the town
with 4 ports

When you arrive in Dieppe for the first time, you are immediately immersed in an exhilarating maritime atmosphere: seagulls flying over the town and the smell of sea salt in the air are signs that the sea is very close and that you will have great experiences. 

Yes, when you will arrive in the town, on your way to the beach, take time to look around you. The first thing you will see is the fishing port with the boats moored opposite the fish market building. If you arrive early in the morning when the fishing trawlers return to port, you might even be able, just like all good people from Dieppe, to go and buy your fresh fish at the "gates", as they say here, which is to say directly from the fishermen, the very best. It must be said that Dieppe's fishing port is the first French port for scallops. Therefore scallops naturally have pride of place on the menus of the numerous restaurants in town. You will be able to enjoy it in many different ways, from Carpaccio to Normandy style and especially enjoy it in the "marmite dieppoise" (Dieppe fish stew), a generous local specialty. Then, on your way to the beach you will arrive in front of the basins of the marina. Its 900 moorings, including 50 for visitors only, are located in the heart of the city centre opposite the beautiful facades along the Quai Henri IV. Have a walk in this area, which has been fully remodelled to make the most of the nautical feel: large pedestrian walkways, benches opposite the boats, platform in the water, streamlined aluminium balustrade. Not to mention the continuous row of welcoming terraces of restaurants and cafes serving local specialties. 

The seafront

Further away, here you are on the seafront. A wide and impressive expanse: in front of you the sea welcomes you with its many different colours and wide palette of blue and green. You will notice a large pebble beach slightly curved. The far end of the beach bordered by the cliff, beautiful as always, offers a pretty view over Pourville-sur-Mer. If you look right, you can see the cross-channel port: this is where you take the ferry to Newhaven in England.
And if you are interested in learning more about the town's maritime traffic you can go to the commercial port and observe that Dieppe is rather well equipped to handle cargo ships. The commercial port, which had its moment of glory with the fruit and ivory trade, now accommodates large cargo ships full of cereals, wood, sand or even bank gravel that cross the different basins to access the unloading docks.
With its four ports, Dieppe is really representative of this rare and unique authentic maritime atmosphere that you can also feel in all the other seaside towns along the Alabaster Coast.