Have you ever been to Etretat before?
Etretat is a little town in the Upper Normandy, arround 30 km from the main city, Le Havre. Étretat is best known for its chalk cliffs, including three natural arches and a pointed formation called L’Aiguille or the Needle, which rises 70 metres (230 ft) above the sea (source wikipedia).
For me personally, Etretat is the only town that I would never ever get bored to go to and/ or bring my friends there, when they come to visit me in Rouen. First reason, it is outstandingly beautiful. Second of all, nobody is ever dissapointed when I brought them there (side note: even in a very bad weather lol).
Except the famous looks like “elephant” cliff and amazing view from the above, apparently Etretat has a little hidden gem. I did not even recognise it until I saw a personal blogger posted about it on her instagram, Les Jardins d’Etretat. This garden was actually created by Madame Thébault (a French actress) in 1903 which the garden itself inspired by the famous painter, Claude Monet.
The garden is open to public from 10th February 2019 onwards: Every day: March, November and from 1- 20th December 2019 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. April – October 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (you can click on their website for more information).
The ticket entrance is a bit pricey, consider you only need at least 30 minutes to visit the entire garden, yet it is really worth to visit. I went there on spring last year, so the weather was not that hot. And here’s some magnificent pictures I’ve took from the garden..
Don’t forget to bring some water as you need to hike the cliff if you came from the town, or if you bring your car, you can park for free just in front of the Chapel at the Falaise d’Amont.