Particularly popular with Parisians, Deauville has inherited the nickname of the 21st arrondissement of Paris. In spring and summer, Parisians flee the capital to take refuge on the Cote Fleurie: they are looking for rejuvenating seaside strolls in a pleasant urban setting with a charming late 19th century vintage feel.
Indeed, since the beginning of the 20th century, Deauville became the home not only of illustrious personalities such as Cocò Chanel, who opened a boutique here in 1913, but also of royalty from all over Europe, wealthy industrialists and famous politicians such as Winston Churchill.
Today, Deauville is a refined and elegant town with its exclusive boutiques, prestigious mansions and casino frequented by celebrities, especially during the Festival of American Film.
Separated from Deauville only by a bridge, Trouville-sur-Mer is a beautiful fishing village that has become an extension of Deauville over time.
Nicknamed the Paris by the sea, Deauville enchants with its dynamism blended with an evocative retro setting.
Perfect for relaxing and strolling, the Deauville seaside resort also offers surprising discoveries such as the Planches de la promenade, the Barrière casino or the flowery city centre.
Deauville is particularly known for its sandy beach, about two kilometres long: it is a windswept shoreline, ideal for those who enjoy water sports such as paddle boarding or windsurfing.
Deauville beach is one of the most photographed sights in Normandy, thanks to its colourful parasols in five colours: green, red, orange, yellow and blue.
This singular type of beach umbrella, which is only produced in this area, was designed in 1875: the umbrella when opened looks like a tent, to shelter holidaymakers from the wind, while in the evening it is closed again with a large knot. Initially the fabrics were striped in pastel colours, a pattern that was later abandoned in favour of solid colours. Today they have become the symbol of Deauville.
Another symbol of the city are Deauville’s wooden cabins and platforms. Positioned between the port and the end of the beach in the 1920s, the Planches de Deauville were designed so that aristocratic ladies could enjoy the beach air without getting their shoes and clothes dirty.
This long promenade on wooden footbridges is over 650 metres long and was built in 1923 by the architect of the Pompeian Baths bathing establishment.
The 450 Art Deco-style cabins are part of the city’s identity. Some were built directly on the beach, others on the boulevard and some are equipped with covered pools: they colour the promenade with their doors in soft pastel shades.
The cabins are bordered by wooden barriers, on which are engraved the names of famous American actors and directors who have participated in the American Film Festival. This original initiative was started in 1987 by the city’s mayor, Anne d’Ornano. You can enjoy reading the names of famous American celebrities, including Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Micheal Douglas and many others.
The Coteau district is the old Deauville: it was once a simple village of a few houses, surrounded by marshes. Then it became the residence of wealthy Frenchmen, who had magnificent houses built there dating back to the Belle Epoque period.
Don’t miss the Saint-Laurent church, declared a historical monument, and the numerous old buildings such as Villa Strassburger, one of the most beautiful and imposing Norman-style villas, now owned by the town. The estate was built by Baron de Rothschild at the beginning of the 20th century and amazes its visitors with the splendour of its architecture and its neo-Norman style in the heart of a beautiful wooded park.
The beating heart of the city is Place Morny, a lively place, especially on market days. Before stocking up on regional products, you can observe the statue of the Duke of Morny, founder of the seaside resort.
Not far away is also the Deauville Town Hall, with its neo-Norman architecture, particularly its half-timbered façades.
The most charming villas are located on Boulevard Cornuché and the market square: in this area there are many narrow streets dotted with half-timbered houses, the casino and the prestigious hotels of the old town.
Facing an almost 800-metre-long breakwater, Port-Deauville unfolds with a succession of picturesque dwellings dedicated to sailors or yachtsmen. The buildings communicate using walkways, similar to the passages that run alongside a ship.
The port also offers a magnificent panorama of the Normandy coast. To fully enjoy your walks, it is a good idea to find out about the tides and the opening times of the port (about sixteen hours a day).
The Pont des Belges connects Deauville to Trouville, passing over the Touques river.
History buffs will not miss this place of remembrance: in 1944, the Belgian Piron brigade liberated Deauville (on 22 August) while German troops took refuge in Trouville. During the retreat, the Germans bombed the original bridge, causing the death of some soldiers.
Separated from Deauville only by a bridge, Trouville is a pretty fishing village with just over 4000 inhabitants.
Trouville is a town full of charm and little flowery alleyways. The town is partly built on high ground and you will find a multitude of staircases leading from one level to the next, giving you a few vantage points along the way from which to admire a splendid view of the sea.
The port of Trouville is located in the heart of the town: you can admire some thirty fishing boats at rest, moored at the quays. During low tide, the bed of the Touques empties, the boats run aground and the seagulls come to peck at the muddy bottom, full of small fish trapped there.
Also not to be missed is the arrival of the boats with the catch of the day: a colourful and picturesque daily ritual, where you can also buy and taste fresh fish on the spot, such as oysters.
Alternatively, we recommend a visit to the Fish Market, where you can discover all the flavours of the sea according to the seasons: scallops, mackerel, sole, cod and shellfish. The market is located on Boulevard Fernand Mourceaux, open every Wednesday and Sunday from 08:00 to 13:00. You can buy the fish of the day and taste it right on the spot, accompanied by a glass of white wine.
A beautiful walk for breathtaking photographs is the one that leads to the iconic red Trouville lighthouse, at the end of a wooden walkway in the middle of the sea: from here you have a beautiful view of the city and the bay.
The best time to admire the lighthouse is at sunset, when the bay is tinged with fiery red.
The large beach of Trouville is worth a long walk: crowned as the Queen of the Northern Beaches, it presents itself to visitors as a long tongue of sand and shells, 1200 metres long.
Directly on the shoreline is a sequence of magnificent period villas, built between 1860 and 1880.
In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article
Deauville and Trouville are two very popular resorts, especially among Parisians, who choose them as a destination for a rejuvenating weekend break, especially in spring and summer. In fact, on weekends between April and September, it is necessary to book well in advance.
Deauville’s central district is very lively, full of shops and restaurants, while the area around the Hippodrome and the old villas on the heights are ideal for those seeking peace and quiet, just a 10-minute walk from the town centre.
This refined town on the Cote Fleurie, overlooking the sea, is located in the heart of the Calvados department.
Deauville is very close to the French capital: it is only 2 hours from Paris, which is easily reached by taking the A13 motorway for about 200 km.
To get an idea of the distances, Deauville and Trouville are 45 km from Caen, 89 km from Rouen, 45 km from Le Havre and 173 km from Mont Saint-Michel.
For those wishing to reach Deauville by train, there is a direct line between Paris Saint-Lazare station and Trouville – Deauville station with daily connections.
The Bus Verts du Calvados line connects several towns in Normandy with Deauville:
On the other hand, the BlaBlaBus company guarantees daily trips between Paris and Deauville: the travel company offers a direct connection to Paris Porte Maillot.
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Deauville and Trouville are two small towns on the picturesque Cote Fleurie in the Calvados department of Normandy.