Located in the heart of Normandy, between the sea and the countryside, Deauville, a small town with a population of only 4,500, but of international reputation is one of those rare seaside resorts that can be enjoyed all year round. With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, and Grand Casino, Deauville is regarded as the “Queen of the Norman beaches” and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France. The town is twinned with the horse-racing centres of Lexington in the USA and Kildare in Eire, with the sailing town of Cowes in the UK, and with the small Lower Saxon town of Eicklingen in Germany.
As the closest seaside resort to Paris, the city and its region of the Côte Fleurie (Flowery Coast) has long been home to French high society’s seaside houses which is often referred to as the Parisian Riviera. Since the 19th century, the town of Deauville has been a fashionable holiday resort.
Deauville was occupied by German Soldiers in World War I and World War II, During World War I, wounded soldiers would be cared for in Deauville’s famous hotels and casino. Unfortunately, the war also took a heavy toll on Deauville’s blossoming market and trade sector as merchants were forced to give many of their products to the war effort.
We stay at the peaceful Campanile Hotel, a modern well-equipped Hotel which is ideally located to explore the fascinating sights of Deauville.
Lots of the buildings in Deauville are a lovely half-timber construction common in Normandy which you will pass as you wonder through to the sea front. The Town has plenty to keep you busy from prestigious horse races, Golf and the Famous Shops. Enjoy the elegant boutiques and restaurants, not forgetting Deauville’s greatest pull, its magnificent beach.
Beach and Gardens
The colourful umbrellas on Deauville’s fine sand beach have become a landmark of the town, as has its boardwalk made of exotic wood. The Centre Nautique offers windsurfing, speed sailing, catamarans, sea kayaking, bodysurfing, kite flying and surfing. Watersports including jet-ski and sailing are also available on the Bassin de Plaisance Morny.