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With the second Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the world, France is a de facto maritime power. But do you know its coasts ? When it comes to geography, nothing beats a map, right ?


Normandy being bordered by the sea to the west, it is necessary to know the language of the coasts to be able to navigate. You will therefore find below the major tourist sites attached to these pieces of Normandy coastline, in order to get to the right place the first time !


The maritime coasts of metropolitan France and their different names 




The Alabaster Coast :

The only coast north of the Seine, the "Cote d'Albatre" (Alabster Coast) begins in the Bay of Seine in Le Havre and ends in the north of Le Treport, the northernmost port city of the Seine-Maritime department. The Alabaster Coast therefore covers the entire Seine-Maritime department to the west and owes its name to the chalk of its famous cliffs !

The names associated with the Alabaster Coast are essentially seaside towns of the last century, more or less important fishing ports, before this great fashion of the day before yesterday. The best known of all is undoubtedly Etretat and its cliffs, known throughout the world : mainly thanks to painting and cinema.

But another city is important for the Normans and Normandy, Fecamp : the city of the Dukes.Cradle of the Dukes of Normandy, who through the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte (911), allowed the birth of this French region and subsequently allowed the Norman power to shine both in England, and in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The Vikings' thirst for discovery and conquest is matched only by their talents as warriors.

Other ports that have become seaside towns, Veulettes-sur-Mer, Saint-Valery-en-Caux, Le Treport and the largest of all ports : Dieppe.

Le Treport certainly marks the border between Seine-Maritime and the Somme, between the Cote d'Albatre and the Picardy Coast, but it is also the mouth of the Bresle, the Bresle valley being known throughout the world as... Glass Valley !