Hiking between Etretat and the Antifer lighthouse

A hike to discover the coast and the cliffs between Etretat and the lighthouse of Antifer.

Etretat is located in Normandy, 2 hours from Paris. It is a picturesque town where many artists stayed (Maupassant, Monet, Maurice Leblanc...) The hike starts from the center of Etretat and then follows the cliffs to the lighthouse of Antifer. You then have to retrace your steps to return to Etretat. The walk is quite easy although there are some steep slopes. At the beginning the crowd can be present but once the golf of Etretat passed there are not many people. The whole course takes place on top of the cliffs with magnificent views of the sea and the cliffs.

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Duration: 4 h.

Departure

Here you can find an easy access parking, close to the center but paying

The Arsène Lupin clos

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The Arsène Lupin clos
Le Clos Arsène Lupin is the villa of Maurice Leblanc (the author of Arsène Lupin) transformed into a museum. He spent all his summers here for more than 20 years. His famous novel "L'aiguille creuse" is partly set in Etretat.

The needle of Etretat

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The needle of Etretat
The needle is this 50 m high point detached from the cliff. In the Arsène Lupin novel, the needle is supposed to be hollow and contain the treasure of the kings of France.

Void above the cliffs

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Void above the cliffs
It is not recommended to get too close to the edge and it is easy to understand why.

Walk on the cliffs

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Walk on the cliffs
It is the closest place to Etretat and therefore the most frequented by tourists. There are some facilities on the cliffs. Very quickly while moving away one finds calm. Most people stop here.

In the distance the lighthouse

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In the distance the lighthouse
You can see the goal of the walk in the distance, the lighthouse of Antifer

The cliffs

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The cliffs
The whole route is on top of the cliffs.

Protected area

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Protected area
The route also runs along protected natural areas. These areas belong to the Conservatoire du Littoral.

Climb to the top of the cliffs

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Climb to the top of the cliffs
The route is not so easy, it presents many ascents and descents between the different cliffs.

View of Etretat from the Upstream cliff

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View of Etretat from the Upstream cliff
At the top of the cliff, you will discover a magnificent panorama of the town of Etretat and its beach.

The Antifer lighthouse

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The Antifer lighthouse
The end of the walk. The lighthouse is an automatic lighthouse, it cannot be visited. Further on you will find the port of Antifer which is an oil terminal.
Departure point (Google Maps)

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