What to do
in Le Havre?
Discover the most important city of Normandy, two hours from Paris!
Located in the North-west of France, Le Havre borders the Channel coast. While there are many storms during the winter, summers remain particularly nice with outside temperatures between 60.8°F and 68°F in August. If you’re brave, you can even try an invigorating sea bath in water at 64.4°F! Nicknamed the "Paris marina", it was François Ier who founded the city and the port in 1517 because he feared a landing by the English.
After the terrible bombardments in 1944, the State entrusted the reconstruction of the city to Auguste Perret, one of the greatest architects of its time! Le Havre is fully integrated into the 21st century.
Have a breakfast at the beach
Start your day on the beach of Le Havre, which is only 500 metres from the city center!
From May to September, everything is made for you to enjoy the seaside: canoe rental, paddle, beach bar and restaurant, playground for children, beach volleyball court, windsurf rental, etc.
Are you looking for a first sea bath? Rent a deckchair and enjoy the Maritime Baths! You can use the sanitary facilities and showers, which are accessible to people with disabilities.
53 Promenade André Duroméa, Le Havre
Let you guide into the world of impressionists at the André Malraux Museum of Modern Art
You must visit the André Malraux Museum of Modern Art. It is the very first museum rebuilt after the Second World War, which dominates the entrance to the port.
MuMa is unique and is home to masterpieces by the impressionist and fauvist movements, Claude Monet, Eugène Delacroix, Matisse, Pissarro, Eugène Boudin and Gauguin.
The MuMa houses the second impressionist collection in France, just after the Orsay Museum.
Musée d’Art Moderne André Malraux
2 boulevard Clémenceau, Le Havre
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm, on weekends from 11 am to 7 pm
An iodized walk at the Saint-François market
Come and visit one of the oldest areas in Le Havre, the Saint-François area and its famous fish market square! This atypical market is located in the heart of the fishing village.
Mix a historical walk with a foodie stroll by sitting on the large tables placed in front of the stalls of freshly caught fish and shellfish in the early morning.
In a festive atmosphere you can eat without restraint fresh fish, grilled à la plancha or deliciously prepared by the chef James Héron, with family, children, your beloved one or with friends!
Marché aux poissons – Quai de l’Ile
Open from 26/05 to 8/10, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm from Tuesday to Sunday
Seafood and tapas service from 3:30 pm to 7 pm.
Stop at the Church of Saint Joseph, an architectural marvel
Saint-Joseph's Church is worth a stop. With its extraordinary dimensions and 12,768 multicoloured stained glass windows, the Church looks like a New York skyscraper.
Built after the Second World War, the architecture of Saint-Joseph celebrates the memory of the city's victims, wiped out in September 1944. Thanks to the magnificent work of Auguste Perret, the building got a place on UNESCO's World Heritage.
130 Boulevard François Ier, Le Havre
Cross the Seine Estuary
The Seine Estuary is one of the largest in Europe. Shaped over the years by man, this area is heavily influenced by tide and has a rich marine and continental ecosystems.
From June to August, board for a one-hour crossing between Le Havre and Deauville/Trouville-sur-mer.
The Seine Estuary inspired impressionist painters such as Claude Monet in his famous Impression Soleil Levant.
Booking at the Tourist Office of Le Havre area
186 Boulevard Clémenceau, Le Havre
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