Dieppe may have lost out to Deauville in attracting glamorous Parisian visitors, but it still holds a charm for anyone arriving from England. As I will be reminded today when I arrive there.
Part of its appeal, I guess, is that it signifies the real start to a holiday, but it is also a rather pretty town in its own right.
Once you’re away from the ferry port and into the town proper, you can see why it has become a place for locals to promenade. There’s a beach, a pleasure port and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.
Dieppe has switched between the French and the English over the years – indeed, its name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘deep’.
Today, no doubt the presence of the English will be felt again, as another ferryload of visitors arrive.