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Situated in the centre of the Alabaster Coast, Fécamp is a traditional fishing port packed with great reasons to visit all year round. Whether it’s delving deeper into the town’s fascinating maritime history and heritage or simply enjoying the delights of its coastal scenery, a visit here could be just what you need to wind down and relax during your stay in Normandy.

Fécamp in spring

Experience a bird’s-eye view of the town from 105m-high Cap Fagnet, the highest point on the Alabaster Coast affording panoramic views of the coastline and featuring remains of the Atlantic Wall built by the Germans. Now it’s all peaceful, it’s an incredible spot from which to taken in the views and watch the sun go down.

© Valérie Joannon

FÉCAMP in summer

Travel back in time with a visit to the Benedictine Palace, a magnificently flamboyant neo-Gothic palace built in the 19th-century where Bénédictine liquor is produced. Take a guided tour of the fascinating museum showcasing the history of the monks who came up with the recipe for this tipple, then sample different kinds of Bénédictine at the end of the tour in the beautiful new cocktail bar. If you’re into the great outdoors, why not then hit the beach and go for a dip? Fécamp’s pebble beach is the perfect place to relax at the height of summer.  

© Palais Bénédictine – Fécamp

Fécamp in autumn

As people come back from their holidays and children return to school, the sea in Fécamp, warmed by months of summer heat, is at its most inviting. This is the perfect season to find out all about rich Fécamp’s maritime history at the Pêcheries Museum. Fishermen here have been fishing herring for centuries and this tradition is celebrated both at this museum and the town’s annual herring festival, where the air is filled with the delicious smells of grilled herring and other seasonal seafood.  

© Franck Godard

Fécamp in winter

Fécamp is great for just getting away and rejuvenating yourself with a romantic walk along the cliffs or beach in the bracing winter sea air. The Alabaster Coast is stunning at this time of year, illuminated by that famous clear light so beloved by artists and photographers around the world.

© Patrice Le Bris