For the first week end of July my friends and I went to Honfleur, in the North of France in Normandy. You probably never heard of it because neither have I before it was brought up to me to be honest. The initial plan was to go do Deauville -which I’d say is more famous at least if you’re French or familiar with our locations- BUT Deauville was more expensive. So as broke students we opted for the cheaper yet still nice option.
And honestly Honfleur was much more pleasant than I expected it to be, so let me walk you through my 48 hours in Honfleur !
Most of the souvenirs shop and restaurants are located around this area so if you want to buy cider or biscuit or even a nice yellow coat, you will definitely find your happiness there.
It’s also pretty nice to just eat some ice cream and stroll around to enjoy the view.
BIG WHEEL / MERRY GO ROUND
The big wheel cost 5€ and do 5 round, so it’s 1€ per round. The view from up there is pretty amazing over the city and the port.
Sadly I didn’t get any good shot because it goes around pretty quickly and I wasn’t ready ahah. There’s also a merry go round next to the port.
The beach is located about 10/15min walk from the port. You can also see on park this walk and the “Personalities Garden”.
Also you can view the “Normandy Bridge” which is one of the longest bridge.
“Jardin Des Personnalités”
As I wrote above this garden – “Garden of Personnalities” can be found on the side walk that lead to the beach.
Honestly it’s a must see ! The design of the plants, flowers and statues are all together really cute. Most of the personnalities bust you can find in there are writers, poets that contributed to the city or wrote about it.
Honfleur was a place were many artists met trhough the years so you can find a lot of art gallery all over the city. So if you’re looking for paintings, sculpturs, some ancient furniture you may find your happiness there.
It’s a nice destination for a romantic gateway, week end gateway with friend or a family holidays. Also very to access for foreigner from England, Netherlands or Germany.
You can very well visit it in a day and move onto Deauville or anywhere in Normandy if you’re travelling by car. The Mt St Michel isn’t really far from it (you can read more about it here)
WHERE TO EAT
It’s for dinner that our “where should we eat” quest began. That means, finding a place that satisfy everyone taste and budget. Which can be really hard to be honest.
While wandering down some alley an open window on a restaurant caught our attention “La cidrerie” and after a quick look at the menu, we decided that this should be the place and we weren’t dissapointed at all with our choice.
The staff was really friendly, the atmosphere pleasant and cozy.
The price are reasonnable as well, and the food really yummy. You can enjoy a wide variety of “Galette” which is pretty famous around Normandy and Brittany in France. And of course drink some Cider to pair with !
Adress La Cidrerie :
26 Place Hamelin,
Where we stayed :
B&B Hotel – The establishement has just been renoved so it was still a little dusty from a the construction, but the room we stayed in was really nice and cozy for 4 people. It’s not right in Honfleur but a bit further. Also not really the best to access by feet but it’s not impossible if you don’t mind walking on the side walk.
Also despite being call a bed & breakfast hotel you have to pay 6€ to actually get the breakfast buffet. We paid for it, it was decent, altough a bit pricey for what it is.
How to get there :
If you don’t drive you can take one of the several bus company to get there, they drop you right near the port.
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