Walk among the cliffs of Etretat

A short and challenging walk to discover the cliffs of Etretat.

Etretat is a pretty town located on the coast of Alabaster in Normandy. It is a picturesque place stuck between two immense cliffs. There is no port and local fishermen had to pull their boats on the beach. The purpose of this short walk is to walk close to the cliffs. It is better to check the tides because at low tide the cliffs are more accessible. It's better also to have shoes because it is difficult to walk on the rocks and seaweed. This ride is short however it is sporty enough as descents and climbs are harsh. It should be noted that several paths that allow access to the base of the cliffs are banned as too dangerous.

This walk is really worth a look, the cliffs are awesome. Do not hesitate to discover Etretat one of the best resort in Normandy.

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Duration: 2 h.

The beach of Etretat

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The beach of Etretat
Here the beach is composed of pebbles.

Monet and Etretat

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Monet and Etretat
There are several painting reproductions along the beach who show the work of Monet in Etretat. There are more than 50 paintings of Monet on Etretat.

Cliff of “Aval”

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Cliff of “Aval”
Along the beach you can approach the cliff. A sign indicates that you should beware of the tide. Inside the cliff there is the "hole of man" where we can stay and wait for the return of the low tide!

At the foot of the cliffs

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At the foot of the cliffs
You can go inside the cove that you see on the photo. Then there is a tunnel that allows you to go on the other side, unfortunately the rest of the path is closed.

The cliffs at low tide

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The cliffs at low tide
Take a look at the tide schedule, it’s more fun on low tide.

View on the cliff of “Amont”

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View on the cliff of “Amont”
The ascent is quite steep. For those who want to avoid it, there is a car park at the top. Continue a few meters at the top of the cliff to find the path that descends down the cliff.

The descent

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The descent
After a few meters at the top of the cliff, you find a path that get down to the foot of the cliffs. The descent is via fairly steep stairs. Not to be missed.

View from the cliffs

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View from the cliffs
On the way down you have a magnificent view on the coast and the cliffs.

The way down

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The way down
You can access the beach and walk along the cliffs at low tide.

The tide

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The tide
You can see the vortices caused by the rising tide.

The Chapel and the White Bird

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The Chapel and the White Bird
At the top of the cliff stand a chapel and the White Bird, monument dedicated to Nungesser and Coli who attempted to cross the Atlantic without success (before Lindbergh).

The White Bird

The bird white monument represents a plane.

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