It would be a shame to come to Dieppe without seeing the western coastline and the famous Etretat cliffs.
Set off at 9.30 via the motorway and Tôtes. You should arrive around 11.00 and start by driving to the eastern clifftop and parking by the chapel. A good place for a picnic lunch and a few photos.
On descending have a walk in the town and along the
promenade and don’t miss the covered market and the Manoir de la Salamandre in
the rue du Président Coty. At the foot of steps is the Roches Blanches restaurant
If it’s time to eat, we suggest climbing up to the Golf Course on the Western Cliffs www.golfetretat.com Tel : 02
35 27 04 56 which can be reached on foot via the steps at the western end of the
beach, or by car. It’s above the Dormy
House Hotel, also to be recommended. The views are spectacular in fine
If the weather is inclement, it might be better to visit the
Galion Restaurant du Président René
Coty. Tel 02 35 29 48 74
Leave the car at Les Loges and take the vélorail riding downhill from to Etretat on a Draisine (here a kind of railcycle), and return by vintage railcar www.lafrancevudurail.fr/ttepac
It can in any case be hard to park in Etretat. Also: There is a fine gîte in Les Loges www.leclosdeshautesloges.fr Alternatively take a trip to the Lac de Caniel leisure park (near Cany) where among other things you could try water tele-ski.
The restaurant is reasonably good and practical for a group www.lacdecaniel.com It’s advisable to book your restaurant in advance, particularly in the busy summer months.
At 2.30 p.m. set off for Fécamp www.fecamptourisme.com Take a walk on the beach front and perhaps visit the Fishing and Newfoundland Museum (currently being reorganized). Or visit the excellent Benedictine Museum to see how the famous liqueur is made www.benedictine.com Possible restaurants in Fécamp : le Terre-Neuvas on the beach above a pizzeria or Chez Nounoute, www.cheznounoute.com which is well-known but less touristy. Also a brasserie: La Taverne, 12 Grand quai above the harbour or the Reidroc on the beach. More upmarket is La Marée www.restaurant-maree-fecamp.fr
The return route is via Veules les Roses, where there is a pleasant walk along the shortest river “fleuve” in France (1100 metres long). www.veule-les-roses.fr Veules has just joined the official list of the most beautiful villages of France and is the only one in Seine Maritime. www.france-beautiful-villages.org/en
Veules les Roses
Have a sit down in the tearoom of the Hotel Douce France (two towers mark its position in the main street.) The rear has a view of the river. For a small family restaurant try La Marine 13 rue Victor Hugo near the beach www.la-marine.com On a warm day sit at a table on the terraces of the Victor Hugo Brasserie where there are superb views along the coast.
Pourville sur Mer
Return via Varengeville and Pourville. On the road climbing up the cliffs towards Dieppe stop at the viewpoint to admire the sunset. You could be back in Dieppe by 7 p.m.