Worth a visit - Trouville-sur-mer

Artists and writers have long fallen for Trouville, Deauville’s older sibling. Trouville matches its close rival of a resort for glamorous buildings and villas, for splendid sands and boardwalk, and for cultural attractions, but it also has a vibrant fishing port.

Not to be missed

> The covered fish market: this elegant building dating from 1935 stands out on the quays beside the fishing harbour.

La plage et la promenade des planches : les planches datent de 1867 et en font la première promenade de la côte normande.

> Savignac murals and Galerie du Musée: The accomplished humorous poster designer, Raymond Savignac, settled in Trouville and became deeply attached to the resort. He died in 2002. The town has honoured him with a gallery beside the tourist office, plus you can see murals by him dotted around the resort.

> Casino: this unmissable extravaganza of a building has been done up sumptuously inside by leading French designer Jacques Garcia, who has strong ties with Normandy – see the separate entry on his Château du Champ de Bataille.


> The beach and boardwalk: Trouville’s classic boardwalk, so often depicted in paintings, dates from 1867 and was the first created on the Norman coast. It still allows for a very elegant promenade. Today, strolling along here, you can admire both the long sandy beach and the splendid villas and smart coastal blocks built from the second half of the 19th century.

> Musée Villa Montebello: This typical villa was turned into Trouville’s fine arts museum after it was acquired by the town. Along with its classic permanent collections, it hosts temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists.


Not to be missed

  • An internationally renowned resort, Deauville oozes style. Glamorous events abound, from prestigious horse races and polo to the annual Deauville American Film Festival.

  • Ports don’t come any prettier than Honfleur on the Seine’s estuary. Glorious historic houses jostle for position on the quays, as do galleries and restaurants.
  • The religious city of Lisieux draws vast numbers of Catholics. In fact, it is considered the second most important pilgrimage town in France, thanks to its 19th-century saint, Thérèse Martin.