Gigi Veccia

Every morning on the beaches of inDeauville, horses enjoy the benefits of seawater and relax after training, racing or competition. A thalasso that is highly beneficial to their well-being. An unforgettable sight to behold from a distance, in the early hours of the morning or at sunset in the evening.
In Deauville, Bénerville-sur-Mer, Tourgéville and Villers-sur-Mer, riders and horses may access the beach before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. from May to September (no time restrictions the rest of the year). At Blonville-sur-Mer, access is authorized from April 1. In Villerville, horses are not allowed on the beach.

What if you tried it?

Nearby equestrian centers offer rides on the beach. Take the plunge!

Gigi Veccia

Live a gallop on the wet sand

All the horseback rides on the beach here

"When summer comes, I always advise against Deauville for those who like to sleep in, for the lazy ones. Because the morning is dedicated to horses (...). They come out of nowhere, the horses, and cross the sleeping town to reach the long deserted beach, excited as children. The Argentine peticeros, in groups of five or six, drive their emotional polo ponies, criollos with cherry-colored coats, singing an old tune from the Pampa. The apprentice jockeys bring, from the Touques or Clairefontaine racecourses, proud thoroughbreds whose precious backs are protected by a liner. Sometimes even sulkies join the procession by sliding. Finally, from the neighboring clubs - located in Tourgéville, Villerville or Le Brevedent - come the ordinary riders, you, me, for whom a gallop on the wet sand and a piaffe in the sea are a pledge of freedom.


Jérôme Garcin Excerpt from "Cavalier seul" © Editions Gallimard

Contact us:
+33 (0)2 31 14 40 00

Our tourist information offices :

Résidence de l'Horloge
Quai de l'Impératrice Eugénie
14800 Deauville
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Place Jean Mermoz
14640 Villers-sur-Mer
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32 bis avenue Michel d'Ornano
14910 Blonville-sur-Mer
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40 rue du Général Leclerc
14113 Villerville
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20 Place Lemercier
14800 Touques
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Promenade Louis Delamare
(behind the first-aid post)
14800 Tourgéville
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