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Les Andelys

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Les Andelys is a town on the river Seine in the Upper Normandy region of northern France, some 30 km northeast of Évreux. As the name might suggest, Les Andelys is divided into its two original components: Grand-Andely and Petit-Andely. Les Andelys is best known for the ruins of Château Gaillard situated on a hill above the town from where beautiful views of the river Seine and the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From Paris:

Option 1: Take the A86, then the A15, towards Cergy. Continue on the N14 towards Rouen. Exit after Les Thilliers-en-Vexin towards Les Andelys.

Option 2: Take the A13 towards Rouen. Exit at Gaillon and go towards Les Andelys.

From Rouen:

Option 1: Take the N14 towards Paris. Exit after Grainville Option 1: Les Andelys.

Option 2: Take the A13 towards Paris. Exit at Gaillon and follow towards Les Andelys.

By public transport[edit]

The nearest SNCF train stations are Gaillon Aubevoye and Vernon, both on the Paris-Rouen line.

Bus number 220 runs from both Vernon and Gaillon Aubevoye SNCF train stations to Les Andelys, with up to 4 services a day (there are no services on Sundays and public holidays). A one-way ticket costs 2€. The timetable (valid until 5 July 2014) can be viewed at [1].

Bus number 290 runs between Gaillon Aubevoye SNCF train station and Les Andelys, with up to 7 services a day (there is only one service on Sundays and public holidays). A one-way ticket costs 2€. The timetable (valid until 5 July 2014) can be viewed at [2].

Bus number 200 runs between Gisors SNCF train station, Les Andelys, Gaillon town centre (not Gaillon Aubevoye SNCF train station) and Evreux, with up to 4 services a day (there is only one service on Sundays and public holidays, but no service on 1 Jan, 1 May and 25 Dec). A one-way ticket costs 2€. The timetable can be viewed at [3].

Bus number 530 runs between Rouen and Les Andelys, with one daily service in each direction except on Sundays and public holidays. The bus from Rouen to Les Andelys leaves in the early evening on Monday to Friday and early afternoon on Saturday, whilst the bus from Les Andelys to Rouen leaves in the early morning. A one-way ticket costs 2€. The timetable (valid until 25 August 2014) can be viewed at [4].

Alternatively, see below for information about getting a taxi.

By taxi[edit]

The following taxi companies are based in Les Andelys:

  • ABC Taxis LA (Address: 108 rue de la Sous-Préfecture, Tel: 06 07 42 46 10 / 02 32 54 08 92 )
  • Taxis Lalos (Tel: 06 11 92 14 43)
  • Taxis Accord (Address: Avenue de la République, Tel: 08 99 23 86 02)

The distance between Gaillon Aubevoye SNCF train station and Les Andelys is around 15 km and the taxi ride should cost around 30€.

The following taxi companies are based in Gaillon:

  • ABC Taxis (Tel: 06 13 72 55 01)
  • Aubevoye Taxi (Tel: 06 70 26 60 20)
  • Jean Marc Taxi (Tel: 06 80 36 03 77)

See[edit][add listing]

  • Château Gaillard [5] This fortress was dreamed of, skillfully designed and built by the fiery Richard I of England, feudal Duke of Normandy, better known as Richard the Lionheart. Like its creator, the stronghold of Les Andelys calls to mind strength, power, invincibility. Yet, the virtually impregnable fortress would live only a few years, just like Richard, who was too confident in his talents as a warrior.
  • Petit Andely Saint Sauveur Church [6] Building Chateau-Gaillard required the presence of over three thousands workers in les Andelys. The Saint-Sauveur church was built for them. Works started in 1198 and were finished four years later, in 1202, that is why the church has an outstanding unity.
  • Grand Andely Notre Dame Collegiate Church [7] This is the very place where the Queen Clotilde, wife of Clovis, founded the first norman abbey in 511. The construction of the present church started in the 13th century and spread over a period of 500 years.
  • Sainte Clotilde Miraculous Spring [8] Sainte Clotilde was the wife of Clovis, the first christian king of the Franks. According to the legend, the spring appeared during the digging of foundations. Upon Sainte Clotilde prayers, water would have turned into wine to quench the thirst of the builders !
  • Half timbered house and belfry of la Madeleine [9] located 93 rue de la Sous-Prefecture.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • A Walk on the Seine Banks [10] The town of Les Andelys lies in a tight bend of the Seine. The valley has been shaped by the river, forming white cliffs. A walk on the riverside offers beautiful views on the ruined castle Chateau-Gaillard, the old houses of Petit-Andely and the Seine valley.
  • A Boat tour on the Seine [11] Liberte Seine offers to explore the beautiful waterscapes of the Seine in the surroundings of Les Andelys, just as you like it. The boat has a maximum capacity of 6 passengers. It is perfect for a couple, a family or a party of friends. You can either choose one of the circuits of 45 mn to 2 hrs 45, or customise your tour, priced according to the duration.

Eat[edit][add listing]

La Chaine d Or [12] French gastronomic restaurant listed in most major french restaurant guides. The bulding dates back from 1751 and is located in a charming setting along The Seine river in the Petit-Andely center with its half-timbered houses and its 12th century church.

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Hotel[edit]

  • La Chaine d Or [13] is a 3 stars Hotel Restaurant dating back from 1751 located in a charming setting along The Seine river in the Petit-Andely center with its half-timbered houses and its 12th century church. The french gastronomic restaurant is listed in most major french restaurant guides.
  • Andelys Hotel [14] is a 2 stars, modestly priced, clean, comfortable and friendly city centre hotel. (Note: the hotel has no restaurant itself).
  • 4 stars and 3 stars hotels in the surroundings [15]

B&B[edit]

  • La Villa Alienor [16] At the foot of the stronghold Chateau-Gaillard, Nadine and Eric took up the challenge to turn a former hotel into a guest house. The building dating back to the 18th Century was originally a post house. It has kept its horseshoe shape opening onto the River Seine, and its walls covered by virginia creeper. The five enlarged bedrooms are still lined along a corridor, but their attractive and imaginative decoration is indeed the one of a B&B.
  • La Haye Gaillard [17] This farm in business (no animal) is located in the countryside amid wheat, flax and colza fields cultivated by the owner. It was built in the 19th Century by an engineer of Ferdinand de Lesseps, the creator of the Suez Canal, and recently renewed. It is a perfect place to stay if you are looking for a very quiet environment in the countryside.
  • Les Burons [18] This B&B is located on the highs of Les Andelys. It is surrounded by a large flowered garden. The place is very quiet, fields and countryside begin just behind the estate.

Self-catering[edit]

  • La Berverie [19] This old brick and half-timbered mansion house is right in the centre of the old town of Les Andelys and its garden is overlooking the river Seine. Walking distance from Petit.
  • Camping Lisle de Trois Rois [20] is a reasonaly (7 ha, 300 pitches) large camping/caravan/motor home site on the edge of Petit Andelys. It has the usual sanitation blocks, electricity and chemical diaposal points. It also has a bar and snack restaurant, a petanque court, a childrens' play area and a swimming pool. It has pitches on the Seine and on a small lake. It is situated adjacent to Les Andelys bridge over the Seine, within easy walking distance of Petit Andelys.

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Giverny: A nearby French village known for its beautiful gardens which inspired Claude Monet, the Impressionist painter. (To get from Les Andelys to Giverny, take the bus to Gaillon Aubevoye SNCF train station, then the train to Vernon SNCF train station, and then the shuttle bus to Giverny (timetable: [21]). Alternatively, take the bus directly to Vernon and then take the shuttle bus.)
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