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Deauville is a town found in the Calvados department of the Basse-Normandie region. Established in 1860 on the English Channel, it is considered one of the most prestigious seaside towns in France. Despite being 120 miles away from the capital, it has been fondly nicknamed the 21st Arrondissement (district) of ParisAn elegant place, the renowned town of Deauville is an international hotspot with its palaces, casinos ( the prestigious casino Deauville), its large villas, some of which that were built during the Belle Époque (the “Beautiful Era”). Its golf courses, racecourse and fine sandy beach, spotted with multicoloured parasols and sun beds, attract tourists from all over the world. The famous walk by the sea, called Les Planches (“The Planks”), with its numerous bars and restaurants, stretches out for around half a mile. It is bordered with bathing huts that date back from the 1920’s, each bearing the name of a Hollywood movie star who has attended the Deauville American Film Festival. This festival, founded in 1975, occurs in September, when Deauville becomes a fantastically exciting place, which has been known to welcome such superstars as Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, George Clooney, Liz Taylor, Julia Roberts and Harrison Ford. Since its beginning, the town has been a popular place for writers and artists like Gustave Flaubert and Sacha Guitry, and for celebrities such as Aga Khan and Rita Hayworth. It is here in 1913 that Coco Chanel opened her 2nd boutique in the Hôtel Normandy, introducing a revolutionary style for the time. Deauville is on the Côte Fleurie, along with Trouville, Honfleur and Cambourg. In the hinterland, the seaside countryside has an abundance of half-timbered houses and thatched cottages surrounded by green pasture and flowering apple trees. now offers a visit to the centre of Deauville during a new excursion deal Normandy : between Earth and Sea.

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