Between Etretat particular, France, 76790
Etretat and its sea bathing became a fashion from 1843 through the novel History of Roman Etretat, Alphonse Karr, novelist and journalist. He often went there and said, “If I have to show the sea to a friend, it will Etretat”.
The small fishing village will then cease to grow. Between the cliffs, the villas will rise at a steady pace. The casino will open in 1852 and will be given great performances such as operas of Offenbach. The arrival of the railway will not only increase its notoriety. By 1890, Etretat become the vacation spot of choice. Renowned writers fall in love with this magical setting and picturesque: Maupassant, born near Dieppe, Andre Gide, buried not far from there or even Maurice Leblanc, who will make the hollow needle the haunt of gentleman thief Arsène Lupine. Immortalized by painters Courbet and Monet, Etretat has kept its soul of a small village.