Deauville Destination Guide
This seaside town is only two hours from Paris and is famous for its ‘high society’ image with luxurious hotels and prestigious establishments. Deauville is often referred to as the Parisian Riviera.
The race course (Hippodrome Deauville La Touques), luxury shops, Casino Barriere de Deauville, extravagant festivities and International Film Festival and Jazz Festival are just a few of the things that consequently make Deauville so popular. There are pristine sandy beaches, and plenty of sporting activities to keep you busy. These include horse riding along the beach at low tide, playing golf, water sports and also tennis.
Authentic French markets are held three mornings a week, stocking everything from organic fruit and vegetables to spices, cheese and olives. The Marche aux Poissons is the place to go if you like fresh oysters, mussels and other seafood. You can buy raw or cooked, which you can subsequently enjoy at one of the tables outside.
Built in 1865, the Musee Villa Montabello houses impressionist works of art, historical photographs and occasionally has temporary exhibitions. You can also take a leisurely stroll down the famous promenade, Les Planches. Here you will find quaintly painted beach huts and well-known celebrity names written on the changing cabins. The sailing school is revered, with events and regattas taking place throughout the year. This undoubtedly draws in sailors and tourists from all over the world.
You could visit the neighbouring Trouville. Although it is a little more casual and less glitzy there are some lovely restaurants and seaside cafes. If you don’t mind a drive (78 km), you could go see the Bayeux Tapestry in Bayeux. It was made in the UK but is housed in the museum and quite a thing to behold.
Not too far from here are the landing beaches from the Second World War. There is a spectacular memorial on Omaha beach including the statue, “Spirit of American Youth Rising From the Waves” and a landing museum.
Deauville-Normandy Airport is located just 7 km from the city. Most towns and cities have a good network of TGV trains.
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