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inDeauville, a resort area

Nourished by many influences, inDeauville conceals a wide variety of architectural genres born from the creation of seaside resorts and the fashion for sea bathing in the XNUMXth century. Villas, mansions or chalets are often surprising and heterogeneous, sometimes they are true masterpieces. Its elegant constructions, built at the discretion of the owners in order to show their social and personal success, testify to the creativity and imagination of the architects. All styles come together, mix, create: Norman, English, Scandinavian, Gothic, Moorish, historicist… This unique heritage gives the territory an original, distinctive and precious charm, to be discovered along the streets.

Where it all began

Immerse yourself in seawater once a day, but never more than 10 minutes!

Originally, sea bathing was only taken under a medical prescription. It was only from the beginning of the XNUMXth century with the creation of specialized establishments, in England and then in France, that they became a fashion. However, it was not until the middle of the century and the development of the path of iron for the craze to take hold. With developers scenting for a good deal, seaside resorts emerge in a few years, either built from scratch or established from existing cities. Family or social, they include all the amenities intended for vacationers: bathing establishments to take advantage of the benefits of sea water, dyke or beach promenade to observe and show off, casino for entertainment, large hotels and villas for to accommodate and receive.

The inDeauville seaside resorts?

Villers-sur-Mer at the beginning of the 1856th century brought together several hamlets. The city turned into a full-fledged seaside resort from XNUMX.
Originally, Deauville was a small village on the Coteau which then dominates the marshes below. In 1859, a crazy gamble led to draining the marsh to build an ideal seaside resort.
Until the middle of the 1862th century, Bénerville-sur-Mer, Blonville-sur-Mer, Tourgéville and Villerville were essentially rural villages, living off breeding, agriculture and fishing. The expansion and intensive urbanization of the "seaside revolution", added to the opening of a coastal road in XNUMX between Honfleur and Cabourg, gave birth to these neighboring resorts to accommodate vacationers looking for a place to rest and of contact with nature.

A protected and valued creativity

Aware of the exceptional heritage quality of their city and anxious to preserve it, Deauville and Villers-sur-Mer developed in the early 2000s a Protection Zone for Architectural, Urban and Landscape Heritage (ZPPAUP), which in 2015 became an Area of Enhancement of Architecture and Heritage (AVAP), integrating recommendations for sustainable development and expanding the scope. These regulations determine the methods of protection and enhancement of the built heritage and the natural heritage. They support and guide renovation, modification or construction projects in order to safeguard the old habitat and to open our eyes to quality new construction, in harmony with the spirit of the place.

In Deauville, 555 buildings have been brought to light, including nearly 300 villas dating from the end of the XNUMXst and the beginning of the XNUMXth century.

In Villers-sur-Mer, 650 buildings have been listed, including 340 dating from the end of the XNUMXth and beginning of the XNUMXth century.

DeauvilleSandrine Boyer Engel
Villers-sur-MerDelphine Barré Lerouxel

Bibliography

- "At the Apogee of the Villa: Côte fleurie" Plum, Gilles, 1870-1920, Cabourg éditions Cahiers du temps
- "Let yourself be told by the villas of Villers-sur-Mer", Lebaillif, Yann, editions - Towns and Countries of Art and History, Le Pays d'Auge and Tourist Office of Villers-sur-Mer
- "Deauville, a resort town on the Côte Fleurie", Hébert, Didier, Images du patrimoine, Cahiers du temps editions
- "Deauville", Pessis Jacques, 2005, Chronique editions - Dargaud
- "Finials, Cabourg-Deauville", Cahiers du temps Cabourg editions
- "The astonishing history of Villerville, from its origins to 1945", Chegaray Jacques, 1992, editions Normandie inconnue
- "Let yourself be told by the community of communes Coeur côte Fleurie", Evain Florence, Towns and Countries of Art and History, Le Pays d'Auge
- "Strolling stroll, discovering the heritage of Blonville-sur-Mer", Sochon Serge, Éditions d'Héligoland
- "Blonville-sur-Mer", Sochon Serge, Les éditions d'Héliogoland
- "Trouville, Deauville and Côte Fleurie, Seaside Villas of the Second Empire", Cahiers du temps editions
- "100 keys to understanding Deauville and Trouville", editions des falaises
- "The beauties of the coast", the Notebooks of the Association for the Preservation of the Heritage of Bénerville-sur-Mer

Some of these books are on sale in Tourist information offices inDeauville.

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