Etretat is a small resort town in a very picturesque Normandy coast. It is located on the coast of the English Channel, hiding in a hollow between the hills and cliffs of Alabaster coast. The locals call the town “Farm setting sun”. In Roman times there was a Roman road here, and in the 19th century Etretat became quite fashionable and visited resort in France. The city covers an area of 4.07 square km, where about two thousand inhabitants live.
The main attractions of Etretat created by nature are natural sculptures, rocks and arches carved into the cliffs by the sea waves. On the left side of the pebble beach the most famous landmark of the town of Etretat stands, captured in the paintings of famous artists – a huge white rock «La falaise d’Aval» with arch. During low tide, tourists and locals collect on rocks covered with algae and located near the cliff oysters. Previously oysters were not found here. Only in 1777, at the request of Marie Antoinette a nursery for their cultivation was built. Oysters brought two small ships of town Cancale.
In the resort of Etretat tourists from around the world come to see the amazingly beautiful white rock projecting into the sea and forming a large arch. They are considered the main attraction of Etretat, which inspired more than one writer and artist. Among them were Hugo, Maupassant, Offenbach, Dumas, Delacroix and Monet. You can admire the cliffs from customs trails, walking along the coast, walking between ledges on deserted beaches at low tide. Before a tour of the beaches of Etretat you should to view the schedule of ebbs and flows, as you can accidentally fall into the trap and spend some time on a deserted pebble beach.
At high tide, the road to the cave is covered with water, so you need good shoes. Another thing considered unsafe is walking long lugs under the arch «Manneporte», near of which there is a secluded beach. Viewpoints on the rocks have a nice landscape. Fences are made only in a very dangerous place – on top of the cliffs. After the tour, if there is time, it is worth visiting one of the fish restaurants located on the waterfront, and try oysters. If you plan to buy tours to France for this Etretat you to allot a couple of days to safely walk here and get some fresh air.