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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.

Still not sure where to stay in Étretat?


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Best Hotels in Etretat

  • 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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