Welcome, fellow travellers, to your next possible adventure: Le Havre, the gateway to France! If you've yet to explore this vibrant, coastal city, you're in for an absolute treat. Tucked away in Normandy, Le Havre is a unique blend of modernity and history, with plenty to offer for those looking for a cultured getaway. So pack your bags and prepare for the journey with our guide on how to enjoy this city to its fullest with our top-notch, bargain ferries.
There's no dearth of intriguing sights in Le Havre. Start your exploration at the UNESCO-listed city centre, rebuilt by Auguste Perret post the Second World War. Immerse yourself in the ingenuity of its architecture and don't miss the Church of St. Joseph, a concrete masterpiece with an astonishing display of stained glass. Next, venture into Musée d’Art Moderne André Malraux (MuMa), a treasure trove of impressionist artwork that houses a vast collection of Monet, who himself painted Le Havre’s bustling port.
For those who fancy the outdoors, Le Havre doesn't disappoint. Spend a peaceful afternoon at the lush Jardins Suspendus, boasting panoramic city views and a variety of thematic gardens. When the sun dips low, head to the beach promenade, a hive of activity with cyclists, rollerbladers, and kite flyers. Evenings are best enjoyed watching the skies turn pastel, with a cone of locally adored salted caramel ice cream in hand.
Finding a cosy nest for your stay in Le Havre is simple, with options spanning from quaint bed and breakfasts to elegant boutique hotels. What's a holiday without delving into local cuisine? Head over to Jean Luc Tartarin, an esteemed restaurant known for its seasonal menu, featuring dishes such as the colourful ratatouille. Another popular spot is Au Goût du Jour, offering the likes of traditional pot-au-feu (vegetable stew), a true homage to French comfort food.
Le Havre sports a temperate maritime climate, making it an attractive destination throughout the year. However, for the most pleasant experience, consider visiting between June and August. These sun-soaked months offer the perfect conditions for beach activities and open-air festivals, like the summer-long 'Un Été Au Havre', turning the city into an artistic wonderland.
Now, how do you reach this charming resort from the UK, you ask? Well, our low-cost ferries are an ideal choice, offering an enjoyable voyage across the English Channel. Depart from Portsmouth and arrive at Le Havre in a matter of hours. Alternatively, you can fly into Paris and take a comfortable train ride to the city.
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