They say a little healthy competition increases quality, and this certainly holds true in regards to Normandy’s two most extravagant towns. There is a charming contrast between the swanky promenade of Deauville and the traditional village atmosphere of its sister town Trouville. And while each would argue in its own favour, you really can’t have one without the other.
Both northern France towns are great places to lose yourself in, whether via a stroll through the markets along Trouville’s Pont des Belges or among the hundreds of bright umbrellas on the stunning Etablissements de la Plage et de la Mer. Then it’s time to lose some money at the Deauville-Clairefontaine Racecourse, before crossing over and losing more at the Casino Barriére Trouville. But we promise that whatever you lose in Deauville-Trouville, you’ll have no hesitation about coming back to reclaim it.
Deauville-Trouville's Top 10
10. Trails From the centre of town two 7km (4.3mi) and 11km (6.8mi) trails lead you into the heart of the countryside.
5. Watersports The coast of Deauville-Trouville has a plethora of aquatic adventures to be had, from jet skiing to kayaking.
9. Casino de Deauville This Louis XVI-styled casino is one of Deauville’s top choices for the town’s chic clientele.
4. Côte Baigneurs For an afternoon full of culture, tag along on a literary walk guided by actors in full period attire.
8. Aquarium Meander through the underwater menagerie at this treasure trove of marine wildlife.
3. Gulf Stream The best way to explore the shores of Deauville-Trouville is via a ride on this fantastic cruise.
7. Mini Golf Trouville Check out the 18-hole mini-golf course if you’re not up to teeing off with the big boys.
2. Casino Barriére Try your hand at cards, roulette or one of the 225 slot machines that are crammed into this outstanding casino.
6. The Beach Tennis Club Sunshine, sea and serving up an ace make the game, set and match of things to do in Deauville-Trouville.
1. Villa Montebello Situated on a hillside overlooking the sea, this villa-turned-museum has an excellent collection of contemporary French art.
- Promenade des Planches – A famous boardwalk that was built during the 1920s in Trouville.
- Villa Strassburger – A Belle Epoque villa that has an interior that was decorated in the 1920s and is open to the public.
- Maison Eugene-Boudin – A half-timbred house that was built specifically for Eugene Boudin.
- Chateau de Saint-Germain-de-Livet – Another half-timbred manor house built in the normal style.
- Casino Berriere – One of the most luxurious resorts in France was built in 1859.
Deauville-Trouville Art & Culture
- Museum of Trouville – An art and history museum that contains exhibits displaying the history of this seaside resort.
- Trouville Aquarium and Reptile House – See the many freshwater animals that live in the area, as well as a range of insects and reptiles.
- Villa Montebello – This museum in Trouville contains works by Andre Hamburg, Charles Mozin and Raymond Savignac.
- Sea & Desert Museum – Contains more than 500 plants and 2,000 shells in reconstructed natural environments.
- Honfluer – An old fishing port located at the mouth of the river known as the birthplace of impressionist painting.
- Rue Eugene-Colas – A boutique-lined street offering some of the most elegant merchandise in the world.
- Marche Publique – A farmers’ market open from July to the end of September selling poultry, cheese, wine, vegetables and more.
- La Cave de Deauville – Offers a wide selection of apple ciders, pommeau and Calvados.
- Rue du General-de-Gaule – A street in Trouville that contains everyday shops such as hardware stores and food outlets.
- Quai Fernand-Moureaux – One of the main shopping streets.
Gay & Lesbian Deauville-Trouville
- Merville-France-Ville – About 24 miles from Deauville, this is the only gay and nude beach in the area.
- No Stress Pressoir – A gay-friendly accommodation that is described as a beautiful and peaceful place to rest.
- Les Parcs Fontaines – There are five rooms available at this gay-friendly accommodation located in a small castle.
- Casino de Deauville – One of the premier casinos of France.
- Y-club – A dance club that is high energy with dancing all night long.
- Hippodrome de Deauville-La Toques – Spend the day at the horse races.
- Plage de Trouville – Spend the day sunning yourself at the beach, the only one in Trouville.
- Vaches Noires – Spend the morning exploring the grey marl and chalk rocks that surround the sea.
- Deauville Tourist train – Enjoy a 35-minute ride on a miniature railway that offers beautiful scenery of the coast.
- Boucles de la Seine Normande – Trouville’s park with plenty of nature to explore.
- Take a horseback ride along the beach, offered by the Poney Club.
- Rent a boat from Club Nautique de Trouville and spend time sailing the river.
- Spend the day swimming at the Piscine de Trouville, when the beach gets very crowded or the weather is hot.
- Play of watch polo at the Hippodrome de Deauville Clairefontaine, which offers polo matches most afternoons during the summer.
- Play a round of golf at one of the four golf courses found around Trouville, such as the Golf de Houlgate Beuzeval.
For a theatrical hit, head to Deauville-Trouville in July for the Literature, Bridge Between the Arts Festival.
Keep your French dictionary handy for the Off-Courts Festival in early September. This short-film fiesta is one of Trouville’s biggest boasts.
If you’re more of a mainstream moviegoer, hit up the annual Festival du Cinema Americain in September.
Soak up sunshine and check out the beautiful women running besides the sea at The Trouvillaise in September.
All of Normandy celebrates the Autumn Festival in November. In Deauville-Trouville, over 60 performances make leaf-covered streets a lot more exciting.
When To Go
- From November to March, Deauville-Trouville is decidedly chilly – averaging around 5ºC (41ºF).
- Autumn and spring are mild and pleasant.
- Summer is peak tourist season – better weather, but vastly more visitors.
- The train is a great way of getting along the coast.
- Buses do run in town, but services are infrequent and not that extensive.
- The best way to both get around and soak up the atmosphere is to walk!
The Calvados department of France is famous the world over for the eponymous apple brandy - popular as a bistro digestif - cider, butter and cheese. Needless to say, agriculture dominates the regional economy. What better way then, to enjoy the fruits of Calvados than to visit Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer. The twin towns on the English Channel share a long history as a fashionable holiday resort destination, with backdrop roles in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie. Both Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent had summer homes in Deauville and Irish billionaire Sir Anthony O'Reilly maintains a lavish estate in the area.
The grand, old school Casino de Deauville was the inspiration for Ian Fleming's first James Bond installment, Casino Royale. In many ways, while the Deauville-Trouville area is much more of a mass market holiday resort that in the bygone glamor era, the Calvados communes still exude an air of affluence and class. Worthwhile points of interest include Villa Strassburger, Trouville Aquarium and Reptile House and Deauville-Clairefontaine Racecourse.
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Deauville-Trouville has a temperate marine climate, with four mild seasons.
- Winter (December to February) 3-8°C
- Spring (March to May) 4-13°C
- Summer (June to September) 10-18°C
- Fall (October to November) 6-13°C
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