Deauville : the history of a unique landscape
Deauville is considered one of the most prestigious seaside towns in France, located on the Côte Fleurie, just like Trouville, Honfleur or Touques. In the hinterland, the seaside countryside abounds with half-timbered houses, thatched cottages, in the middle of green pastures and flowering apple trees. Despite being 120 miles away from the capital, it has been fondly nicknamed the 21st Arrondissement (district) of Paris. Paris City Vision proposes you to visit the center of Deauville during its new Normandy excursion between Land and Sea.
The Elegant village, the fame of Deauville is international with its palaces, its casino, its big villas, some of them from the Belle Epoque. The famous seaside promenade, called "Les Planches" - with several bars and restaurants - stretches over 653 meters. It is lined with bathing cabins dating from the 1920s, each bearing the name of one of the Hollywood movie stars who came to the American Festival of Deauville. The latter, founded in 1975, is held every year in September. At the heart of the seaside resort, this festival has welcomed the biggest stars, such as Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, George Clooney, Liz Taylor, Julia Roberts or Harrison Ford. The town has always been appreciated by writers and artists such as Gustave Flaubert, or Sacha Guitry and frequented by famous people such as the Aga Khan and Rita Hayworth. It was here that Coco Chanel opened her second luxury boutique in 1913 in the Normandy Hotel, imposing a revolutionary style for the time. Built at the beginning of the 20th century for Henri de Rosthschild, the Villa Stassburger also perfectly represents this neo-Norman architectural style.
What to do in Deauville
The reputation of Deauville is well established, tourism has developed, leading to the emergence of many hotels to welcome Parisians and other travelers. Discover all the activities to do in this region for your next trip.
The sandy beach that stretches for almost two kilometers will allow you to take a long walk along the seafront. This windy coastline will delight windsurfing and surfing enthusiasts. There is also an aquatic center where you can try your hand at sand yachting or other water sports.
The beach of the flowery coast also offers you horse riding along the sea. The riding centers are open in the morning and evening to accompany you in this unique experience (rides with or without a guide).
Discover the Paléospace de l'Odyssée in Villers-sur-Mer, this museum a few kilometers from the town will please adults and children alike. Explore the Jurassic gallery with the dinosaurs of Normandy or visit the planetarium.
The Deauville La Touques racecourse is a real institution for the locals. If you wish to immerse yourself fully in the local atmosphere, treat yourself to a horse race at this top horse-racing venue. Continue your immersion in the Elie-de-Brignac auction house. This is where the great yearling auctions (English thoroughbred foals) are held. Enjoy the show in its amphitheater-shaped hall.
Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the 100-hectare green. No less than 27 holes on this golf course overlooking the Touques valley. The Admiralty golf course is the only one in Europe where you can practice both day and night.
The various sites of the city reserve you surprising visits. Discover the botanical richness of the different parks of the city such as Calouste Gulbenkian.
The Barrière de Deauville casino opens the doors to games such as poker, roulette and slot machines. This casino is renowned throughout Europe. It is in these places that a stage of the Europan Poker Tour takes place.
Finally, if you are in the city during the American Film Festival (in September), you can visit the CID, Centre International de Deauville, and hope to meet one of the great cinema names. The top advantage of this festival is that, unlike the Cannes Film Festival, the screenings are open to the general public.
The Barrière Casino, the Admiralty golf course, the racecourse, the fine sandy beach with its multicolored umbrellas attract tourists from France and all over the world. If you still have some space left in your schedule, you will undoubtedly enjoy Trouville and Honfleur's surroundings. Numerous sites are waiting for you in this region of France with its picturesque charm: museums, hotels, activities?
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