Easter weekend is a long 4 day one here in the Netherlands, so most years we try to get away. Since it is within a do-able driving distance, we decided to visit Normandy for the weekend. Normandy is a great place to relax for the weekend – there isn’t a lot to do besides enjoy the beach, the countryside, eat nice food and drink wine. We stayed in Heuqueville, which is a short drive from Etretat, on the Côte d’Albâtre (Alabaster Coast) in Haute Normandy.

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We’ve already visited the areas or Normandy famous for D-Day – Omaha beach, the American cemetery, etc. On our last visit to Normandy we were busy seeing the historical sites, but didn’t have long enough to enjoy the nature, so we decided to return to check out the area with a bit more time on our hands.

Normandy is HUGE! We still haven’t visited Mont St Michel or Monet’s Giverny – so there is always more to come back and see on the next visit. One of the best parts of living in Europe is being able to visit these places and take our time, instead of only visiting Paris or the south of France. Areas like Normandy are France to me. Sure, Paris is too, but visiting areas like Normandy and Brittany give you a better look at what life is like outside of the big city, and prove that the country has so much more than the Eiffel Tower to offer.

Why should you visit this area of Normandy? Just look at the pictures below, and you’ll be convinced

Visit Normandy to hike along its cliffs

One of the main reasons we decided to visit this area was for its beautiful cliffs! One of our “musts” on our weekend away check list is hiking opportunities. Once you head along the coastal path from Etretat, you can leave the crowds behind and walk for hours along the cliffs. The area is just breathtaking.

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Etretat’s famous archway… so beautiful


Views of Etretat – I love the path leading up to the chapel on the hill
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Hiking along the cliff from Etretat going south

Read about Normandy’s D-Day Sites

Visit Normandy for the countryside

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Our AirBnB in Heuqueville, near Etretat

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The garden at our AirBnB
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Our AirBnB in Normandy
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… and it was all yellow
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New friends in Normandy

Visit to see its charming towns

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Palais Benedictine in Fecamp
The town of Etretat

and of course, visit Normandy for the food!

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Brought these home for dinner
Normandy fish
Shopping for dinner at a poissonnerie in Fecamp
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A break on the beach
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Seafood salad
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Les moules … delicious!


Did I miss anything? What are your favorite things to do when you visit Normandy?


  1. Such incredible landscapes and views in Normandy! I would really love to go. Thank you for sharing all of these incredible things to see and do!

  2. Wow, this looks like a great weekend! I am happy for you that you did so, I want to visit Etretat since 4 years and still havent managed to… But I did visit anotber part: Honfleur and Mont Saint Michel which I both loved. Great region!

    • gab.grow@gmail.com Reply

      ah I still want to visit Mont Saint Michel! haven’t crossed it off the list yet!

  3. Normandy looks beautiful! What a perfect time of year to visit as well – the weather and the flowers in the fields looked beautiful. I’ve not been to this part of France, but I agree with you that it can be more fun to check out alternative places to the ever busy Paris or the south of France. I love exploring small towns and villages in less touristy areas – they’re so much cheaper too!

    • gab.grow@gmail.com Reply

      you should definitely visit next time! it’s a great break from visiting cities 🙂

  4. Wow what a gorgeous landscape! Those coastal views are stunning and the grass is so green! Beautiful.

  5. Normandy is incredible! I finally got to visit last fall and it was the highlight of our trip to France. There’s so much beauty and history there.

  6. Wow!! It looks stunning there. I love the view of the cliffs. I would love to visit Normandy and explore all the beauty and history that this place has to offer. Such a great post!! Thanks!!

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