Why Visit  Honfleur Normandy

If you travel to Normandy this is one town you should not miss – why visit Honfleur. We visited in August and could only spare four hours. So we hardly scratched the service of this beautiful little port town. We arrived around lunchtime and it was very busy although we did manage to park down near the old port. It cost 6€ for four hours. Not really thinking Saturday is market day so this could account for some of the busyness plus it was the height of the Summer.

Along one side of the port there were lots of market stalls selling all sorts of produce, some of which aimed specifically at tourists. Others fruit, veg and other food related items. As we wandered we discovered that the market also carried on up the streets behind the main port area. It almost seemed as if many of the little shops had stalls of their own outside. There was every kind of shop you could think of. One of the things I really like about France is the fact that they have so many independent or small retailers. Honfleur is full of them. Unsurprisingly the boys were attracted by the chocolate shop and patisserie.

The streets are made of large cobbles and so our little travel buggy did not cope well with moving around. Many of the buildings and streets are all originals dating back to the 1700s which makes you wonder how it withstood WW2. The houses are half brick and half beamed, with many of the beams painted in pastel shades of green and blue.  The streets are narrow and so mainly shaded which was a relief from the heat.  But walking down them you could think you were transported back three hundred years if it wasn’t for all the tourists.

We came across the most unusual wooden church just round the back of the port called Eglise Sainte-Catherine de Honfleur. The clock tower is opposite and is typically used for storing some of the metal market stands in one side. The other there is pubic toilets. Something I find rather strange since the building itself has been painted by some of the formable impressionist artists including Monet.

Inside the church which is free to enter everything is wood. I have never been in a wooden church before and was quite humbled by its size and the carved detail. There is a large organ and wooden balcony at the back, where several old paintings hang. It has two alters at the front. Along one side the originall bottle green glass windows are still in place. I could have spent a lot of time taking in every detail. But of course the boys allowed us around ten minutes. Which was good for them, goes to show even they were in awe of it.

From the church we walked back down to the port. On the opposite side to the one we arrived there are plenty of restaurants and snack bars. All of which have outside seating next to the port. Be warned they are not cheap but it is a lovely place to sit and have lunch. Here are a few photos from our visit to hopefully give you some reason as to why visit Honfleur.

Picture Postcard Photos of Honfleur

The boys trying out the vintage carousel, Kipper loved the plane. This was a double storey one but Monkey was too big for the planes on the upper decks as well so had to settle for a horse.

Our first glimpse at the old buildings off the port area. The whole street was like this but very popular with the photographers

We actually treated the boys to come chocolate from this shop. Kipper opted for red strawberry favoured balls (which he didn’t like) and Monkey salted caramel

I don’t think I have ever seen so many different flavours of macaroons!

It was so hot even the nougat was melting, the boys were fascinated by the big lumps. On the other side of the shop they had sugared fruits. But all the wasps put me off.

Kipper was having a moment… a rather loud one in the church!

One of the alters..

The back of the church with the wooden balcony and art hanging. Even the husband who is not a fan of churches was impressed with it. I think its probably the oldest church either of us have ever been in .

The window panes remind me of the bottom of green glass bottles

Outside the church itself is the clock tower. We pondered if the struts were added at a later date because it wasn’t looking very straight!

Rows of beautifully painted buildings

Spotted this cheeky little fellow on one of them

A new perspective on the buildings around the port. Snapped this after we had eaten. 

Have you been to any villages and towns in Normandy you can recommend? We had such a great time that I am sure we will be back. If you do please can you leave them in the comments below.

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34 Comments

  1. Margaret Gallagher Reply

    Have been here several times – such a beautiful place

  2. Wow! This is somewhere we missed and I really wish we’d been!! We shall just have to go back!! (You’ve reminded me just how many of my French posts I need to get written too! 🤦‍♀️🤣)

  3. Never been there before and it looks absolutely lovely. I would love the opportunity to visit someday. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  4. Sarah Emery Reply

    Honfleur Normandy looks like a fantastic place to visit. The macaroons a lone would be reason for me to visit 😉 Great post and I’ll have to add Honfleur Normandy to my long Places to Visit list.

  5. When I read your posts, I usually do so with the children in mind. However, this town has my name on it. Absolutely fabulous. Thanks.

  6. Honfleur looks lovely and I would like to visit it someday. I have been to Normandy quite a few times, and my favorite place is Barfleur, which is close to Cherbourg.

  7. Sondra Barker Reply

    I have the biggest sweet tooth and all those flavors of macaroons have me craving them! From the flavors pictured, I am most intrigued by the Coca-Cola flavored one. (reciprocated by Natasha Romero-Salas)

  8. You have convinced me to visit with your beautiful pictures! I want myself some of those macaroons and to browse in the chocolate shop!

  9. How beautiful. I am desperate to return to France and see a few of the towns. I love that church, how unique!

  10. this place looks wonderful and I love the amazing view the food looks yummy! I would love to visit this place someday awesome photos!

  11. Yet another cool place that I haven’t heard of before but now what to visit. I love visiting Europe — this is another place to add to my bucket list!

  12. The desserts are so tantalizing!Wow that alone would make me want to visit food galore!

  13. Looks like such an amazing place out there. I would love to visit inside the church. Just so beautiful and serene. And the bakery looks to die for. I would love trying out some of those confections.

  14. Kuntala Banerjee Reply

    Never been to France. But it is already part of my Europe tour list. I will try to sneak into this town. Very artistic place. Liked your photos.

  15. Delicous cakes, beautiful architecture – I feel the uplifting spirit of this place. It was a wonderful experience for you, I can tell.

  16. How beautiful this place is. Well I will add the place to my overflowing messy bucket list and try to tik it off very soon

  17. So beautiful place to visit and lot to see. These cakes look so stunning x

  18. This is such a beautiful town. It sounds like you had an amazing time. I’d love to visit one day.

  19. I’d travel the city only for the amazing and mouth watering desserts, haha! The macaroons look so yum 😀

  20. Delicious food and fabulous architecture! Looks like a quinte beautiful town to visit!

  21. We love Normandy but were so pre-ocuppied with the WW2 things that we missed Hornfleur – kicking myself now

  22. What a beautiful place to visit! I love all your photos, that place does look like an amazing place to visit!

  23. We loved visiting there, when we went, it was such a perfect place to visit.

  24. I’ve never been to Normandy but it looks absolutely beautiful. Your pics are gorgeous! And the food looks amazing, yum! #BloggerClubUK

  25. Valerie Durias Reply

    This place is so pretty! Perfect for postcards indeed. How I wosh I could visit one day

  26. It looks so wonderful here and the chocolate and cakes are very tempting!

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