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A charming seaside town in Normandy, Honfleur is one of the best-preserved ports on this stretch of the French coast. It's popular with the boating community, with an elegant harbor and attractive 18th century houses lining the waterfront. In the 19th century, artists flocked to Honfleur to capture the picturesque beauty of the place and it retains that aesthetic appeal. It's a refined town with chic restaurants and cafes, offering a relaxed base for exploring the Normandy coast. Venere, one of the world's leading online accommodation sites, can provide Honfleur hotels ranging from high-end establishments to budget options, offering the best value rooms in town. Book your Honfleur accommodation in advance using our quick and easy reservation system.
What's Honfleur Like?
The port and harbor have always been at the heart of Honfleur, from its days as a busy fishing port to its current status as a haven for the yachting crowd. The Vieux Bassin waterfront area features charmingly haphazard slate-fronted houses and a striking gatehouse. There is a maritime museum housed in the old church of St. Etienne and the chapel of Notre Dame de Grace features relics related to the colonization of Canada. The 15th century church of Ste. Catherine is unusual in that it is made almost entirely of wood. Honfleur enjoyed its fashionable heyday in the 19th century when the vistas inspired Monet and his contemporary impressionists. There is a substantial collection of 19th century painting in the Eugene Boudin museum named after the local painter who trained Monet. There is still an active art scene in Honfleur, with numerous small galleries showcasing new works. Honfleur hotels offer a relaxed stay in this small resort town.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Honfleur
Speaking a little French will make an impression in a town that is unused to mass tourism. Honfleur's popularity with the yachting crowd means you will fit in more comfortably if you dress nicely for dining out. Some of Honfleur's restaurants are very chic and local seafood is a specialty. For a less expensive option, follow the example of the locals and try a traditional Norman cidrerie, serving local cider and delicious crepes at long wooden tables. Alternatively, some fixed price lunch menus can be a bargain. Venere helps you identify the ideal option from our range of Honfleur hotels by providing honest and accurate guest reviews, sample room layouts and maps indicating the distances to the main attractions. The website details allow you to get a firm impression of what to expect from Honfleur accommodation before you book.