department: seine-maritime


On the north coast of France, Étretat is renowned for its striking cliff formations, carved from white cliffs, the same stuff as the White Cliffs of Dover. These include the Porte d’Aval arch, and The Needle, a fine needle-like sea stack,
71 metres high.

All images © Etretat Tourist Office, except that for the © Jardins d'Etretat 

To the north, the cliffside Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde has dramatic views. Nearby, Le Clos Lupin villa was once home to French novelist and writer of short stories, Maurice Leblanc. He is known primarily as the creator of the fictional gentleman thief and detective Arsène Lupin, often described as a French counterpart to Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation Sherlock Holmes.

But it is unquestionably the cliffs that steal the show here. Yet there is far more to Étretat than cliffs and beach. The resort itself is charming, with fine hotels and Le Vieux Marché a remarkable wooden market hall.

you won't want to miss

The old market square
The square is dominated by a fine timber-frame covered market which holds charming boutiques inside. Plaques on the building recall British and American wartime links to Étretat. Notably, a British hospital was set up in town during World War I and more than 500 British soldiers died there.

Le Clos Arsène Lupin
Even if you are not familiar with the amusing, much-loved gentleman burglar character, Arsène Lupin, and his accomplice, Grognard, created by Maurice Leblanc, it proves a delight to discover all about them at Le Clos Lupin, a fine townhouse once owned by their creator. English-speaking visitors are provided with specially adapted materials so that you can enjoy the playful mystery tour to the full. Young and old alike should be entertained by the detective adventure you embark upon.

Nungesser et Coli Monument
This astonishing needle-like monument set up behind Notre-Dame de la Garde in 1963 recalls a pair of French aviation heroes from World War I who, in 1927, attempted the first flight across the Atlantic. Nungesser and Coli’s plane, Oiseau Blanc, was last seen flying over the white cliffs here.

Les Lardins d’Étretat
The famous actress Madame Thébault created this garden in 1903, inspired by the Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, who himself was a keen gardener. He is the one to whom the garden owes its ambience and originality, faithfully preserved to the present day.

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Office du Tourisme d'Etretat
Place Maurice Guillard, BP 3, 76790 ETRETAT

Tel: 02 35 27 05 21