The square is dominated by a fine timber-frame covered market which holds charming boutiques inside. Plaques on the building recall British and American wartime links to Etretat. Notably, a British hospital was set up in town during World War I and c.550 British soldiers died there.
Even if you are not yet familiar with the amusing, much-loved gentleman burglar character, Arsène Lupin, and his accomplice, Grognard, created by French author Maurice Blanc, it proves a delight to discover all about them at Le Clos Lupin, a fine townhouse once owned by their creator. English-speaking visitors are provided with specially adapted materials so that you can enjoy the playful mystery tour to the full. Young and old alike should be entertained by the detective adventure you embark upon.
This astonishing needle-like monument set up behind Notre-Dame de la Garde in 1963 recalls a pair of French aviation heroes from World War I who, in 1927, attempted the first flight across the Atlantic. Nungesser and Coli’s plane, Oiseau Blanc, was last seen flying over the white cliffs here.
This golf course lies in an exceptional position, perched on the cliff tops west of the resort, more than 150 ft above the sea, making playing golf at Etretat a memorable experience. British fans of the resort were central in founding the course early in the 20th century; in fact the first president was Viscount Bernard Forbes, 8th Count of Granard and a Liberal politician. The course was designed in 1908, in association with Arnaud Massy, an exceptional professional who taught golf at Etretat and has gone down in golfing history as the first non-Briton to win the Open Championship, or British Open. The famous N°10 hole was redesigned 100 years after the course was created and is now even more spectacular than before.
Etretat Gardens are a stunning modern addition to the seaside resort. In 1905, Madame Thebault, a famous actress of the early twentieth century, and a close friend of Claude Monet, built a house and started a small avant-garde garden here. That garden is now home to some incredible stone sculptures that melt into the sculptured ivy shrubbery, all of this on a hillside looking out over the magnificent coastal panorama! Created by famous landscape architect Alexandre Grivko, this site will impress impressionism lovers as well as admirers of contemporary art.