The old harbor guarded by the Lieutenance building, with its old gate to the city.
Honfluer, a 17th century harbor located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine, has been on the map for more than a millennium. Though still an active fishing port and marina, it is also a busy tourist attraction with many historic sites, a handful of museums, and plenty of shopping. When your feet become weary, there’s always a table along the harbor to relish a good meal and glass of wine, along with the sites and sounds of the picturesque village. For the group I led to France this summer, it was the perfect idyll between a varied array of gardens.
Can you imagine anything more beautiful than the old harbor of Honfluer?
Taking in the long view.
The wooden bell tower of Cloche Sainte-Catherine.
In years gone by, Honfluer was the port of origin for expeditions to Quebec. It was also a favorite subject of Impressionists, such as Monet and Boudin, who painted the churches, street scenes, and traditional slate-covered houses in every light. The Musee Eugene Boudin
, just a short walk up the hill from the harbor, houses 92 of those works, along with other exhibits.
Well-known landmarks include the wooden bell tower of Cloche Sainte-Catherine, which was erected by ship builders, and the Lieutenance building, former home of the Governor of Honfluer, entrance to the old harbor, and the backdrop to millions of photos.
Slate-covered buildings and your pick of café.
Can I tempt you?
You never know who you might meet.