A seaside resort on the Alabaster Coast in Seine-Maritime, Fécamp is a place of unequalled natural charm. Now a Town of Art and History, the erstwhile city of the Dukes of Normandy offers a wonderful natural and architectural heritage. Of course it has its beach and tall cliffs, and its location at the end of a dry-hanging valley is another plus.
Appreciated by nature-lovers and hikers following the GR 21 path, Cap Fagnet has a bird reserve as well as an 11th-century chapel containing many ex-votos. From this impressive cliff standing 105 metres tall, you will enjoy a stunning view of the sea and Fécamp!
When it comes to culture, the town has a number of interesting buildings like the Gothic Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity and the Gothic and Renaissance-inspired Benedictine Palace. A masterpiece of the 19th century, the latter houses a museum of ancient and religious art, as well as an exhibition on the history of the famous Bénédictine liqueur, with a tour ending in a tasting.
Fécamp was once a major fishing port and boats set off from there for Newfoundland, an island off the Canadian coast, in order to fish for cod. They were called "terre-neuvas" and you can discover their story at the Fisheries Museum. Based in a former cod-drying facility, it will tell you all about the harbour's maritime past and the fishermen's lives.
After visiting these attractions, take a breath of fresh air as you stroll along the seafront promenade, or relax on the harbour pier. Just like the anglers, take your time and enjoy the spectacle of the waves coming and going, the seagulls' cries and the authentic atmosphere of the place!