Things to do in Deauville City

Things to do in  Deauville City

L’esprit de Normandy

Golden sands, chic terrace cafés, and an international film festival mean there are plenty of things to do in Deauville, a favorite destination for weekending Parisians. Just two hours from the capital, this elegant Normandy beach resort has been tempting the jet-set since the 1800s, and its timeless charms still hold appeal. The belle époque villas and half-timbered buildings are characteristic of the Côte Fleurie (Flower Coast), but there's no mistaking Deauville's seafront "Les Planches" boardwalk, dotted with colorful parasols and quirky art deco bathing cabins.

All about Deauville City

When to visit

Summer brings vacationers to Deauville, and while the Normandy beach town doesn’t quite have the weather of the south—average highs are around 72°F (22°C)—there are enough sunny days to make the most of its sandy shores. Deauville rolls out the red carpet for its flagship event, the week-long Deauville American Film Festival in September, which always pulls in the crowds.

Getting around

Most visitors arrive by car or train from Paris, but once in Deauville, it’s easy to get around on foot. The small town is compact enough that everything is within strolling distance. If you want to explore further, you can always make like a local and rent a bike. There’s no public transport in Deauville, but you can hop on the passenger ferry to reach neighboring Trouville, and Bus Verts connect with other "Flower Coast" towns.

Traveler tips

A relatively new cultural hub in Deauville, Les Franciscaines opened its door in 2021. Housed in a restored Franciscan convent, it’s a museum, gallery, and cultural venue all rolled into one, where you can discover Deauville’s history, admire the collection of André Hambourg paintings, or check out the latest temporary exhibitions. The annual Planches Contact photography festival, held in fall, is another highlight.


People Also Ask

Is Deauville, France worth visiting?

Definitely visit Deauville if you like people watching. And even if you don’t spot real-life celebrities on your trip, you can find their names in a star on the celebrity boardwalk. History buffs can also visit the site of the D-Day landings just 45 minutes down the coast.

What is Deauville, France known for?

Deauville’s claims to fame are as long as the Hollywood credits of the town’s celebrity boardwalk. Deauville is known for hedonism, wealth, and celebrity clientele. Among its high points are

Is there a beach in Deauville?

It’s not just any beach in Deauville—it’s a beach embellished with the names of Hollywood stars. Walking along Deauville’s boardwalk is a journey through cinema history. The beach cabins, parasols, and regularly parading horses and trap carts showcase the town’s heyday at the start of the 20th century.

Is Deauville posh?

Yes, Deauville is very posh. It’s so popular with holidaying Parisians, that it’s often referred to as Paris’ 21st arrondissement. The seafront is lined with casinos and golf courses, and it’s famous for horse races.

Who made Deauville so famous?

Of all the celebrities who frequented Deauville, none shaped it quite like Coco Chanel. Deauville was where she launched her career as a fashion designer, moving from making hats to clothing. The second shop she opened was in Deauville, alongside her then-lover, Boy Capel, the English polo player.

Why is Deauville called the 21st arrondissement?

Paris has 20 arrondissements, or districts, and Deauville is so popular with visiting Parisians that it’s often called the 21st. It was founded by Napoleon III’s half brother, the Duke of Morny, in the mid-19th century on land reclaimed from the swamp and attracted moneyed visitors from the start.

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