Etretat represents some high cliffs and stunning limestone in the form of springs, as we can rarely imagine. Its scenery seems unreal, but what's unreal becomes real when you get there.
Awesome natural spot
When you reach the cliff for the first time, you can say a great wooooow! The small beach promenade designed for tourists is between two high natural cliffs, Falaise d'Aval d'upstream and each arc or equipment and Porte d'Aval. Both are superb, you do not know where to look and where to go rather: to the right (Porte d'upstream) or to the left (Porte d'Aval). After senses of amazement you can climb the Falaise d'Avaluntil where the world seems already tight, and then get on to the right to the Falaise d'upstream where is a small church, Notre Dame de La Garde. You feel big and like in the mountains, because you 're on the beach at an altitude 0, but as you look left and right you realize you're in the middle of the Half Pipe, as cliffs reach up to 90 m. And because we're in this, the path you can walk on the cliffs raised part of the long distance hiking route GR 21 which leaves from and arrives in Le Havre and Le Treporti, where the cliffs reach even 110 m, the greater height of the cliff on the coast.
Located on the village of Etretat, the Alabaster Coast was less besieged as Honfleur. It owes its prosperity and reputation for the discoverers and for the writers Alexandre Dumas and Guy de Maupassant and for the painters: Delacroix, Courbet, Boudin and Monet. The road is hooked up by many stairs, slippery trails and magnificent landscapes.
Claude Monet Terrace
There is Claude Monet Terrace. At the end of a street with beautiful buildings there is a great terrace, caught exactly one bay side of two parts, as in a clamp opened, white limestone cliffs, high and steep. The vast left dug of a large window in the water from the rock seems to stretch a leg before bathe. It appears as a kind of triumphal arch with a "needle" (a sharp formation of 70 meters high). The second arch, La Manne Gates offer stunning landscapes of the rock on the left. You can seat in front of the waves where Monet painted the sailboats that went fishing for herring and the landscape on the left side gives an understanding of his passion for the life and water, the exchangers amazing colors and everything that reflects into it. Old boats converted into houses covered with reeds, suggesting beating friendly seagulls beaking like that would not spoil the breeze, the blue sea turmoil, the elegant villas on the green rock and the entire village. These are privileged moments, recorded in memory along with the view of Rocamadour at night, walking near the Atlantic shore of Lagos (Portugal), meeting with David (Michelangelo, Florence) and St. Peter's markets (Rome) and there are enough ... for another time.
The landscapes at Etretat are just a page from the book of paintings in the water where the ocean, the sea and the river are the main characters. These are the places where you can see Monet- the painting living water course, which he created himself: the water lily pond next to an exceptional garden!
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What is a sea cliff? A sea cliff is a steep rock created by erosion along a coast.
The word cliff applies to any rocky escarpment, near a coast.
Types of cliffs We can distinguish: low cliffs (height less than 2 meters ), medium cliffs (between 2 and 10 meters) and high cliffs (over 10 meters).
The highest cliffs in the world, Kahiwa Falls , are located in Hawaii on the Molokai Island, and they are about 610 meters high.
Cliff formation Cliffs are formed: by the action of horizontal erosion on an elevated bank either by vertical action digging on a substrate rock or by a differential erosion on two types of rocks , one being more sensitive than the other.
At the foot of the cliffs are usually the remains of their collapse phase in the form of piles of rocks.
The importance of these clusters often depends on the sensitivity of the erosion of the rock.
Nesting habitats Enjoy the close-up views of the beautiful sides of the rock nesting colonies, with binoculars and telescopes provided.
If you someday visit a sea cliff, you can closely look and see a basking adder, while at sea, may be porpoises and dolphins.
The sea cliffs provide nest sites for about 4,000 birds, including puffins, guillemots, auks and fulmars.
Other birds that use this habitat include Peregrines and Ravens.
Seabird populations are monitorized not to be bothered and any disturbances to the colony are minimized.
Visitors’ value The beauty of the reserves with seabird spectacles, operational lighthouses and many sites of geological and of archaeological interest, make the sea cliffs very popular among visitors.
These are major tourist attractions to enhance the flow of tourist revenue to islands and seas.
If possible, you will be provided support by the local communities and you will be transported to another slower, more relaxing time.
As the cliffs are located along rocky coastlines, being on the top of them offers stunning and spacious views.
Sea cliffs are the most beautiful parts of the seas.
The array of barren rocks, the reefs and beaches serve as the best opportunities for excellent tours for a day, swimming and romantic vacations.
Sea cliffs are good spots, splendid isolations for relaxation and meditation.