Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Normandy. It is still active as a fishing port and marina. The town has preserved many historic and traditional buildings and houses some interesting museums, churches and monuments.
23 km south of Le Havre via the Pont de Normandie
75 km north-east of Caen
189 km north of Le Mans
190 km west of Paris via the A13
From west to east, the areas of Honfleur are :
Saint-Léonard with the eponym church behind the tourist office and the open-air wash house.
L’Enclos with the old port (Vieux Bassin), the Lieutenance, the church of Saint-Etienne (now a Marine museum) and the salt halls (Greniers à Sel).
Sainte-Catherine : around the largest wooden church with a separate bell-tower in France you’ll find narrow streets with the best restaurants and art galleries.
The sea wall, bordered with well kept parks, makes a pleasant walk along the mouth of the Seine.
Côte de Grâce is a hill at about 1.5 km from the town center which offers beautiful views on Honfleur, the Seine, the Pont de Normandie and Le Havre
Allo Taxi Honfleurais +33 2 31 98 87 59
Taxi Morin +33 2 31 98 77 81
Alain Taxi +33 2 31 87 35 00
Le Vieux Bassin et la Lieutenance. Old harbor and port authority buildings. Charming but monopolized by restaurant terraces.
Sainte-Catherine church, This church has been built in wood by marine carpenters around 1500. The two parallel vaults take the shape of a reversed hull.
Clocher Sainte-Catherine (bell tower), Open in summer (and winter week-ends) 10am-12am and 2pm-6pm, in winter weekdays 2.30pm-17pm, closed on Tuesday , This wooden bell tower is separated from the main church.
Musée Eugène Boudin (Eugène Boudin Museum), +33 2 31 89 54 00, Open in summer (and winter week-ends) 10am-12am and 2pm-6pm, in winter weekdays 2.30pm-17pm, closed on Tuesday, rue de l’Homme de Bois, Eugene Boudin is one of the precursors of the Impressionist movement. The museum houses some 92 works of the painter.
Maisons Satie (Satie museum), +33 2 31 89 11 11, +33 2 31 89 11 11, Summer 10am-7pm, winter 11am-6pm; closed on Tuesday, 67 boulevard Charles V, by feet from Sainte-Catherine church take the rue de l’Homme de Bois and turn right at the sign, A surrealist walk into Satie’s music and wit. The composer Erik Satie was born in this house in Honfleur in 1866. His life is told (over free audio phones - in French by Michel Lonsdale, English version also available) from room to room, with many anecdotes and music samples. You’ll even see his ghost playing his music on a white piano. Allow one hour to make the tour.
Le Jardin des Personnalités (the Garden of Personalities), A nice and well-kept garden on the mouth of the Seine filled with busts of some famous inhabitants of Honfleur. At the rear of the garden, a small path leads to the center of a marsh, where you can savour the quiet and look for birds.
Le Jardin Retrouvé (public garden), 8am till sunset, Along the bank of the Seine, a nice garden with swings for the children.
Naturospace (live butterflies garden), +33 2 31 81 77 00, An indoor tropical garden with hundreds of butterflies; charming, ideal on a rainy day.
Musée de la Marine (Marine Museum), +33 2 31 89 14 12, Closed on Monday, quai Saint-Etienne, on the Vieux Bassin, In the unconsecrated Saint-Etienne church (14th century), an exhibit of model boats and other souvenirs of the sailor's life.
Normandy Culture & Ethnography Museum (installed in the former prison), +33 2 31 89 14 12, rue de la Prison, behind Saint-Etienne church, The museum recreates life in old Normandy.
Pont de Normandie, out of town, direction Le Havre, Impressive bridge over the Seine (toll €5).
Notre Dame de Grâce chapel, on the hill Côte de Grâce, south-west of Honfleur, An old chapel, build by Richard II and rebuild in 1615 on the hill. Beautiful views on the town and on the Seine.
There are more than 100 restaurants in Honfleur.
La Commanderie, +33 2 31 89 14 92, place Sainte-Catherine, Pancakes and pizzas
L’Homme de Bois, +33 2 31 89 75 27, 30-32 rue de l’Homme de Bois, near Sainte-Catherine church, Brasserie, in an old fisherman house; timbered ceiling with exposed beams; oysters, skate wing, floating island.
La Tortue, +33 2 31 89 04 93, 36 rue de l'Homme de Bois, near Sainte-Catherine church
La Fleur de Sel, +33 2 31 89 01 92, Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and in January, 17 rue Haute, the rue Haute is below and parallel to the rue de l’Homme de Bois, Classic restaurant with fine cooking: cold soup with tuna and tomatoes, calf’s liver with vegetables duxelle, strawberry soup. Reservation is essential.
Le Bréard, +33 2 31 89 53 40, +33 2 31 89 53 40, Closed on Tuesday lunchtime, Wednesday, Thursday lunchtime, 7 rue du Puits, near Sainte-Catherine church, Trendy gastronomic restaurant in the artists area of Honfleur; fine and innovative cooking; very fresh fish (turbot €25, sea bass €20). Reservation is essential.i
Villa Ariane , +33 6 70 30 87 86, +33 6 70 30 87 86, 29-31 route Emile Renouf, at the entrance of the city, coming from the pont de Normandie, Five big and clear rooms in a 19th-century villa, in a big garden. A little bit worrying when you arrive, because the exterior of the villa are not yet restored (the proprietors plan to rebuild the veranda this winter (2007). The interior is great and clear, everything has been renovated as it was one hundred years ago. Good location as the house has a private parking and the center of Honfleur is at a fifteen minutes walk. OK but welcome and cleanliness to improve
Post Office : 7 cours Albert-Manuel (500m south-west from the quai Sainte-Catherine), weekdays 8.30am-12am & 1.30pm-6pm Saturday 8.30am-12am
Bio Market, place Sainte-Catherine, each Wednesday 8.30am to 1pm
Traditional Market, Sainte-Catherine area, each Saturday 8.30am to 1pm
Fish Market, harbor, each Saturday 8.30am to 1pm
Tourism Office : quai Lepaulmier (on the D580 passing through Honfleur from west to east) +33 2 31 89 23 30, open every day from 10am to 5pm (closed for lunch 12.30 to 2pm on weekdays)
Le Havre (5 km north)
Trouville-sur-Mer and Deauville, beach resorts (10 km south)
Regional Natural Park of the Boucles de la Seine Normande (40 km east)
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