Deauville travel guide

About Deauville

Deauville in Normandy is a glamorous town on the Côte Fleurie ('flowery coast'), famous for horse racing and its international cultural festivals.

Extremely popular in the 'la belle époque' ('the beautiful era') of the late 1800s until the start of World War 1, Deauville exudes old-fashioned elegance. With luxury fashion brands, many art galleries, furniture and antiques shops, and food shops selling delicious local Normandy produce, you are spoilt for choice. Spend some time walking along the promenade of Deauville's beautiful beach, bursting with the bright colours of the famous sun umbrellas. Or, spend some money in the exclusive Barrière Casino, where patrons must be well-dressed to get into the gambling rooms. The casino also plays host to the American Film Festival held in Deauville every September. 

Deauville is renowned for hosting a multitude of festivals throughout the year, on cinema, music, books, and sailing. Sample some tasty Normandy cheeses in the local shops, or sit down in one of Deauville's 40 restaurants of varying sizes where you'll find rustic traditional food on the menu made from creams and butters, locally caught mussels, scallops and oysters, and succulent veal, all washed down with some excellent local cider. Nearby you'll find some other fantastic seaside towns including Deauville's sister town, Trouville. The Normandy capital of Caen is less than an hour away, full of culture and history with the resting place of William the Conqueror in his majestic Abbaye aux Hommes.

Why visit Deauville?

  • Horse Racing
  • The Beach
  • Cultural Festivals
  • The Architecture


  • Country: France
  • Region: Normandy
  • Department: Calvados
  • Population: 4,000
  • Coordinates: 49.40025,0.068665

Coordinates shown are based on the WGS84 system, please check driving directions before departing.

Places to visit nearby

Trouville in Normandy is both a charming seaside resort and a picturesque fishing village all in one!

Honfleur is a charming seaside town immediately recognisable by its tall narrow buildings - which look as though they've been squeezed into the streets!

After serious devastation during the WW2 bombings, Le Havre has risen phoenix-like from the ashes to become a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site for its post-war architecture.

Nearby attractions

Deauville is famous for horse racing with one of France's largest racehorse training centres and 50% of the winners in French horse races and equestrian sports were born, bred and trained in the region.

Built by Georges Wydo in 1912, the architecture of the Casino takes its inspiration from 18th century building including the Petit Trianon and the opera house of the château of Versailles.

Enjoy a walk along Deauville's wooden promenade, where the aristocracy of yesteryear once walked while taking the sea air. Made of ekki or eba, a species of wood that is said to be resistant to rot and decay, the boardwalk...