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Fécamp - a seaside gem

The town of Fécamp is situated on the northern coast of France in the Upper Normandy region. It is a real seaside gem of a town which combines art and culture and contrasts tradition and modernity. It also offers sports and relaxation and manages to be both a popular tourist resort and also a real, thriving fishing town. And it's a great place to live as well!

Town of art and history

Fécamp is classified as a town of art and history, and it certainly justifies this billing. It holds an important place in history, and its museums testify to this with their fascinating collections detailing the town's past. Try going to the Maritime Museum, which tells tales of the sea and those whose daily lives were a struggle with the elements. It shows the lives of those who laboured in the town's shipyards, building the fishing boats which were the lifeblood of Fécamp. Then there is the Museum of Arts and Childhood, and many wonderful buildings to visit, the most famous being the Benedictine Palais.

Eclectic architectural styles

Fécamp is a treasure trove for those interested in architecture, as the town houses an eclectic mix of different and often contrasting architectural styles. You can find buildings in the distinctive style of Art Nouveau, buildings of traditional Norman design and also neo Norman buildings. A walk around the town is a voyage of discovery.

Fécamp's amenities and services

Fécamp is a good sized town and it offers all the services and amenities that you would expect. There are schools, shops, libraries, cultural centres and health services, as well as a fantastic array of leisure activities. Fécamp has a great selection of excellent restaurants for those for whom France is synonymous with a great gastronomic experience. There is something for everyone here, with cuisines ranging from gourmet French to pizza and pancakes. Local specialities to try include cod, smoked fish (herring and mackerel), Benedictine liqueur and the wonderful and unique chocolates, laced with Benedictine and known as Les Caiques.

What to do in Fécamp

A much shorter and easier heading would be "What not to do in Fécamp", as the town offers so many possibilities for entertainment and enjoyment that you will truly be spoiled for choice. Its long silver beaches are an obvious choice for families and lovers of water sports, and certainly the marina is popular with sailors. Walkers and nature lovers can relish the beautiful cliff top trails, while golfers only have to pop "next door" to Étretat to find a superb links course with the most stunning views in France! There are swimming pools, tennis courts, horse-riding centres and cycle hire facilities, and a whole host of cultural activities too, such as art galleries, museums and various festivals held throughout the year, offering a real taste of Normandy.

How to get there

If you want to fly, Paris is the best place to head for as you will find a good choice of airlines and departure airports for this destination. Paris is served by Air France, British Airways, bmi, bmibaby, flybe, easyJet, Jet2, Thomsonfly and Aer Lingus. It isn't far from Fécamp, with a drive of around two hours taking you to the town from the capital. The ferry could prove an even better choice however, as Fécamp lies close to the ports of Le Havre and Dieppe, with Caen nearby too. Calais and the Tunnel are around a two-hour drive away, so Fécamp is clearly accessible from the UK by a variety of means!

Property prices and availability in and around Fécamp

The many charms of Fécamp have made it a popular place to live and to own holiday property. So while it benefits from being situated in Normandy, where prices tend to be lower than, for instance, in better known Brittany, property in the resort can be expensive. The chances are, however, that you will be able to rent the property out when not using it yourself as Fécamp is popular with holiday makers from Britain as well as from other parts of France. For cheaper property look to the villages and countryside outside Fécamp, as prices may be lower and the benefits almost as great!

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WHERE IS Fécamp?

Fécamp is located in the north of France, on the coast. It lies in the north-west of the Seine-Maritime department.

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Upper-Normandy Guide

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Seine-Maritime Guide

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Population: 21,000

Access: By air: Fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle with a good choice of airlines and departure airports. By boat: The ferry port of Le Havre is very close to Fécamp, making ferry travel very easy. Other nearby ports include Dieppe and Caen.

Economy: The economy is based on the following: tourism, fishing, production of Benedictine liqueur, food production industries and manufacture of air-conditioning units.

Interesting fact: The famous writer Guy de Maupassant lived in the town and set many of his works there.


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