Deauville

Deauville

Who could have told that Deauville would one day become one of the most prestigious beach resorts along the French coast? Until 1858 it really was nothing but a small average farming village in a marshy surrounding area.

The quick change and development was inspired by the Duke of Morny, Napoleon III's half-brother, a politician and a developer, when visiting a friend here in vacation and realizing the potential of this region. Along with another few associates, they decided to create here, in competition with nearby Trouville across the Touques river, a chic and up-scale beach destination, not so far from Paris with the newly built railroad. The development during the Belle Epoque period continued nicely until 1914 with the break-out of the First World War and resumed with the construction of an airport in 1931.

Everything in town is chic and elegant, with numerous beautiful villas, Deauville is always very popular, in particular in the summer. Famous for its palaces and luxurious hotels, its numerous villas, as well as its horse race tracks and its gambling casino, Deauville also attracts visitors around its pleasure boat marina and its golf course. Above all, people enjoy walking the beautiful boardwalk, lined up with beach cabanas named after Hollywood movies stars, along the sandy beach dotted with colorful sun umbrellas.

Its international fame really started first in 1966 with the French movie directed by Claude Lelouche 'A man and a woman' that was awarded 47 prizes. Then in 1975 was created the 'American Film Festival' which gave the town a deserved renewal.