Rebuilt after the war, the city of Le Havre has a modern architecture, with its buildings, its Saint-Joseph church and its Oscar-Niemeyer cultural space, recognizable by its two volcano-shaped buildings. The work of architect Auguste Perret, this complex is now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In order for you to be able to choose the best suited accommodation for your needs, we suggest that you quickly get in touch with the hosts on HomeCamper. If you want to spend your stay directly with the locals of the area who can share their knowledge of the region with you, don't hesitate to book your stay in advance!
Located in Normandy, on the right bank of the Seine estuary, Le Havre is the second largest port in France after Marseille and has a population of around 172,000.
Several buildings in the city are classified as "historic monuments" or deserve a detour or a visit, although there are only a few old buildings left because of the bombings of the Second World War: Graville Abbey, the oldest building in Le Havre, dating from the Middle Ages; the Saint-Michel d'Ingouville chapel, also from the Middle Ages; the Dubocage hotel in Bléville; the former courthouse; the hanging gardens, and their 17 hectares offering a superb view of the bay of the Seine; the Vauban docks; all the districts of Le Havre that bear witness to recent modern architecture, such as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry; the Baths of the Docks, an aquatic centre designed by Jean Nouvel; the Volcano, Oscar Niemeyer's monument of incomparable architecture, which houses an immense media library and the Scène Nationale; the Saint-Joseph church in Perret, with its lantern tower and 12768 coloured glasses, a landmark throughout the city.
You will also find several interesting museums: the Shipowner's House, dedicated to the history of the city; the André Malraux Museum of Modern Art (MuMa) with its important collections of impressionists; the Museum of Natural History in its 18th century building. Atypical and modern, Le Havre will surprise and seduce you for sure!
Le Havre is known for its temperate oceanic climate, as are some coastal cities in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Le Havre's climate has four distinct seasons where cold and wet winters follow hot summers, with relatively mild transitional seasons. Due to the maritime influence of the English Channel, rainfall is present all year round. It is therefore advisable for any visitor to have waterproof clothing or an umbrella as rain can occur at any time of the year, in any season.
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