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Dieppe

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Dieppe

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Dieppe [1], France is in Normandy. It is well-known for a failed landing operation by predominantly Canadian Allied forces during WW2, on the 19th of August 1942. You won't find a French flag flying in Dieppe without a Canadian flag alongside it. Dieppe, has a long and interesting history, having been an important port linking William the Conquerer's English kingdom with his Normandy Dukedom in the 11th century, and having endured centuries of conflict right up until 1944. Today, it's an important ferry and fishing port, and a pleasant seaside resort.

Get in

The Transmanche Ferry [2] from Newhaven, England carries cars and foot passengers across the English Channel in about 4 hours. Arrive by train from Rouen (40min) or Paris (2h).

Get around

Dieppe is a small town with a population of about 30,000. Most of the tourist destinations are within walking distance of hotels, but you can hire bicycles for a few Euros per day from opposite the tourist information office in the harbour area.

See

ESTRAN Cité de la Mer [3]. Marine museum with displays that cover shipping, fishing, geography, and the history of Dieppe. Open 10-12am and 2-6:30pm daily. Entry €3.

Château-Musée de Dieppe [4]. The Castle Museum. Fine art and carvings exhibited in the well preserved castle building. Open 10-12am and 2-6:00pm daily. Entry €5. There are three entrances, but the most interesting access is through the tower based in the Square du Canada.

The memorial to the 19 August 1942 Dieppe raid at the Petit Theatre, Place Camille Saint-Saëns. Open Mid June - End September, 2-6pm daily except Tuesdays. Entry €2.

L'eglise Saint Jacques contains an unusual 16th century freize depicting tribal life in the Amazon, commissioned by the Dieppoise explorer Jean Ango. The church also houses a set of stained glass windows commemorating the 1639 departure of three Augustine Sisters to Quebec, where they founded the Hôtel-Dieu du Quebec—the first hospital in North America—and the Canadian raid on Dieppe 303 years later.

International Kite Festival [5], held every other (even numbered) year - in September.

Do

Buy

Eat

There are plenty of traditional French restaurant, especially seafood restaurants, around the quayside area.

Vegetarian

You won't find a veggie restaurant in Dieppe—they're rare in France. In fact, vegetarians will have a hard time in most restaurants here. Two good options are the excellent Turkish Ankara restaurant (rue de la Rade, near the harbour entrance), and the Indian Bombay Restaurant (15 Areades de la Poissonerie).

Drink

Sleep

You'll find many reasonably priced hotels on the Avenue Verdun, overlooking the beach and the esplande.

  • Hotel Windsor, [6]. A comfortable 2* hotel with rooms at about €60 per night with TV, safe, ensuite shower, WC and hairdryer. Friendly English speaking staff. You'll pay slightly more for a sea view or balcony.

Get out

Hire a bike, and head for the 40km traffic free Avenue Verte, which follows the old Paris-Dieppe railway. Follow the Rue du Géneral Chazny out of town, through Rouxmesil-Bouteilles to Arques la Bataille. Bear left then right to Saint Aubin le Cauf - you'll find the start of the Avenue Verte before you get to St Aubin. From Dieppe, an easy afternoon trip would take you to the Parc Naturel éducatif Guy Weber, just a few kilometers from the start of the Avenue Verte. It's a wetland reserve managed by APEI (L'Association de Parents d'Enfants Inadaptés de Dieppe), you'll find the ecology well documented, and a host of interesting artworks around the meadows. If you don't want to ride from Dieppe, you can hire bikes here and head on south along the Avenue Verte.




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