Le Treport on the Alabaster Coast
Le Treport is a small fishing port on the northern tip of the Côte d’Albâtre.
It is located at the mouth of the Bresle, one of the three rivers that open the coast.
Its pebble beach stretches at the foot of one of the Alabaster Coast’s highest cliffs.
One of the best ways to access the cliff is a ride on the city’s recently upgraded funicular (2006).
Le Treport is easily accessed from Paris and has therefore become a sought after seaside resort.
Le Treport, Eu and Mers-les-Bains have also merged into a unique resort and are known as ‘the three sister cities – les trois villes soeurs.’
Eu and Le Treport are located on the Bresle’s south bank in Normandy, while Mers-les-Bains on the north bank, is in Picardie.
Le Treport has a significant history as it was one of the sites where the Vikings landed in the 10th century.
It was also there that Rollo, the forerunner of the Dukes of Normandy, died around 930.
Le Treport, a thriving fishing port
Le Treport was a very active fishing port which benefited further from the maritime canal open in the 15th century.
However, it thrived after the French Revolution because of its proximity and ease of access to and from Paris.
Local fishermen could indeed easily supply the capital with fresh fish!
The fish market – Halle aux poissons – is therefore a ‘must visit’!
Maritime and fluvial traffic were improved in the following decades with the expansion and modernization of its canal.
Le Treport is not only an active fishing port and port of cabotage, but has also been a major centre of rescue at sea since the 1880s.
A trendy seaside resort
The city was consecrated a trendy seaside resort in the mid 1840s, when King Louis-Philippe built a luxurious villa in Eu, where he accommodated the Queen of England!
The affluent Parisian bourgeoisie followed in his steps and built magnificent villas along the waterfront.
Sadly, most of buildings were destroyed during WWII as the Germans occupied Le Treport.
In fact, you can still visit the galleries dug into the cliffs during the war.
The Musée du Vieux Tréport is another compulsory ‘must visit’.
It indeed chronicles the life and work of the fishermen as well as local traditions – some of these are sadly on the verge of disappearing!
As you discover the area you’ll come across the ruins of the 11th century Abbaye Saint-Michel, which was destroyed during the French Revolution.
The Eglise de Saint-Jacques du Tréport was built on the site of the old parish church which collapsed under the storm of 1360.
Restored in 1699, it is a classified Historical Monument.
You will also find many crosses (calvaires) erected either to ward off epidemics or simply to protect the fishermen at sea.
And as we are in Normandy, you’ll sadly also find several WWII military cemeteries (Commonwealth, German, Belgian and South African) in the surrounding countryside!
Le Treport, a Must-Visit when holidaying on the Alabaster Coast.
Department of Seine-Maritime
Coordinates: Lat 50.059170 – Long 1.382472