Worth a visit - Fécamp

Framed by impressive white cliffs, this historic coastal town offers a heady cocktail of attractions. Fécamp is both port, resort, ducal town, pilgrimage destination, art centre and the home of a famous liqueur.

Not to be missed

> Le Palais Bénédictine
(Benedictine Palace): this truly palatial building makes a grand impression in central Fécamp, built in neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance styles for Alexandre Le Grand, the entrepreneur who developed the alcoholic herbal drink, Benedictine. The liqueur has been produced in this exceptional site, and exported all over the world, for over a century. The Palais Bénédictine contains three centres of interest: the distillery in which the famous liquor is prepared; its collection of religious works, mainly from the 15th and 16th centuries, displayed just as they were at the end of the 19th century and a contemporary art gallery.

> Le Palais Ducal (Ducal Palace): opposite the abbey church, the remains of the castle here recall the attachment of the Dukes of Normandy to Fécamp.

> L'Abbatiale de la Trinité (abbey church of the Trinity): this huge medieval abbey church, longer than Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, has Romanesque origins but was mainly built in the early Gothic period. The edifice contains numerous gems, including the chapel of the Virgin and its 14th century stained glass, the remains of the 15th century rood screen, 16th century Italian-style balustrades and a bold baldaquin in gilded wood from the 18th century. Two Norman dukes, Richard I and Richard II, were buried here.

> Church of Saint-Etienne: a dramatic shell of a church, all that remains of this vast 16th century edifice are the transept, apse and south door.

> Musée Les Pêcheries (Fisheries Museum): this new landmark museum explores the long history of fishing in the port of Fécamp and in Normandy, along with exhibits from local traditions and history. It also boasts a glass rooftop, enabling visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the town and the sea.


Must-sees close to Fécamp

  • Nature has carved fabulous shapes out of the white cliffs at Etretat. The extraordinary site drew Impressionist painters aplenty. The picturesque resort was also chosen as the setting for the stories of a favourite French children’s character, gentleman burglar Arsène Lupin...
  • At the mouth of the Seine, the major port of Le Havre is a model of concrete grandeur. Devastated in World War II, with to the boldness of its reconstruction, it’s been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • With its deep harbour protected by white cliffs, Dieppe has long been a favourite for cross-Channel visitors. As to daring Dieppe sailors, they explored the globe. Learn about the town’s maritime connections up at the cliff-top castle, down at the Cité de la Mer, and in a theatre dedicated to the tragic Allied Dieppe Raid of 1942.