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It’s often difficult to pick what time of the year to visit Normandy. When it comes to picturesque Honfleur, one of France’s most beautiful towns, it doesn’t matter what season it is, the scenery is always picture-perfect! You’ll fall in love with the quaint narrow streets, pretty cobbled squares, half-timbered houses, and old harbour filled with boats and lined with bustling restaurants, cafes and art galleries, all year round!

Honfleur in spring

All it takes is a ray of spring sunshine to illuminate the colourful houses and terraces around the Vieux Bassin (old harbour) to get an in-depth feel and taste of local life in Honfleur. Enjoy a coffee or glass of local cider (or Calvados) and you watch the world go by while painters behind their easels capture the inspiring atmosphere on canvas. 

Old port in Honfleur © rh2010 – Fotolia.com

Honfleur in summer

Summer sees tourists flocking around the Vieux-Bassin and filling the terraces outside its many restaurants, day and night. Tuck into a seafood feast, try some local oysters and scallops or keep it traditional with some moules-frites, and enjoy the unbeatable view!

© Sergiy N – Fotolia.com

Honfleur in autumn

Autumn sees Honfleur turn golden with the turn of the leaves. Head up the hills just outside the town and visit the Chapel of Notre-Dame de Grâce, which affords stunning panoramic views over Honfleur and across to the impressive Normandy bridge, which crosses the Seine estuary.   

© Gregory Wait – Calvados Attractivité

Honfleur in winter

The off-season is a great time to visit Honfleur and pretend the town is your private playground. Wrap up warm, wander around the art galleries and get into the festive spirit. Whether it’s a romantic weekend, an adventure holiday, a cultural break or a relaxing getaway, the many restaurants serving tasty local cuisine are always worth a visit, and the cobbled streets, steeped in history, are magical to walk along.

© S. Lorkin/Anibas Photography