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France’s Northern Coast

France's Côte Fleurie is shedding its formal reserve with lively restaurants, endless beaches, and easygoing glamour.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  Despite its glamorous image, despite the surrounding countryside full of verdant, rolling horse farms, expensive villas, and châ... more »

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Points of Interest

Enjoy a quiet, delicious lunch just down the street from the town’s church.

Address:
2 Rue de la Libération
Beaumont-en-Auge
France

Phone:
33-2-31-64-82-31

Bayeux’s famous 230-foot-long tapestry—displayed in this well-run little museum—tells the story of the Norman conquest of England.

Address:
Centre Guillaume Le Conquérant
Bayeux
France

Phone:
33-2-31-51-25-50

3. Eugène Boudin Museum

Eugène Boudin, a landscape painter from the area, met a young artist named Claude Monet and taught him to use oil paints and to work outdoors. It’s best to skip the galleries in town; any hunger for art can be satisfied at the Eugène Boudin Museum, which honors Honfleur’s famous native son.

Address:
Place Erik-Satie
Honfleur
France

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4. Ferme St.-Siméon

A pleasant, family-friendly inn and spa with an ambitious (if overrated) restaurant.

Address:
20 Rue Adolphe Marais
Honfleur
France

Phone:
33-2-31-81-78-00

This seafood brasserie faces the Trouville port.

Address:
5-7 Rue des Bains
Trouville-sur-Mer
France

Phone:
33-2-31-88-80-84

6. Les Vapeurs

Though it’s a local cliché, one must eat at this seafood brasserie facing the Trouville port. The place is the sort of French restaurant you dream—and have nightmares—about: the zinc accents, the paper-covered tables, and, of course, the comically abrupt waiters.

Address:
160 Blvd. Fernand Moureaux
Trouville-sur-Mer
France

Phone:
33-2-31-... More

The birthplace of the avant-garde composer Erik Satie houses a series of odd but amusing tableaux vivants that tell of his life and times. The odd house also has a zigzagging stairway and a merry-go-round that you turn by bicycle pedals (and as you spin, things happen: umbrellas open, musical instruments jiggle, etc.).

Address:
67 Blvd. Charles V
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8. Ste.-Catherine Church

Honfleur’s greatest surviving building, and its separate bell tower date back to the 15th century. The largest, most unusual wooden church in France, it was built by marine carpenters and its vaults resemble the interior of a ship’s hull.

Address:
Pl. Sainte-Catherine
Honfleur
France

Phone:
33-2-31-89-23-30