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Between two spectacular white chalk cliffs lies the small seaside town of Etretat. A truly breathtaking spot, is no wonder Etretat has inspired and captured the heart of so many artists, such as Claude Monet, Eugene Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Henri Matisse. The picturesque seafront, famous needle-shaped rock and arches in the cliffs, chapel atop the hill and ever-changing light – soak up the unique atmosphere sheer natural beauty of Etretat at any time of the year!

Étretat in spring

Etretat is arguably one of the most scenic places in the world to go stand-up paddle boarding, or SUPing as it’s more colloquially known. Paddle alongside towering cliffs, explore caves and through Etretat’s famous cliff arch, only accessible by water, for an experience of a lifetime.   

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Étretat in summer

 When the sun comes out there’s not much that beats the feeling of a dip in the sea. The beach in Etretat is the perfect spot to sit back, sunbathe, relax, or simply enjoy the fabulous scenery around you. If you’re after a bit more action, head to the golf course on the clifftop west of the town for a round of 18 holes with a view, or enjoy a sailing lesson with a difference!

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étretat in autumn

As the temperature drops, don your walking boots and set off on an autumn hike along the GR21, voted France’s favourite national walking route in 2019, which passes through Etretat. Enjoy the changing of the leaves along this dramatic stretch of coastline and marvel at the epic views of picturesque Etretat from the plunging cliff paths surrounding the town.  

Hiker up the hill in Etretat © Mostovyi Sergii Igorevich – Shutterstock.com

Étretat in winter

Visiting Etretat in winter means there are fewer crowds and more time for you to go at your own pace. Wrap up warm, head down to the seafront and witness the winter waves crashing against Etretat’s famous cliffs. The coast is more dramatic than ever in winter, and there’s a frosty fairy-tale atmosphere, with the odd bit of snow creating a magical natural landscape.   

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