Deauville (LFRG)

I flew to Deauville yesterday with the missus and a couple of friends. It was a lovely, blue-sky day.

Deauville airport (LFRG) is small and friendly. It has an ILS and a long runway so it’s easy to get into. Sea fogs can cause problems, as with many airports in northern France. In the summer, visitors park on the grass but yesterday I parked on the main apron. Customs and landing fees take minutes and every time I have been there a taxi has always been waiting outside. The only frustration is that it can take a while to get a clearance and taxi instructions to get airborne (20 minutes yesterday).

Honfleur, a 15-minute cab ride, is a beautiful harbour town. It reminds me a little of Brixham and Dartmouth, near where I grew up.

Honfleur harbour

Avoid the harbour-side tourist cafes and walk a minute or two into the town for lunch at L’Homme De Bois (30, Rue Homme de Bois). It’s quieter and quainter with a great (mainly) seafood menu.

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There is also an excellent ice cream parlour right by the harbour.

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3 Responses to Deauville (LFRG)

  1. martijn moret March 25, 2009 at 18:07 #

    Great places….. a couple of years back landed in Deauville as well, bit tricky with the trees and turbulence. Honfleur is beautiful as well, although I suspect the artists to only show up in summer… 🙂 Great story Matthew!

  2. Morgan April 12, 2009 at 20:10 #

    Honfleur is a beautiful harbour town to visit. However, the taxi fare from LFRG to the town verges on taking the mickey.

    • Matthew Stibbe April 12, 2009 at 21:15 #

      That sounds about right and, yes, it is expensive. On the other hand, the landing fee is pretty modest and makes the landing fees at tourist-friendly destinations in the UK like Exeter, Edinburgh, St. Mawgan or Leeds look very expensive indeed. It's swings and roundabouts I guess. My guess is that it'll cost more to land at St. Mawgan and get a taxi to Padstow, perhaps the nearest comparable destination, than to land at LFRG and get a cab to Honfleur. And it's all cheap compared to the cost flying around in a Cirrus 🙂

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