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Situated in the top part of Normandy, Dieppe is a busy port and sits amongst the cliffs overlooking the English Channel.

It was only in the 19th Century when Dieppe became known as a seaside resort following several visits from the Duchesse de Berry. Today it continues to be a very popular destination with many attractions.

Visitors will also notice that it has many links with Canada. Not only was it the embarkation point for thousands of French people who emigrated to Quebec in the 17th Century, it was also liberated from the Germans by the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division in th Second World War.

Unsurprisingly, the cuisine is largely based around fish and seafood and every November visitors flock to Dieppe for the annual herring festival.

What to see in Dieppe?

Dieppe is the closest resort to Paris, with a pretty pebble beach which is flanked by dramatic limestone cliffs.

The promenade, which is more than a mile long, is a large lawn and children’s play area, which runs all the way to the harbour. From the harbour you can see the fishing boats and explore the many lovely waterside restaurants.

Along the seafront are many memorials for those who lost their lives during World War II in the Dieppe Raid. At the Square du Canada a monument commemorates the special relationship between Dieppe and Canada.

Villa Perrotte is an art gallery which features paintings, sculptures and photography from many contemporary artists.

The Château-Musée, is a 15th century fortress with ivory collection, sculptures carved by sailors dating back to the 16th century, as well as paintings by Renoir, Boudin, Lebourg, Pissaro and etchings by Braque.