Deauville has a reputation for being glamorous. Just a two hour train ride from Paris, the city has been a hotspot for celebrities for years, and it’s no surprise why. Deauville is a town that knows how to look after its guests.
Born in the mid-19 century, the town was created by Napoleon III’s half-brother to be the ideal tourist destination. Luxury hotels, a casino and a world-famous horse track soon followed. Celebrities started a competition to see who could build the biggest, most impressive house in town. These one-of-a-kind mansions give Deauville a truly unique look. With its yacht-school, two marinas and three golf courses the city does cater to an old school style of wealth. However, there are plenty activities for everyone and for every budget.
Whether you are looking to inhale the fresh sea air or relax on the beach, you’ll feel rejuvenated and revitalized after visiting Deauville. After all, the town was specifically designed for it!
Prepare your visit to Deauville
When to visit Deauville
Deauville is a charming destination year-round. If you’re looking to spend time relaxing on the beach, then we do recommend visiting from June to early September. It’s also peak season, so do expect some crowds. There are fewer visitors (and lower prices!) in the spring and fall.
How long is needed to visit Deauville
Deauville has plenty to see, from its cute downtown to imposing casino – and of course the beach. Plan on spending a full day to soak up all that Deauville has to offer. Given its location, easy transportation options to/from Paris and great hotel options, it’s also an ideal base to spend the night and continue your travels.
What should I wear to visit Deauville
During your time in Deauville, we recommend dressing for the season and the activities you plan on doing. The lovely beach stretches for kilometers, so if you’re visiting in the summer make sure to bring your swimsuit. Since it’s on the coast, we also suggest bringing a jacket as it can get cold at night.
What is there to see in Deauville
Deaville’s two kilometer long beach is lined with colorful parasols, placed with military-like precision in the sand. Take a walk along the wooden path that lines the beach to admire the beautiful mansions opposite the ocean. Hire a parasol, deck chair or even a mattress and spend time relaxing on the shore. This is probably one of the most typical activities to do in the city.
Deauville is known throughout France for its race-track and horse racing. Make sure to stop by this city landmark, located above the town. Catch a race or simply enjoy the view. You’ll surely notice the magnificent Villa Strassburger, built at the beginning of the 20th century for Baron Henri de Rothschild.
The city is full of unique, colorful architectural gems. The Hotel Normandy Barriere and the Hotel Royal Barriere are perhaps two of the city’s most iconic buildings. Make sure to stop by to admire the typical Norman architecture. We recommend grabbing a drink at one of them to enjoy the lovely terrace and better take in the beauty of the building.