Two iconic rock formations at Étretat often adorn tourist web sites for Normandy. We thought we should take a break from cathedrals, chateaux and medieval streets to breathe the fresh ocean air. Étretat lies midway along our route from Arras, in the Grand Est of France, to Bayeux, in Normandy. 

So, come with us on a relaxing walk on the beach, up the hillside, and through the village. In case you’d like some fun facts along the way, we’ll sprinkle a few among the photos.

The cliffs of Étretat are a popular site for water sports; due to strong winds atop the cliffs, air gliding is a common sport enjoyed in the area.

The cliffs of Étretat have inspired famous artists and writers, including Victor Hugo, author of ‘Les Misérables’, and Claude Monet and Gustave Courbet.

The cliffs of Étretat are at least 70 meters (230 feet) high and are primarily colored white to a light grey color.

The cliffs of Étretat are one of the most popular tourist areas along the Alabaster Coast, as it is home to a 50 metre (164 foot) high pointed rock formation, named the ‘Needle’, as well as three large natural arches and a beach area.

The cliffs of Étretat are part of a stunning coastline along the English Channel, known as ‘La Côte d’Albâtre’, or ‘The Alabaster Coast.’ It spans a distance of approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles), and is virtually a long wall of cliff.

The cliffs of Étretat are the home to many seagulls; the ocean area was once a prime fishing spot and was also used for oyster farming.

The cliffs of Étretat were formed primarily by erosion from wind, rain and ocean waves, and coastal erosion is still significant due to the soft chalk.

The cliffs of Étretat cradle the fishing village of Étretat, which is a popular tourist destination; tourism has become one of the main sources of income in the area.

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