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Where to stay in the Honfleur, Caen area to see places such as Etratat?

We will be returning from 3 nights in the Bayeux area but want a couple more days/nights in the Honfleur area. Which town/city would you recommend staying in? Etratat is already high on our list to see. As we will have only 1 1/2 more days in this area (Honfleur/Caen) what are other "must see" areas? I've heard about Pays d'Auge? Should we plan to stop here on our way from Bayeux?

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Honfleur is a great place to spend a couple of nights. Cute little town and lots of restaurants and on the full day you can drive to Etretat and hike etc. That is what we did.
Honfleur doesn't need a lot of time but it is a pleasant place to stay. We stayed at a B&B called Le Fond de la Cour which had a really lovely breakfast and has a nice garden although we ate in the kitchen (also nice) as the weather was not that great at the end of October.

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We have stayed twice at the Cheval Blanc in Honfleur. I think it is a Best Western now. It's a little creaky, but comfortable, and its best feature is the view of the outer harbor. There is no on site parking but there is public parking a short walk away. I love Honfleur. It is a very nice town to wander through and there are some nice museums. My favorite is the Eric Satie museum, which is interactive. It is also a good base for day tripping.

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We stayed in Deauville and it was very centrally located....beautiful area and wonderful, quaint little towns.

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Stayed in Honfleur and traveled to Fecamp for the Benedictine tour and then spent way too much time in Etratat on the beach. Couldn't decide which overlook to select and waited for sunset. Reconsidering, I would have spent a shorter amount of time on the beach before driving up to the northern overlook. Hike some of the trails as they reach out towards the sea. The beach and hills are lit up at night making the scene even more dramatic. Unforgetable!

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In Honfleur we had a car so stayed just on the outskirts at a cute family run motel called Motel Les Bluets. So cute and not expensive. Great breakfast too.

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From Bayeux, you could stop in Honfleur for lunch and a stroll in the old port area, then stay a night up in Etretat or Fecamp. I'd want to be there for a sunset.

I liked being above the cliffs during the day to take some spectacular photos of the cliffs and formations. With sun on them, they look bright white. At sunset, I prefered being down on the boardwalk in town - level with the ocean.

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We stayed in Honfleur one night. Very pretty and easy to see why it is art inspiring. We had a car and visited Etretat, Deauville and a very picturesque little coastal town called Veulles les Roses. That was truly one of those unexpected gems we just came across after stopping there for lunch and stayed to walk around and explore. Several water wheels in town. Follow the paths along the waterways right in town.

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We stayed at the Hotel de l'Ecrin which was wonderful in summer 2014. It is a lovely mansion, about a 5 minute walk from the harbor. It has pretty gardens which you can enjoy and a pool that we did not use because we were only there for one night. Staying there made us feel part of this historic city. Breakfast was delicious (the best croissant I had in our 2 weeks in France!) and was served on the covered porch that overlooks the garden (I am sure there is a more proper name for this location, I am not doing it justice by calling it a covered porch).

We loved strolling to the harbor in the evening and having dinner there. It is very lively at night with music, etc, and is pretty with everything lit up. We also enjoyed visiting the little historic Chapel of Notre-Dame de Grace which sits high above the city and from which you get a nice view of the bridge over the Seine to La Havre. It feels very historic and we were the only people there. Enjoy!