Find out more about the living environment of the Rouen Seine Eure metropolitan area
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Between Paris and the sea, the Rouen Seine Eure metropolitan area runs over a wonderful location from river to forests, structured around 5 curves of the Seine.
A breathtaking heritage
As a true movie set, the historic city centre of Rouen has over 2.000 half-timbered houses located along the cobble and pedestrian streets. The spire of the Notre-Dame Cathedral reaches 151 meters (495 feet), which is the highest one in France. You can discover the city centre’s charm in numerous ways: on the touristic train, on foot with a tour guide, inside a helicopter or on a Segway!
Culture for all ages
Artists were born here, other paint it or tell its story. Claude Monet, Marcel Duchamp, Gustave Flaubert or Michel Bussi give you a glimpse of Rouen through their arts. With its various museums with outstanding collections, whose entry is free for 9 of them, discover the Joan of Arc myth, follow the history of painting, education or ceramics. You can experience and reinvent the heritage through escape games and the Panorama XXL.
A large and dynamic urban centre
Visitors can discover the pedestrian medieval city centre of Rouen and enjoy the biggest open-sky shopping centre of France, the perfect location to relax and go shopping in more than 3.000 stores. With its historic centre, Rouen, whose Gros-Horloge street is (in fact) the first pedestrian street ever built in France, offers a wide range of retailers for both grown-ups and little ones, where luxury stores, franchises and independent shops are mixed in harmony.
A territory rich in flavour
The gastronomic heritage of Rouen is the result of many centuries of a precious mix between local products of Normandy and exotic horizons … Local and sea products settle every day in the market stalls and in many plates of Rouen and the Seine Valley’s restaurants. Canard à la rouennaise, coquilles Saint-Jaques (scallops), cheeses and ciders of Normandy, apple sugar are some of the many dishes you can enjoy and share with others.
The nature of Normandy
On foot, on the 310 miles of hiking paths or alongside the banks of the Seine, or on a bike, through the Impressionists bikeway or on the Road of the Fruits, between the river and fruit trees…You can find many ideas for activities such as walks, leisure time and discoveries in this preserved environment.)
In boat, all along the river, the Seine shows its uncountable faces that will delight lovers of sailing and nature.
Sport fans and thrills-seekers will enjoy numerous sport equipment put at their disposal and could cheer and support their favourite teams of soccer (QRM), basketball (RMB), ice hockey (the Huskies), baseball (the Léopards)… And for the families, the Caséo pool complex and the Léry-Poses leisure park offer a cocktail of activities: water ski, kayaks, catamarans, windsurfing…
Rouen, a meeting place, portrays a real festive destination with cultural and sport events which are nationally and internationally well-known: the Armada from June 6th to June 16th of 2019, the Normandy Impressioniste festival, the French Cup (synchronized skating), the 24h motonautique speedboat race, concerts in the Zenith or the 106, the Vaudreuil Golf Challenge or exceptional Operas.
Every season features a rich and diverse planning which kids and adults will enjoy: the Puces rouennaises (flea market), Cathédrale de Lumière (cathedral illumination) , the Terrasses du Jeudi (street concerts) or the Foire Saint Romain (funfair)…
The Rouen Tourist Office and the Seine-Eure Tourist Office welcome you, guide you and give you advice on the organisation of your professional stays, family trips and romantic weekends in Normandy. You can find all the useful and helpful information on the websites as well as monuments to visit, not-to-be-missed events, outings, leisure activities, sports to practice … Enjoy a wide range of top addresses for lodgings and Hotels, for restaurants in Rouen and in Normandy (online reservation).