Solo Travel Destination: Honfleur, France

We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Sylvia, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Sylvia is from Canada, and submitted the following report about Honfleur. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!

Solo travel rating: (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)

Languages spoken: French, English

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The Vieux Bassin or Old Harbor.

Reasons to go:  Since there is no direct train service, you can get to Honfleur a variety of ways depending on your itinerary. You can take the train from Paris to Le Havre, or perhaps Deauville, then take a bus on to Honfleur.

Honfleur has a Canadian connection. It was from here that Samuel de Champlain left to explore the new world. In 1608 he founded the city of Quebec and the lake that bears his name.

I loved walking along the cobbled side streets admiring the architecture of the 14th to the 19th century. It’s an artist’s paradise to paint this charming, colorful seaside town, especially around the Vieux Bassin (Old Harbor) with its many pleasure boats.

One interesting site that is a must-see is Sainte-Catherine Church, the only surviving wooden church in France from the 15th century.

I stopped at the old prison to take some photos. This building now houses the Musée d’Ethnographie et d’Art Populaire, which displays headdresses, old furniture, farm implements, and more.

After exploring, take time to relax in one of the many cafes around the harbor. Have something to eat, perhaps a glass of wine or two, while watching the world go by.

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The Church of Sainte-Catherine dates back to the 15th century.

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Many cafes to choose from to enjoy the view of the Old Harbor.

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Many cobbled side streets in which to wander.

Solo Travel Destination Rating System

Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)

Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)

Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)

Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)

Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)


  • pat

    Having just spent some time in Bruge, Brussels and Amsterdam as a solo and many little hill towns with a tour, I thank you for this. Will look for it next time.

  • Patent Agent

    Fantastic, comprehensive guide! It looks absolutely beautiful there, I just love France!

  • Travelbug1

    Yes. I hope to go back again. The few hours wasn’t long enough.

  • The Wondernuts

    Well, it looks just darling. I would go for sure.