Situated in the Calvados department in the north-western reaches of France that border the important River Seine, Honfleur is an old town full of medieval landmarks. It’s the perfect place for a tranquil, slow-paced holiday that takes the traveller back in time. Holiday accommodation in Honfleur comes in a variety of flavours. The most popular of these are the Honfleur holiday apartments that overlook the Seine and its old port. Tourists also love spending their nights in the charming cottages in the heart of medieval Honfleur as well as the quiet holiday homes boasting splendid views over the town and Pont de Normandie.
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-Monuments: Honfleur is home to a number of medieval churches of note. One of them is the Gothic-style Eglise Saint Etienne, the oldest of them, in fact, dating back to the 14th century. It can be found right next to the Naval Museum. Another is Saint Catherine’s Church which is notable for its bell tower, built some distance away. This structure was constructed using ancient ship-building techniques.
-Museums: Not too far from most Honfleur holiday apartments are the town’s museums which showcase reminders of the locale’s past. The Naval Museum houses a number of unique paintings as well as a large collection of model ships. Its main aim is to commemorate the special connection the Honfleurais have always had to the sea.
-Eating out: A visit to Honfleur or any of France’s ancient towns is never complete without a stop by a local boulangerie to stuff oneself full of sumptuous pastries, helped down with a cup of their preferred beverage. There are eateries aplenty lining the harbour, including creperies serving up delicious crepes.
-Public gardens: There are a number of well-kept public gardens in Honfleur including the Garden of the Personalities which lies by the mouth of the Seine. It features well-manicured plant and flower species interspersed with the busts of some of Honfleur’s prominent personalities.
-Pont de Normandie: This impressive bridge spans the Seine and provides for great sight-seeing and photo opportunities.
Honfleur’s weather is pleasantly mild, featuring mildly warm summers and not-so-cold winters. Between June and August temperatures range from 19 to 22°C which is relatively cool as compared to other parts of France. This is the time most visitors come to occupy Honfleur cottages and other holiday rentals. By November temperatures usually have descended to just above 10°C. Though the coldest it gets in winter is usually about 5°C, temperatures close to freezing have been recorded.
Those heading to their Honfleur holiday accommodation from across The Channel can simply board a ferry from Portsmouth which will have them in Le Havre in about 3 hours. Alternatively, tourists can fly into Charles de Gaulle and grab a train to the station in Le Havre. Trains shuttle frequently from Paris’ Saint-Lazare station to Le Havre. Those coming from London can get a direct flight to the Deauville-Saint-Gatien Airport which is less than 5 miles from most Honfleur holiday apartments. To cover this distance visitors can either grab a taxi or board the public buses (Bus Verts).