Natural Etretat


The Albatre Coast owes its name to 140 km of chalky cliffs bounded by the Estuary of the Seine and that of the Somme. These cliffs are most picturesque in Etretat: The visitoris surprised by their verticalness and he founds himself confronted with a wild and a little bit austere beauty.

Attention, les balades sous les falaises sont interdites, veuillez vous reporter à l'arrêté municipal.

The Aval’s cliff

naturelle_etretat_avalThe Aval’s Door, a big arch of flint, was dug by the waves by beating the extremity of the cliff. 

 The Needle (51m) is a witness of the geological past of the cliff of Etretat . By becoming famous, it has won over a universal reputation and inspired lots of painters and writers. Is It hollow and did it sheltered the treasures of the Kings of France which was discovered by Arsène Lupin as it is told in Maurice Leblanc’s novel : l’Aiguille Creuse?


The Manneporte

Naturelle etretat The Manneporte - even more colossal - is situated on the other side of the Aval’s Door, at the dead end of the beach of Jambourg. Guy de Maupassant used to say that a ship would have been able to go underneath The Manneporte in full sails.



The Courtine

Naturelle etretatAt the foot of the Manneporte, a vast circular room called Le Petit Port shelters green banks watered by small fountains whose cold waters fall in cascades: The Pisseuses. The Courtine is the thick wall which rises in front of us and moves into the sea. An access was dug in direction of the Tilleul’s beach.



The Amont’s cliff

Naturelle etretat The Amont’s cliff is situated on the other side of the beach and, less than a century ago, was called la Falaise du Blanc-Trait, because of the whiteness of the chalk which is visible far away in the open sea.
How not to honour the acute sense of observation of Maupassant who in his novel "Une vie" compares the arc of Aval to an elephant dipping its trunk into the sea? Everything is there: the trunk, the head and its ears, the fore limbs and hind limbs and you can even found on its back the palanquin of a Maharadjah !


The Roc Vaudieu and The Aiguille of Belval

Naturelle etretatOn the right of the Amont’s cliff, at the end of the beach, rises the very astonishing Aiguille de Belval. This one seems to stand by a miracle of balance: its foot, eaten by the waves, gets thinner and thinner. La Roche de Vaudieu , refuge of the guillemots, looks like a big section of a wall which remains all on its own in the middle of the ruins.



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