Places of Interest

Honfleur

Honfleur is a working port with a long maritime history.  Honfleur was first recorded in documents back in the 11th century and since the 15th century has been a significant port.

Le Vieux Bessin is the old dock at the heart of the town and full of colourful sailing boats. Artists have flocked to Honfleur since the early 19th century - Monet, Turner, Courbet, Dubourg and today there is still thriving art scene.

Today Honfleur is very popular with tourists arriving by cruise ship, car, motorbike or bicycle.

There are many interesting things to see in Honfleur. Wander through the cobbled streets and visit the Vieux Bassin with its boats, quays and signature buildings: the tall, narrow, slate- fronted waterside houses. Today you can still buy your fish directly from the men and their wives directly from their boats.

The church of Ste- Catherine which was built by local ships carpenters, entirely from wood (except for the foundations), to celebrate the departure of the English after the Hundred Years War. The church stands apart from its massive oak belfry, which is now a part of the Eugäne-Boudin museum.

Honfleur is one of those places you never tire of visiting.

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Photographs 1 & 3 taken by Dave Vickers, Photocoordinates