Le Havre

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Le Harve is a large city and port on the river Seine founded in 1517. It is now home to a commercial port, ferry terminal, a marina and a series of basins further inland.




"Le Havre (, French: [lə ɑvʁ(ə)] (listen); Norman: Lé Hâvre) is an urban French commune and city in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region of northwestern France. It is situated on the right bank of the estuary of the river Seine on the Channel southwest of the Pays de Caux. Le Havre is the most populous commune of Upper Normandy, although the total population of the greater Le Havre conurbation is smaller than that of Rouen. After Reims, it is also the second largest subprefecture in France. The name Le Havre means "the harbour" or "the port". Its inhabitants are known as Havrais or Havraises.The city and port were founded by King Francis I in 1517. Economic development in the Early modern period was hampered by religious wars, conflicts with the English, epidemics, and storms. It was from the end of the 18th century that Le Havre started growing and the port took off first with the slave trade then other international trade. After the 1944 bombings the firm of Auguste Perret began to rebuild the city in concrete. The oil, chemical, and automotive industries were dynamic during the Trente Glorieuses (postwar boom) but the 1970s marked the end of the golden age of ocean liners and the beginning of the economic crisis: the population declined, unemployment increased and remains at a high level today.

Changes in years 1990–2000 were numerous. The right won the municipal elections and committed the city to the path of reconversion, seeking to develop the service sector and new industries (Aeronautics, Wind turbines). The Port 2000 project increased the container capacity to compete with ports of northern Europe, transformed the southern districts of the city, and ocean liners returned. Modern Le Havre remains deeply influenced by its employment and maritime traditions. Its port is the second largest in France, after that of Marseille, for total traffic, and the largest French container port.

In 2005 UNESCO inscribed the central city of Le Havre as a World Heritage Site. The André Malraux Modern Art Museum is the second of France for the number of impressionist paintings. The city has been awarded two flowers by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom." Wikipedia









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Le Harve Marina
1 . Le Harve Marina

Over a thousand berths in a large marina near the entrance to the harbour on the port-side approach behind the breakwater. Next to the beach which leads north to a few restaurants and bars.

Port Vauban
2 . Port Vauban

Long term mooring inside the commercial harbour behind a bridge and lock that opens only twice a day. Next to Novotel, Ibis, and Nomad hotels.

Port de Honfleur - Vieux Bassin
3 . Port de Honfleur - Vieux Bassin

The old basin holds 120 berths and is found on the starboard approach behind the lock gates, Lieutenance castle, and a lifting bridge. Many restaurants are found around the basin.

Honfleur - Bassin de l'Est
4 . Honfleur - Bassin de l'Est

A large basin behind a lock and lifting bridge welcoming larger craft. The majority of visiting vessels moor in the Vieux Basin.

Port Deauville
5 . Port Deauville

A large water-side hotel complex with stern-too mooring behind a lock with, in addition, if you follow the breakwater round behind the hotel, four long pontoons forming an inner marina.

Port Morny
6 . Port Morny

An initial basin behind a lock that opens 3 hours either side of high-water. This port offers no visitor mooring but on the far side a second basin offers visitor berths.

Basin Morny
7 . Basin Morny

A basin behind Port Morny with 80 visitor berths near the footbridge entrance.Near to hotel Ibis and Mercure and several restaurants within walking distance.

Port Guillaume
8 . Port Guillaume

A large marina found behind the twisting sand dune with a shallow approach, very shallow in places. The lock opens 3 hours either side of high-water. The far end of the marina offers a couple of re...

Fecamp outer marina
9 . Fecamp outer marina

Stopover in a city of Art and History in the heart of Normandy, the marina of Fécamp is accessible at any time. The site has more than 800 berths, including 75 for visitors, 230 berths, 510 in the...

Berigny Basin
10 . Berigny Basin

A large basin behind a lock with three sets of pontoons at the far end.

Ouistreham Marina
11 . Ouistreham Marina

A crowded marina on the eastern side of the Cean canal and on the opposite side of Ouistreham itself resulting in an isolated marina. Two restaurants and a supermarket are a short walk away near th...

Port de Plaisance
12 . Port de Plaisance

A busy port for local boats only.

Marina Bassin Joinville
13 . Marina Bassin Joinville

A long and narrow large marina with 20 visitor berths near the bridge and lock.

Caen Marina
14 . Caen Marina

A marina with a dozen visitor berths in the heart of Caen which can be approached through the canal with bridge openings on scheduled times. Ibis and Mercure hotels and a handful of restaurants nea...

Marina Saint Valery en Caux
15 . Marina Saint Valery en Caux

Well sheltered from the prevailing winds by the sides of the valley, the port nestles in the heart of the city. Composed of two basins including the pleasure one which always remains in water, it h...

Port Bassin
16 . Port Bassin

A small basin behind a lock with a limited number of visitor moorings along the western quayside. The second basin is for local boats only. Once moored alongside a few bars and restaurants are with...

Port de Grandcamp-Maisy
17 . Port de Grandcamp-Maisy

A neatly arranged square marina behind a lock gate behind the sea defences and home to two long and two short pontoons hosting about 250 boats with a dozen visitor berths. Walking distance to a cou...

Duquesne basin
18 . Duquesne basin

50 wet dock berths at the Duquesne basin behind a lifting bridge and lock.

Marina Jehan Ango
19 . Marina Jehan Ango

The marina is free of any tidal constraint. It offers all the services of a major port of call, as well as multiple advantages for the travelling sailor. Whether your Port of call for an ideal stop...

Paris basin
20 . Paris basin

70 wet dock berths at end of the large Paris basin behind a lock.

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Deauville
1 . Deauville
(Normandy )

A spectacular side side resort with sandy beaches each side of the river mouth and a harbour, marina, casino, race course and great hotels.

Dives-sur-Mer
2 . Dives-sur-Mer
(Normandy )

The historic town built around the mouth of the river Dives is home to a gated marina and a series of yachts moored in the channel. The town was the launchpad for William the Conqueror and has a ma...

Fecamp
3 . Fecamp
(Normandy )

An historic town a short hop north of Harve has medieval stories and a beach to be explored. The town is home to a commercial port and a set of finger pontoons as well as a basin behind a gate open...

Ouistreham
4 . Ouistreham
(Normandy )

A small fishing port with a ferry and marina. Entrance to the Caen canal to the Med is behind the locks that open five times during high water.

Courseulles-sur-Mer
5 . Courseulles-sur-Mer
(Normandy )

A popular tourist destination for the normandy beach landings, and for Parisians during summer. Home to two gated basins along the river Seulles.

Saint-Valery-en-Caux
6 . Saint-Valery-en-Caux
(Normandy )

A short distance west of Dieppe this pretty town is home to a moderate marina, a small fishing port, and a monastery.

Port-en-Bessin-Huppain
7 . Port-en-Bessin-Huppain
(Normandy )

The small town is access via a breakwater with mooring buoys to the left approach, further inland two gated locks can be found.

Dieppe
8 . Dieppe
(Normandy )

The port of Dieppe sits on the pebble beach mouth of the river Arques and is famous for scallops. It provides a ferry service to Newhaven in England.

Grandcamp-Maisy
9 . Grandcamp-Maisy
(Normandy )

A small fishing town that was home to the German heavy artillery. The approach is either side of high-water with a small marina behind a gated lock.

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue
10 . Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue
(Normandy )

The small historical whaling town has a finger of land extending south with a mound on which a fort was built. To the north there is a marina enclosed within a breakwater opposite a tiny island of ...

Carentan
11 . Carentan
(Normandy )

A small inland town at the foot of a canal home to a dozen pontoons.

Barfleur
12 . Barfleur
(Normandy )

An historical port for a journey to England where the Normans departed for the battle of Hastings.

Le Treport
13 . Le Treport
(Normandy )

A pretty cliff side town home to a fishing port and a sea-side resort.

Cherbourg-Octeville
14 . Cherbourg-Octeville
(Normandy )

A large city and military port with ferries to Ireland and England. A stopping point for transatlantic liners. Home to fishing and yacht and a shipbuilding yard.

Portbail
15 . Portbail
(Normandy )

A small town with a large drying harbour with a small yacht basin.

Le Hourdel
16 . Le Hourdel
(Hauts-de-France )

A small group of houses on the tip of the sand dunes home to a very small channel for shallow draft local boats.

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme
17 . Saint-Valery-sur-Somme
(Hauts-de-France )

A pretty town towards the south of a large sandy the Somme river mouth which dries and can only be approached in high tides. The marina is tucked south of the town along the quay.

Le Crotoy
18 . Le Crotoy
(Hauts-de-France )

A small historic town with a small double pontoon tucked away from the drying bay opposite Saint-Valery-sur-Somme.

Carteret
19 . Carteret
(Normandy )

Sometimes called the "port of the isles" on the mouth of the river Gerfleur. the inner bay is home to a gated marina.

Eastbourne
20 . Eastbourne
(England - United Kingdom )

An historic large south east facing town on the southern coast of England with a long sandy coastline.

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