Winning fame as the closest beach to Paris, the seafront at Dieppe has a long line of 19th-century mansions and hotels from when sea resorts first became fashionable.
The windswept pebble beach is invigorating in winter and promises classic fun in the sun in summer.
But Dieppe is a lot more than a resort, as you’ll discover at the working fishing port lined by painted houses.
The city is awash with maritime charm, in its old-world fishing districts and historic castle laden with the riches of 16th-century sea expeditions.
Dieppe is on the Côte d’Albâtre (Alabaster Coast), which was adored by impressionists like Monet, Renoir and Sisley who came to paint the white cliffs and seaside villages.
Lets explore the best things to do in Dieppe:
1. Château de Dieppe
High to the west of the harbour and fishing port, Dieppe’s 15th-century castle happens to be the oldest building in the city as it avoided a titanic bombardment by the Anglo-Dutch fleet in 1694. The flint and sandstone castle has a rectangular plan, with circular towers on each corner, but it’s what’s inside that is most fascinating.
There are three rooms dedicated to Dieppe’s 17th-century ivory trade with Guinea, which includes solar discs, fans, tobacco graters, snuff boxes, medallion portraits all sculpted with awesome skill (if you don’t think too much about where they came from!). In the art collection are 12 works by the cubist painter Georges Braque, who is buried not far away in Sainte-Marguerite-sur-Mer.