In 9th century, the Vikings gave Harfleur its name which in Norse meant "upper port" as opposed to Honfleur "lower port". Thanks to its location on the crossroads of sea-going and river routes, Harfleur has thrived since Gallo-Roman times. As the outer harbour of Rouen and a royal city in the 13th century Harfleur became the sovereign port of Normandy and resulted in the construction of Le Havre after the port began tot silt up in the 16th century. Today all that remains of this prestigious past is its attractive historic town centre built around the river Lézarde. The rivers extends to the south by a large dock / canal approximately 750m long with its wharf aprons which lead to the Le Havre - Tancarville canal (formink the link between the industrial zone of Le Havre and the river Seine). A dock and its quays still underused despite their interest. The dock / canal staddles the towns of Harfleur (northern poart) and Gonfreville-l'Orcher (southern part).
With excellent transport links, adjacent to a well-preservated historic town centre, the canal and docks could be used for accomodation and water-related activities (lighters, barges, etc.).