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About Etretat

Étretat is one in a string of Normandy seaside charmers, lining this picturesque stretch of coastline as it alternates between dramatically chalky cliffs, shingle beach and smooth, golden sand. And like its neighbours, it was also well loved by painters and fashionable Parisians during the 19th century, and still really benefits from the architecture they inspired. Some of the grand hotels of this era remain, and some of the most charming villas are now the best places to stay in Étretat.

Étretat has a very unique view, though: it’s flanked by two chalk cliffs, which have been dramatically eroded over time to create natural arches, which are certainly art-inspiring. The most famous bit of its chalk is Aiguille, a needle-like structure that juts out of the sea. The shingle beach between is calmer, great for families, boating, and sunbathing. Behind the beach is the town, a mix-and-match of half-timbered houses and more modern ones, built around a casino, the grand hotels, a wooden covered market and the Eglise Notre Dame, a 12th century Romanesque church with a beautiful interior. And all around are chic or cute little cafes, bars and restaurants. Monet was right to love it here!

The Best Places to Stay in Étretat

For romance

  • The Domaine St Clair is a chic county house turned hotel, with sea views and an exceptional restaurant known for its exemplary regional dishes. There are just 21 rooms and suites, some of them rather lavishly decorated, but all of them quite original. The best have views of the ocean. There’s an elegant pool area too. Ideal for an intimate break.

Prefer an apartment or villa?

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com, which has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • Paris Airport is the closest international airport to Étretat, and the quickest way to get to there from Paris is probably by train, which takes a bit over two hours, depending on exactly when you want to travel, and even then you’ll have to do the final leg by bus. 
  • If you’re thinking about hiring a car we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer.
  • Étretat tends to be a summery destination, though there are many who find the Normandy coastline a tonic in winter as well. Expect breezes, and sunshine, and in summer daily average temperatures hovering just under 25°C. In winter they drop to under 10°C.

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Best Hotels in Etretat

  • Les Hauts d'Etretat Etretat (Normandy) 5 rooms from £115

    Full of character  -  Traditional features include exposed wooden beams and stained glass windows, along with vintage style furniture
    Families  -  Rooms sleep up to 4, and for a little more privacy you can book a 2 bedroom cottage to yourself
    Country Escape  -  Immersed in Normandy's beautiful countryside, yet still with easy access to Etretat
    Great walks  -  Walk along the glorious Étretat cliffs, see the fascinating flora and fauna, and at low tide stroll along the beach
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    A delightful family friendly B&B in a charming thatched cottage just outside Étretat. Individually designed rooms and suites feature exposed wooden beams, vintage style furniture and smart modern bathrooms; some come with balcony, terrace or private garden. A welcoming home away from home. See More

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  • La Villa 10 Etretat 29 rooms from £134

    Local exploring  -  Discover the beauty of the cliffs and bays that make Étretat a famous seaside town, or drive further inland to explore Normandy
    Spa breaks  -  As well as the use of a sauna and hot tub, enjoy hydrotherapy, relaxing massage and various body treatments
    Full of character  -  Old meets new with antique furnishings and orginal wooden beams contrasting the vibrant themes of the rooms
    Sights nearby  -  5 minutes from Villa 10, head to the gardens of Etretat, inspired by the work of the famous painter, Monet
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    A charming hotel moments from the beach. Split into two buildings, rooms are quirky in style, with vibrant wallpaper, bright colours and modern lighting set alongside vintage style finishings. There's a spa for relaxing treatments and a hot tub in the garden. No restaurant but plenty close by. See More

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  • Domaine St Clair Etretat 21 rooms from £165

    Foodies  -  Sample exemplary regional dishes in the hotel's 2 restaurant. Le Donjon is Michelin starred while Le Bistrot is more casual
    Country Escape  -  With a tranquil and picturesque location, a spa, fine dining, and a pool - this is a luxurious option for a country escape
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the scenic clifftop GR21 trail
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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    A chic country house offering superb dining and characterful accommodation. Lavish rooms are decorated with rich hues, heavy fabrics and bold patterns. The highly acclaimed restaurants (one Michelin starred) use local produce to great effect. A luxurious base to explore the region from. See More

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  • Castel de la Terrasse Etretat (Normandy) 5 rooms from £182

    Charming  -  High ceilings, parquet flooring, marble fireplaces are just some of the beautiful finishings alongside the traditional interior
    Local exploring  -  Visit the beautiful cliffs, bays and gardens surrounding Étretat and discover the varities of flora and fauna found here
    Full of character  -  Rooms pay hommage to Étretat, and inspired by artists like Guy de Maupassant and Maurice Leblanc, known to the town
    Fishing  -  At low tide, head to the Porte d'Aval and fish for winkles, shrimps, crabs and more
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    A beautiful Belle Epoque villa turned boutique B&B with stunning sea views. The decor oozes period French style — expect marble fireplaces, parquet flooring and indulgent ensuite bathrooms. Breakfast champions the best local produce and there's a garden and terrace for lazy days. Utterly dreamy. See More

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  • Les Tilleuls Etretat 5 rooms from £243

    Charming  -  Soft pastel colours, parquet flooring and gorgeous headboards are just a few of the delightful touches in the guestrooms
    Local exploring  -  Visit the beautiful cliffs surrounding Étretat and enjoy the fantastic walks and varieties of flora and fauna
    Total relaxation  -  The hotel holds various well-being catered retreats throughout the year, including massages, yoga and pilaties
    Groups  -  The guest house can be rented as a whole, with space for 14 people and the option of a private chef
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    An attractive period mansion turned charming guest house, set in the centre of Etretat. Eclectic interiors showcase a range of periods with floral fabrics, vintage furniture and delicate finishings. Excellent table d'hote dinners on request, and charming gardens for relaxing days. A grown-up escape See More

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