A Normandy town whose economy and history have always been closely linked to the sea, Dieppe is a dynamic place with a surprising amount to offer holidaymakers.
Dieppe is a port town of art and history. Protected by cliffs, Dieppe is a seaside resort whose economy is primarily built on the four ports in the town centre: trade, fishing, leisure and cross-Channel services. There are a number of ferries that operate between Dieppe and the UK and the town is very popular with its British neighbours.
With its rich history as a major port since the 12th century, numerous explorers and corsairs set sail from the town to explore the high seas. The town has retained some of the architectural treasures from its golden age, notably the sailors' area of Le Pollet and its distinctive houses.
There's something for everyone in Dieppe! Start your cultural visit to Dieppe at the Château musée, which recounts the town's maritime history and is home to works by Braque, Picasso and Boudin. Next, explore the churches of Saint Jacques and Saint Rémi, before heading to place du Puits salé or the Cité de la mer. Don't forget to visit the Porte des Tourelles, the only remaining vestige of the walls dating back to the 14th century.
Of course, what would a visit to Dieppe be without taking a stroll along its mile-long beach promenade? You can also stay for the herring festival (in November) or the international kite festival (held every two years).
Enjoying an oceanic climate, Dieppe has the closest beach to Paris, just over 100 miles away. There are lots of places to visit in the local area, such as the Château de Miromesnil, the birthplace of the writer Guy de Maupassant, and the Château d'Arques, the site of many historic battles.
Close to many Normandy landmarks and a gateway to England, Dieppe is a town worth spending time in to get to know its rich history and to make the most of what it has to offer.