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The Côte Fleurie

The Côte Fleurie, a coast so chic!

Dotted with great names such as Cabourg and Deauville, the Côte Fleurie in Calvados offers a medley of invigorating sea air, elegant architecture and a hint of luxury that have a long time charmed outdoor enthusiasts and romantic spirits alike.

©Honfleur Normandy Outlet
©Honfleur Normandy Outlet

What's new in Honfleur: a designer outlet

The Normandy Outlet designer village in Honfleur, to the east of the Côte Fleurie, once more highlights the great attractiveness of Calvados, where elegance rimes with accessibility.

Judge for yourself: just a stone's throw from the A13 motorway that runs through Normandy, the site is already home to over twenty fine brand names, and will soon host around 90 sales areas, offering great bargains in last year's designer collections!

The site is open 7 days a week and offers 800 parking spaces and even a tourist information office!

Villas sur la Côte Fleurie ©L.Durand
Villas sur la Côte Fleurie ©L.Durand

The finest towns along the Côte Fleurie

Cabourg, the quintessentially romantic beach. For you to fully appreciate all its qualities, you really need to take a late afternoon stroll along the beach, from where you can admire the sumptuous Belle Époque villas that line the foreshore. Just like Houlgate, just a few miles away  – another truly colourful seaside resort: two friends and neighbours, both proud to be among the cream of the Côte Fleurie!

Façades à Villers-sur-Mer ©L.Durand
Façades à Villers-sur-Mer ©L.Durand

 

And the most fascinating way to head for the charming family resort of Villers-sur-Mer is via the beach and the Black Cow Cliffs, where you just need to bend over to collect some fine fossils.

Plage de Deauville ©P.LeBris
Plage de Deauville ©P.LeBris

And if you head eastwards, you'll find Deauville. They call it the high-society destination... Yet, Deauville is simply a resort that shines like the many stars it welcomes. From its seafront promenade (and its famous 'Planches' boardwalk), its immense sandy beach and the fine stylish establishments that run along its shores, one could almost forget that it is also one of the leading meeting places for horse lovers, offering an essential link between the seafront and the Pays d'Auge countryside.

Trouville-sur-Mer ©V.Rustuel
Trouville-sur-Mer ©V.Rustuel

Deauville's twin sister, Trouville-sur-Mer, attracts just as many visitors: its Belle Époque charm and its narrow streets seem to conceal some well-kept secret... And as you walk along its central avenue, amidst the many fine restaurants, you can admire the hundred-year-old casino in the distance, and the splendid Cures Marines hotel and spa that stands opposite the vast sandy beach, so popular among visitors who appreciate wide, open spaces.

Port de Honfleur ©D.Vonpelchrzim - Leica
Port de Honfleur ©D.Vonpelchrzim - Leica

Between Trouville and Honfleur, simply lose yourself on the immense beach boasted by the small town of Villerville, a discreet village, where cinema is a way of life: it served as the set for the French film 'Un singe en hiver' (A Monkey in Winter) starring Jean Gabin and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Finally, to the very east of Calvados, take a plunge into the Middle Ages, in the heart of historic Honfleur: this fine, 1,000 year-old city has preserved striking vestiges of its illustrious past. Its wooden church, with separate spire. Unique in France! Its marina, in the very heart of the town, lined with narrow and colourful terraced buildings. A marvel for photographers! Honfleur is, without a doubt, 'a harbour like no other'.

Houlgate ©Sentucq
Houlgate ©Sentucq