Welcome to the Portes de l’Eure area !
The Portes de l’Eure Borough includes 41 towns and villages of which the largest in terms of inhabitants are Vernon with a population of 26 000, Saint Marcel and Pacy-sur-Eure which share an equal population of 5 000 inhabitants, followed by Gasny which counts 2 000 residents. The area, which is ideally situated at a distance of just one hour (by car or train) from either Paris or Rouen is a condensed version of Normandy right on your doorstep !!
The Portes de l’Eure area has a whole range of attractions to offer ! Whether it be the symbolic tourist venues at Giverny made famous by the Impressionist artist, Claude Monet or Vernon’s – the Gate of Normandy’s – remarkable historical heritage or that of the Seine Valley ,or just as equally the Eure Valley’s delicious hidden treasures.
Giverny – In the Epte Valley
Giverny is an internationally renowned village which lies in the Valley through which the River Epte flows (the river being the natural boundary which separates Normandy from the Paris region). The village has become so famous due to its links with Claude Monet and the fabulous legacy left here by the artist.
The River Epte which runs through the village was diverted by the master in order to create his water garden. At the end of the 19th century a large number of artists resided in the village and used to gather at the Hotel Baudy which made Giverny’s atmosphere very lively.
Apart from Claude Monet’s House and Gardens the renowned Giverny Impressionisms Museum may also be found here as well as numerous artists’ galleries along with both a cultural discovery trail and three hiking trails which will immerse you into rich and conserved countryside.
Pacy-sur-Eure – In the Eure Valley
Pacy-sur-Eure is situated in the heart of the Eure Valley in between the towns of Evreux, Vernon and Mantes-la-Jolie. You will be taken back by the dynamism, charm and history of Pacy-sur-Eure with its 5 000 inhabitants and 3 flower floral trophy. The town market with its spread of quality regional produce is held on the square (Place Dufay) every Thursday morning. The town’s former station offers a unique and completely out-of-the ordinary experience if you board one of its vintage trains for a journey which will take you back in time, thanks to the Eure Valley Railway Company which frequently runs theme-based train rides aboard vehicles from yesteryear.
The Eure Valley which is just a few miles away from Paris is a real haven of rest and tranquility. Its charming guest houses, hiking trails and local produce…… are all on offer for you to choose from during your stay.
Vernon – In the Seine Valley
“Bearer of the French 3-flower floral trophy, Vernon is the second most populated town in the Eure county. It has 26 000 inhabitants. With its motto ‘Vernon, forever green’ (Vernon semper viret) it is typified by the presence of its peaceful river, its lime-tree lined avenues, its ancient streets and half-timbered houses.
The town centre-circuit will guide you to Vernon’s remarkable artistic and historic remnants. Vernon is situated in the heart of the Seine Valley ; the famous river from which the valley gets its name inspired both Monet as well as one of his close artist friends, Pierre Bonnard. The River Seine, with its specially-designed walkways which run for miles alongside the water conduce to a romantic atmosphere.
Discover the Portes de l’Eure area thanks our virtual videos :
> Visit of the Town Hall Square – Vernon
> Guided Tour of the Seine Valley
> Visit of Vernon’s Collegiate
>Visit of Pacy-sur-Eure
>Visit of the Ile des Moulins river island
> Visit of Saint Aubin Church
> Guided Tour of the Epte Valley
> Visit of Giverny Church
> The ‘Between the Epte and Seine Rivers’ visit
> Visit of Gasny Town Hall
> Visit of Gasny and the River Epte
>Guided Tour of the Eure Valley
Cartography of the 41 towns and villages of the Portes de l’Eure Borough