With its narrow houses, charming alleys, picturesque half-timbered houses and the remains of the 17th century fortifications (Lieutenance), this fishing town at the mouth of the Seine is one of the most charming places in Normandy.
Honfleur was first mentioned in the 11th century and was an important trading town in the Duchy of Normandy. The name Honfleur is of Scandinavian origin and comes from "Honna Flow". Honna" is probably a proper name, while "Flow" can be translated as "little bay". The Vikings recognised its value when they invaded Normandy in the 9th century.
Places of interest
Vieux Bassin: The city centre is situated around the Vieux Bassin, where sails and fishing boats crowd. It is lined with pretty slate-roofed houses. The buildings along the Quai Sainte-Catherine, which house many restaurants and galleries, count up to seven storeys, this because of the very desirable and expensive floor space.
Église Sainte-Catherine: The 15th century sailor's church is built entirely of wood. It has a freestanding bell tower. A small market is held on the forecourt from time to time.