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Deauville

Deauville, the jewel of la Côte Fleurie, has become an international reference, a meeting place both for stars of the silver screen and devoted race goers.

 

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Deauville is a glamorous seaside resort which has plenty to offer all year round. It is home to the American Film Festival and various international polo and horse-racing events. It is often frequented by stars who enjoy its traditional glamorous atmosphere but modern facilities. Deauville, together with Trouville and Cabourg, provides the basis for the Norman coastal resort of Balbec in Marcel Proust's "Search for Lost Time", and there are many references to the famous intellectual around the town.
 
This sophisticated town of elegant distractions and good taste knows how to extend a welcome, and there is certainly something for everyone here. A long-time favourite with yachtsmen, the internationally-renowned sea resort offers a stylish appeal to visitors, with its fine hotels, casino and sea bathing establishment. The famous 700 yard-long wooden promenade provides an amazing spectacle, with its expanse of multi-coloured parasols behind which the constant play of sunshine on ever-moving clouds and water creates an impressionist back-drop. Deck-chairs and beach huts are the indispensable accessories for admiring this picture, which takes on a new dimension during the annual American film festival.  Each year the International Centre creates a rich program that fully justifies the resort's claim to be a first-rank cultural centre. At the same time, Deauville is a magnet to equestrian fans from all over the world, with its horse races and stud farms that attract enthusiasts and laymen alike. 

Virtual tour of Deauville


 

Travel News

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There are now direct flights from London City Airport to Deauville-Normandie Airport with CityJet. This is a regular service throughout 2013 with 2 flights a week on a Friday and a Sunday: ideal for a romantic break à deux. The summer service is available from 22 July to 28 August 2013 with an additional flight on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Worth seeing   

 

  •  The International Centre : Inaugurated in 1992, the Deauville International Centre is local window on the world - and also a technological feat, buried several yards underground to protect the landscape, whose hi-tech equipment is designed to serve as a platform for the most sumptuous events.

  • The racecourse : Built in 1864 by the Duke de Morny, the father of modern Deauville and a great racing enthusiast, the racecourse is used both in winter and summer.  Three polo fields in the middle of the course regularly receive the best teams in the world.

  • Elie de Brignac auction rooms : Although its covered amphitheatre is now also used as a theatre, this remains the last horse auction establishment in Deauville. A truly surprising place.

  • "La Breloque", the house of Eugène Boudin  : The Honfleur-born pioneer of Impressionism made Normandy's skies famous. He particularly liked the light of the Deauville coast, and chose to end his days in this mansion overlooking the sea.
     
  • The Villa Strassburger : This remarkable house, classified as an historical monument in 1975, was built in 1907 by Baron Henri de Rothschild and purchased by the American millionaire Ralph-Beaver Strassburger in 1924. It is the archetype of Augeron manors, with its ground floor in a check pattern of bricks and dressed stone, and its half-timbered upper floor.

  • The Casino : The present casino, ranking among the best in Europe, is on the site of the first casino, opened in 1864. Its lights have been illuminating the sea front since 1912, and are a majestic reminder of the splendour of 18th century festivities.

  • Sea bathing establishment : built in 1923, the establishment is an elegant complex of galleries and atriums, and fountains decorated with mosaics. This is where you may rent one of the legendary parasols or relax on deckchairs and in beach huts. 

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