Blogs / The depths and delights of Dieppe 23/12/19
What a year!
Back in January, I wrote a blog post on this website explaining why 2019 was going to be a big year for Dieppe. It turns out that it was even bigger than I expected. Thanks to gorgeous weather throughout spring and summer, very high numbers of visitors headed to our sunny shores, and the local tourist office has enjoyed a bumper year. The best surprise arrived in June, when Dieppe’s famous Saturday-morning market was voted second best in the whole country! That really helped to promote this unique seaside town as a quality destination, where you can savour local food & drink at its best. Rick Stein would certainly agree, as you can see in the first episode of his new ‘Secret France’ series, which aired on BBC2 early November. He even crowned our port “home of the world’s best whelks”!
Another good surprise came last month, when the GR21, which crosses Dieppe and its surroundings, was voted France’s favourite hiking trail. Anyone who has walked along this scenic route can confirm that the natural beauty of the land and seascapes the trail offers are simply breath-taking. Being a real active and sporty town, Dieppe was then awarded the “Terre de Jeux 2024” label, recognising the town’s efforts to increase the amount of sport people play and to get them involved in the big Olympic and Paralympic journey. Dieppe will now have access to an exclusive visual identity, as well as marketing tools to spread news about Paris 2024 and make preparations for key moments.
That’s not all. Here in Dieppe, good news comes in fours, and just last week it was confirmed that Dieppe had gained the prestigious “Station de Tourisme” label, rewarding the town for the quality of its beaches, facilities, activities and restaurants. Tourism is on the rise in Dieppe, and this label will help the town draw even more visitors, thus contributing to the local economy. Remember, Dieppe is right on your doorstep, and you don’t have to travel further south to experience the best of France.
I really came to realise that the town was in good shape while reading through the comments section on The Argus’ website a couple of weeks ago. Under an article on the closure of several independent stores in Brighton city centre, a reader commented that the city by the sea was going downhill and advised people to visit Dieppe, where one could find an amazing market, delicious restaurants and small independent shops galore. I was born in Brighton and have always looked to the city, but today I must admit the guy is right. Thirty new stores have opened in the town centre over the past year, which is amazing for a municipality of 30,000 souls. Dieppe has become a small mecca for local produce, quality events, good restaurants and indy shops, and the best is yet to come. Bring on 2020!