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Walk on the heights of Honfleur

Certainly one of the most beautiful walks in Normandy. Not to be missed if you visit Honfleur.

This walk is a must if you are passing through Honfleur. Going up to the Mont-Joli you will be able to dominate the whole region, including the Pont de Normandie, the estuary of the Seine and the city of Honfleur in one glance. The walk is not very long but the climb to the Mont-Joli is quite severe. You can go up to the plateau and visit the chapel by car, but parking is not easy in high season and it disturbs the quietness of the place.

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Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 4 h.

The Old Basin

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The Old Basin
The hike begins next to the Old Basin. A plaque commemorates the departure of Samuel de Champlain from Honfleur for New France, aboard the "Don de Dieu" on April 13, 1608. Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec City on July 3 of the same year.

A street in Honfleur

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A street in Honfleur
You have to go towards the rue du Puits. In the background you can see the Mont-Joli.

Bifurcation

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Bifurcation
It's easy to find the way, just follow the sign.

Mont-Joli

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Mont-Joli
The climb is short but very steep.

View on Honfleur

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View on Honfleur
Magnificent panorama on the whole city of Honfleur. Just next to it, when you reach the top, you can see a monument dedicated to the glory of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce to thank her for having spared Honfleur during the battle of Normandy in 1944.

The Notre-Dame-de-Grâce chapel

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The Notre-Dame-de-Grâce chapel
Splendid chapel that it is better to visit outside the high tourist season to fully enjoy the place. The first chapel was built in 1023 by Richard II, Duke of Normandy, who was saved after a storm at sea.

Inside the chapel

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Inside the chapel
The chapel is lined with ex-votos in gratitude for the graces granted.

The ordeal of the plateau of Grace

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The ordeal of the plateau of Grace
The Calvary was often painted by painters who stayed in Honfleur. Some of the paintings can be seen in the Eugéne Boudin museum in the town center.

View on the Seine estuary

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View on the Seine estuary
From the plateau you can discover an imposing view of the Seine estuary with the Normandy bridge in the background and the city of Le Havre opposite.

The park of personalities

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The park of personalities
This lovely park includes many statues of personalities who have frequented the area.

The beginning of the beach

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The beginning of the beach
At the end of the day you can continue to the beach or return to the city center for a meal.

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