It is said Saint-Valery-en-Caux has been founded by Saint Valery in the 7th century. A monastery was built on the site of the present-day town and was known as ’Sanctum Walaricum’. It was a busy fishing port from the 13th to the 17th century. Its decline was due to the growth of the much larger port of Fecamp, to the west.
It is perhaps best known as the place where the British 51st Infantry Division and French troops surrendered to Erwin Rommel on June 12 1940. The town was largely destroyed in the fighting in 1940.
Saint-Valery-en-Caux has huge chalk cliffs rise up from the pebble beach.