Well known to Parisians who lack sea air, Deauville and its little sister Trouville are the closest seaside destinations to the capital. They therefore represent the perfect snapshot of the seaside town which is full of Ile-de-France residents during weekends and school holidays. Still, after our weekend in Lille we were looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, and Deauville won.
We quickly understand why Deauville remains the preferred destination for city dwellers looking for fresh air. The authenticity of its half-timbered houses and the quaint charm of the famous promenade mingle with luxury boutiques and palaces, making the city as popular with families as regulars on Avenue Montaigne.
What to do during a weekend in Deauville?
It’s all the beauty of Deauville, you can do a lot of things there as very little, and always have a good time. A multitude of activities are available to day vacationers, but the best are to enjoy the surroundings. During our visit in early November, we enjoyed this bubble of calm and simple pleasures.
Walk on the beach
It’s still the city’s first attraction: a huge beach almost 2 km long, and wide as the Normandy coastline knows how to do. At the mercy of the tides, it is pleasant to walk around and listen to the (icy) water making the shell debris sing.
In the summer season, photographers can have fun immortalizing the famous Deauvillais knot parasols. For us, it will be next time!
Walk the boards of Deauville
It is also possible to enjoy the sea view from the boardwalk, the famous boards of Deauville. Dating from 1922, the promenade transports you to an Art Deco universe with its Pompeii baths, and above all these famous beach huts named after the stars who participated in the Deauville American film festival.
Take a bike ride
Deauville and its surroundings offer beautiful bike rides with fairly flat terrain. Get on your bicycle for a short ride along the beach, then go up to the small town of Saint-Arnoult. Perhaps you will have the chance to visit the Villa Strassburger, a magnificent typically Norman residence from the beginning of the 20th century. Guided tours are organized from June to September, but you can admire it from the outside at any time of the year.
Try your luck at the casino
A craving for a slot machine? The Deauville casino is a very beautiful building which offers numerous slot machines, as well as a space dedicated to table games and a very pleasant bar with live music. However, it is clear that the establishment is crowded on Saturday evening, and that the players are not pretending! It was impossible for us to play black jack because the starting bet was too high. If you are a poker fan, the Deauville casino hosts Deauville Poker Week every year.
Where to eat during a weekend in Deauville?
Deauville and Trouville do not lack good addresses of all styles and for all budgets. Here is a selection of 3 good tables that we tested during our stay, all located in Trouville.
Trouville fish market
The simplest things are often the best. By far the most delicious experience of our time, the Trouville fish market offers much more than a meal, but a whole experience. First, we pass by the small bakery and the mini-market opposite to buy bread and butter, which will accompany your gueuleton. Then, we joyfully discover the stalls of the different fishmongers on the market, each more appetizing than the other. When you have found your happiness, the fishmonger installs you on a small high table and cooks your selection directly, accompanied by homemade mayonnaise in walnut oil and a glass of wine, all in a friendly atmosphere composed of tourists, but also regulars. And if you needed another reason to discover the market, know that these little jewels of iodine will not make your addition salty! The prices charged are extremely reasonable.
The Augustine Pavilion
Blow of heart for this restaurant located near the casino of Trouville. Perfect location with terrace overlooking the water, friendly service and above all delicious and refined cuisine. A must during your weekend in Deauville.
The Market Table
Tasty cuisine made from local products and at a very reasonable price. Only downside, the portions could be more generous.
Where to sleep for a weekend in Deauville?
For this time, we completely fell for (in my opinion), nothing less than the best hotel in town. The Barrière Le Royal Hotel boasts an adorably retro style and a relaxed, family atmosphere. The services offered are simply perfect: loan of bicycles, spa, swimming pool, royal breakfast, caring staff…. The price of this establishment is certainly high, but it is possible to find interesting offers on the eve of its annual closure, at the beginning of November.
And you, have you ever spent a weekend in Deauville or Trouville? Do not hesitate to give us your opinion on these cities, or other good addresses!
If you are more reasonable than us, there are many accommodation options, from the most economical to the most luxurious. If you are using Airbnb for the first time, I will give you a reduction of 25 € passing through here!
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