Worth a visit - Deauville

An internationally renowned resort, Deauville oozes style. Glamorous events abound, from prestigious horse races and polo to the annual Deauville American Film Festival. Golf and thalassotherapy sea-water pamperings are easily to hand. Enjoy the elegant hotels, boutiques and restaurants, not forgetting Deauville’s greatest pull, its magnificent beach.

Not to be missed in Deauville

> Le Centre International de Deauville (CID) : Inaugurated in 1992, this state-of-the-art centre hosts major events and conferences. Its architecture is quite a technological feat, buried several yards underground to protect the landscape.

> Hippodrome Deauville-la-Touques: The older of Deauville’s two celebrated racecourses, the central Hippodrome Deauville-la-Touques was built in 1864 with the support of the Duke de Morny, a great racing enthusiast. The racecourse has been modernised in recent times and stages prestigious races 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 the covered amphitheatre here is now also used as a theatre, this remains the last horse auction establishment in Deauville and a truly surprising place.

> « la Breloque » : The house of Normandy artist 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 spend his later years in this mansion overlooking the sea.

> The villa Strassburger : This remarkable house, listed as a historic monument in 1975, was built in 1907 by Baron Henri de Rothschild and purchased by the American millionaire Ralph-Beaver Strassburger in 1924. It reflects the archetypal manor of the Pays d’Auge, its ground floor built with a mix of chequered-patterned bricks and dressed stone, its upper floor half-timbered.

 

> The Casino : This Belle Epoque casino, ranked among the leading establishments of its kind in Europe, stands 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 that period’s festivities.

> L'établissement des bains de mer (Sea bathing establishment): Built beside the central beach in 1923, this establishment comprises an elegant complex of galleries and atriums, plus fountains decorated with mosaics. Here, you can hire one of Deauville’s legendary parasols or relax on deckchairs and in beach huts.

Pôle international du Cheval : At the centre of this new, state-of-the-art equestrian centre dedicated to the equestrian arts at the highest level is a covered arena where international competitions are held.