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Top Choice Natural Feature in Étretat

Falaise d’Aval

It's impossible to miss this cliff, as the shingle beach bends around off to the southwest, with its natural arch and solitary needle. You will spy miniature figures climbing up the precarious steps and over the gra…
Top Choice Gallery in Le Havre

Musée Malraux

Near the waterfront, this luminous and tranquil space houses a fabulous collection of vivid impressionist works – the finest in France outside Paris – by masters such as Monet (who grew up in Le Havre), Pissarro, Re…
Top Choice Museum in Rouen

Historial Jeanne d'Arc

For an introduction to the great 15th-century heroine and the events that earned her fame – and shortly thereafter condemnation – don't miss this excellent site. It's less of a museum, and more of an immersive, thea…
Top Choice Brasserie in Le Havre

La Taverne Paillette

Solid brasserie food is served up at this Le Havre institution whose origins, in a former incarnation, go back to the late 16th century. Think bowls overflowing with mussels, generous salads, gargantuan seafood plat…
Top Choice Bistro in Rouen

L’Espiguette

This charmingly decorated eatery serves excellent bistro classics – think osso bucco (veal casserole), fillet of sole, beef tartare – with the day's offerings up on a chalkboard. It's quite popular with locals, so r…
Top Choice Church in Rouen

Abbatiale St-Ouen

This largely empty 14th-century abbey is a gloriously sublime and quite stunning example of the Rayonnant Gothic style, with a colossal interior dappled with the light from the gorgeous stained glass; it's quite a m…
Cathedral in Rouen

Cathédrale Notre Dame

Rouen’s stunning Gothic cathedral, built between the late 12th and 16th centuries, was famously the subject of a series of canvases painted by Monet at various times of the day and year. The 75m-tall Tour de Beurre …
Abbey in Fécamp

Abbatiale de la Ste-Trinité

Built from 1175 to 1220 by Richard the Lionheart, towering Abbatiale de la Ste-Trinité was the most important pilgrimage site in Normandy until the construction of Mont St-Michel, thanks to the drops of Jesus’ blood…
Abbey in Seine-Maritime

Abbaye de Jumièges

With its ghostly white-stone ruins glowing against bright green grass and dark green trees, the Abbaye de Jumièges is one of Normandy’s most evocative medieval relics. The church was begun in 1020, and William the C…
Gallery in Rouen

Panorama XXL

In a large, circular column on the waterfront, Panorama XXL is a massive 360-degree exhibition offering in-depth exploring of one astonishing landscape, created with photographs, drawings, digital images and recorde…