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“Amazing landscape”
Review of Falaise d'Etretat

Falaise d'Etretat
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Etretat
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed November 24, 2013

The cliffs don't need to be presented anymore, they're stunning and well worth the trip. However, here are a few things you need to know: First of al, parking spaces are limites in this little town, and summer months are dreadful. The further away you park, the best. Second, the cliffs paths are downtrodden, bring along a pair of walking shoes, forget sandals and slippers. Third, bring your own drinks unless you don't mind to be ripped off, prices in town are about the same as in Paris, and Etretat ain't no Champ Elysées. Altogether a great destination, that can be done in a morning followed by a short drive to nearby Le Havre or Montivilliers.

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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Make the effort to hike up the hill, on both sides if you can manage it.

The views are spectacular. It is well worth the effort to keep going until you can look back at the needle. We sat here for a picnic lunch, and were a little concerned a while later when we saw a sign by the golf course warning of vipers.

1  Thank susan2305
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

I've been wanting to visit Etretat for a long time to see the cliffs, and finally managed it as a day trip from Paris. It takes about 2.5 hours, on good roads. Be prepared to pay a lot in tolls. The cliffs were spectacular -- I was able to see them at both high and low tides, in cloudy and sunny weather. I would never have imagined that the Atlantic could be such a turquoise color in the sun. I walked up both cliffs and beyond for best views. The trails, which can be steep, could be a little bit of a challenge if one is not accustomed to hiking, but well worth the visit. Definitely a must to see.

3  Thank Beleriand
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

The enormous cliffs of Etretat have three arches, the most famous one (often seen in movies) can be accessed from the top. The hiking path is quite steep, so you need to be pretty fit. But once you are on top, the view is spectacular.

The town of Etretat below you, the golf course on the other side. Photos, depending on the weather, can be very beautiful.

1  Thank Dutch-Mikey
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

The 120-kilometres stretch of limestone cliffs around the town of Etretat in Normandy are called the Alabaster Coast because of their chalky white appearance. In addition to its striking texture and colour, there are several Gothic looking formations within walking distance of this town. In particular, there are four such famous formations in this vicinity. From the Promenade sur le Perrey, which is the boardwalk of this town running along the beach, if you walk northwards, you will see the Amont arch (Falaise d’Amont), and if you walk southwards, you will see the Aval arch (Falaise d’Aval), the Needle (L’Aiguille), and the Manneporte arch (Falaise d’Manneporte).

The best way to enjoy this spectacular scenery is to take a hike around this area. One route I would recommend would be to start from the aforementioned promenade, and walk southwards. From the promenade and beach, you can already see the Falaise d’Aval, and if you follow the path, it would lead you to the L’Aiguille, which is right beside the Falaise d’Aval, and then to the Falaise d’Manneporte. The distance between the promenade and Falaise d’Manneporte is around 1.2-kilometres, and returning back to the starting point would be double this distance. This route involves a couple of steep 45-degree climbs on dirt trails, and can be moderately physically challenging. As such, wearing proper hiking shoes is advisable. In addition, if you are not physically fit, carrying a hiking staff is also advisable. However, having said this, I have seen tourists wearing high-heeled shoes successfully completing this route! If you do this hike at a leisurely pace, as well as stop often to take photos of the magnificent scenery, this route should take you around two hours or faster to complete.

Another route I would recommend would be to start from the Promenade sur le Perrey, and walk southwards past the Falaise d’Manneporte, all the way to Antifer beach (Plage d’Antifer), and have a picnic there. The distance between the promenade and Plage d’Antifer is around 3.0-kilometres, and returning back to the starting point would be double this distance. Note that as you reach the end of this route, you can see the beach, but in order to descend to it, you have to hike away from the sea into a valley with heavy shrubbery. Do take care not to descend too far down this valley, and take the nearest fork back towards to the sea as soon as you get to ground level.

If you came in a car driven by a tour guide, you have additional options. You can start from the Promenade sur le Perrey, have a picnic at the Plage d’Antifer, and arrange for your tour guide to pick you up from a car-park around 1.7-kilometres southeast of this beach. Alternatively, you can start from this car-park, and hike to the town for a proper meal. The total distance of either one-way routes is around 5.1-kilometres. If you do either hike at a leisurely pace, as well as stop often to take photos of the magnificent scenery, either route should take you around four hours or faster to complete, excluding the time taken to have a picnic or meal.

My friends and I hiked from the Promenade sur le Perrey to the Plage d’Antifer, where we had a picnic, and then to the car-park, where our tour guide picked us up. We loved the scenery along this route, and deemed it a must-see for anyone visiting this region. I have attached a map of our hiking route, and some photos of the scenery along the way, which I hope you would find useful in formulating your own plan when visiting here.

20  Thank SporeanGranTurismo
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