Honfleur like no other port. Honfleur, city of painters and artists. Monet, Dufy, Boudin and many others have called on its quays. The first port on the flowery coast coming from the capital, this city attracted the "all Paris" from the beginning of the 19th century. A trend that remains today. A long weekend and everyone is in a hurry to enjoy the pretty colours of the half-timbered houses, terraces and shops of the city. Still as numerous as ever, artists continue to immortalize the old port. A place that remains lively in all seasons thanks to the many craftsmen and art galleries. Already an important city during the Hundred Years War, Honfleur became a military port under Louis XIV. Port of departure for Samuel De Champlain's expedition that led to the founding of Quebec in 1608, Honfleur is one of the great cradles of the exploration of the Americas. The fleet would fish cod as far as the mouth of the St. Lawrence. After the loss of Newfoundland and Canada in the 18th century, maritime activities were reduced to coastal shipping. Even today, we still come across sailors wearing their rubber boots and laughing their eyes out. Tall Norman houses tightly packed around the old port combined with the famous brightness of the Normandy skies form a setting that enchants photographers, painters and strolling enthusiasts. Whether you come for the first time or return, the beauty of the city is always intact.

Honfleur has the privilege of being both a seaport and a river port. The Quais en Seine, 1km from the city centre, welcomes cruise ships. Today, more than forty cruise ships call there (the second largest port in Normandy after Le Havre), allowing passengers from all over the world to discover Honfleur and its region. In addition, the "inland port", in particular the Bassin de l'Est, welcomes every year nearly 200 calls of river cruise ships, coming from or going to Paris. An extraordinary stroll along the banks of the Seine, in the footsteps of the Impressionists. The cruise season runs from March to November.

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