If those French literary giants, Flaubert and Proust, approved, Trouville must have style. As to Monet and his Norman master, Boudin, they painted memorable scenes of 19th century bourgeois in their finery promenading along the broad beachfront here. In fact, Trouville was one of the first-ever coastal resorts to be developed in France. Artists may have started the trend for coming here, but by the time of Emperor Napoleon III, from the mid 19th century on, the rich and fashionable flocked to Trouville too. They ordered grand villas and palaces of entertainment, like the glitzy casino.
Trouville casino was built surprisingly close to the lively fishing port, backed by a classic covered fish market, with lively seafood restaurants all around. Scallops, sole, prawns and mackerel are traditional specialities. The lively port area draws the crowds, particularly for the Wednesday and Sunday markets. You’ll also find typical seaside shops.
Wander up the slope into the winding lanes to enjoy the calmer side of Trouville, as well as characterful 19th century architecture. Culture vultures can find their fill in the galleries around town. Back beside the sea, Trouville’s strand was declared ‘Queen of Beaches’ in the past and is still greatly appreciated by bathers and walkers today. Elating trips out to sea or relaxing thalassotherapy sea-water treatements are also on the cards here.
Marguerite Duras, perhaps France’s most famous female writer of the 20th century, was a great cultural figure who became a devotee of Trouville, spending her summers here. She said that everyone she had ever met who had come to the resort for a first time said they dreamt of returning.