The town of Fécamp can be found just 10km away from the Aiguille Creuse campsite on the Côte d’Albâtre (alabaster coast), the name given to the Pays de Caux coastline because of its white cliffs stretching for 120km… A landscape like nowhere else in the world!
Things to do in Fécamp
Fécamp is one of this coastline’s small ports well worth taking the time to visit during your holiday in Normandy! Fécamp is on the official French list of Towns of Art and History. The town’s heritage features are highlighted and promoted by a team of professional guides via guided tours, storytelling walkabouts, hikes, heritage workshops and various shows.
- Cap Fagnet, the highest point on the Côte d’Albâtre, culminates at 105 metres to offer an amazing view over the cliffs, the port and the town itself. The massive bunkers remaining from the Atlantic Wall can still be visited by guided tours. The wind farm installed in 2006 also merits a visit, as do the bird sanctuary and the sailors’ chapel.
- Built in the Middle Ages and rebuilt during the 15th century, Saint Etienne Church features a Renaissance portal that’s listed as a Historic Monument. The church towers above the port of Fécamp..
- Sainte Trinité Abbatial Church, Place des Ducs Richard. This is a listed Historic Monument. With a length equal to that of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, it features a 60-metre lantern tower and an astronomical tide clock.
- The Benedictine Palace, Rue Alexandre Legros. This factory palace dating from 1863 was built by Alexander Le Grand, a wine merchant from Fécamp, who found the recipe for his elixir in an ancient book. After a few trials and errors, he succeeded in recreating the famous liqueur that is still enjoyed today! Worth visiting for the building itself, the history behind it and, of course, the beverage of the same name!
- The Musée des Pêcheries. The Fisheries Museum is at Fécamp port, 12km from the Aiguille Creuse campsite. Start by walking to the panoramic viewpoint to admire the stunning view over Fécamp and the port, then visit the museum to learn about the adventures of the fishermen of Fécamp who sailed to Newfoundland to spend long months fishing for cod. You’ll also see collections of typical Normandy wardrobes, cabinets, costumes and jewellery) as well as an amazing collection on the theme of childhood, put together by Dr Dufour.
Audio guides in French and English available at the museum (€2)
- Chocolate Museum, Route de Valmont. On this tour you’ll find out all there is to know about cocoa and its history. Tastings, games and activities, a wonderful experience for chocolate lovers.
- Woody Parc – Amusement Park on Avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny with activities for the whole family, including treetop adventure trails, paintball, Body Bubbles and mini Olympics.
Yport – 7km
Nestling in a hanging valley, this village remains a vivid memory for the local fishermen. Their small boats are reminders of the olden days when life in Yport revolved around the sea, and sailors ventured out to the edge of Newfoundland.
Recognised as a seaside resort since 1929, Yport has known many famous people, including the likes of Maupassant, Gide and Boudin.
Nowadays, Yport is a quiet, picturesque village.
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