Étretat is best known for its chalk cliffs, including three natural arches and a pointed formation called L’Aiguille or the Needle. The Etretat cliffs are as high as 90 metres.
These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet. They were featured prominently in the 1909 Arsène Lupin novel The Hollow Needle by Maurice Leblanc. They also feature in the 2014 film Lucy, directed by Luc Besson.