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By the sea

Seafront treasures and curiosities

Villas, casinos and prestigious hotels: the great wealth and diversity of the Côte Fleurie coast's seafront heritage is best admired by raising your gaze. Take a journey through the various artistic movements since the 1850s as you stroll through this picturesque and emblematic coastal setting.

Three finest seafront villas

©BenJPhoto-FestivalRomantique
©BenJPhoto-FestivalRomantique

The Grand Hôtel de Cabourg

Its splendidly elegant style, so characteristic of the Belle Époque, dates back to 1907. Marcel Proust was particularly fond of the hotel's room 414, where he regularly stayed: he even mentions it in his famous novel In Search of Lost Time.

The Grand Hôtel de Cabourg ›
©JF.Lange
©JF.Lange

Villa Strassburger

Construction of this splendid property was commissioned by Henri de Rothschild, on a plot of land that once comprised a farm belonging to Gustave Flaubert's family. It was acquired in 1924 by the American billionaire Ralph Strassburger, then bequeathed to the town of Deauville in 1980.

Villa Strassburger ›
©OT Trouville - Tristan Jeanne Vales
©OT Trouville - Tristan Jeanne Vales

Villa Montebello

A museum since 1972, this villa, which is a typical example of the constructions during the Second French Empire, was built in 1866 for the Marchioness of the same name.

Villa Montebello ›

Sites not to miss

Les Planches de Deauville ©Patrice Le Bris
Les Planches de Deauville ©Patrice Le Bris

The 'Planches' boardwalk in Deauville

Created in 1923, this promenade of exotic wood from Madagascar, stretches across the beach over a distance of 643 metres. This coveted and lively site was presented to the world in the film A Man and a Woman directed by Claude Lelouch.

The 'Planches' boardwalk in Deauville ›

Honfleur

Everyone has seen a picture of Honfleur's Old Harbour encircled with its colourful and picturesque houses! But it's just one of the many treasures to be found in Honfleur, where the Place Sainte-Catherine, the Lieutenancy and the Church of St. Stephen offer equal charm.

Honfleur ›

Villerville village centre

Brought to fame by Jean Gabin, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Henri Verneuil who rebaptised the village in Tigreville in the legendary film A Monkey in Winter in 1962, Villerville is certified as one of the 'Characterful Villages in Calvados' and offers exceptional views across the Bay of Seine.

Villerville village centre (In French) ›
Port-en-Bessin ©A.Guérin Lithosphère
Port-en-Bessin ©A.Guérin Lithosphère

Port-en-Bessin

Successively a military bastion, a maritime city, an oil depot, a commercial port and now a scallop fishing port, Port-en-Bessin-Huppain has always pleased over its different roles. This picturesque and authentic harbour town is just 6 miles to the north of Bayeux.

Port-en-Bessin ›

Maison de la Nature visitor centre

A lovely setting for this interpretation centre amidst the natural environment of the surrounding Orne estuary. Themes exhibitions and nature events attract families and nature enthusiasts alike.

Maison de la Nature ›

Cures Marines hotel and spa in Trouville

In the late 19th century, Trouville was a fashionable destination for sea bathing. This site has recently been offered a facelift and a new lease of life.

Cures Marines hotel and spa in Trouville ›

Sensitive natural areas, little corners of untamed paradise, with just enough development for you to appreciate them over a breath of fresh air. Visit area around Omaha Beach, in the vicinity of Colleville-sur-Mer, the final resting place for 9,387 GIs who fell for freedom some 70 years ago. The site is also home to a great variety of natural environments. The Black Cow Cliffs are a major site of interest for geology and palaeontology, whereas the 120 hectares of fresh water marshland around Blonville-sur-Mer and Villers-sur-Mer offer birds a safe and peaceful seafront haven.