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COMMON ELEVEN, IDENTITY ELEVEN

A mosaic of identities compose in Deauville and endows the territory with a great wealth of points of view, places, events. To discover in the pages dedicated to each municipality ...

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BENERVILLE-SUR-MER AND ITS SECRET GARDEN

Bérnerville-sur-mer, there are many stories: that of Gallimard, the first owner of Château Gabriel, later the residence of Yves Saint-Laurent, who considered the place as his haven of peace. It is also the story of Calouste Gulbenkian, a businessman and an esthete, who was one of the greatest art collectors of the XNUMXth century. He produced in Bénerville-sur-mer - with the help of Achille Duchesne - the work he dreamed of: a garden planted with rare essences, suitable for meditation. The place is open in summer. Bénerville-sur-mer is also the homeland of Santos-Dumont, another personality who marked the village.
Unmissable: the sunsets on the beach. The wooden lifeguard station is a nice landmark for photo lovers. The batteries of Mont-Canisy - another moment in great history - which can be visited free of charge on regular dates.

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BLONVILLE-SUR-MER, THE PARADISE FOR CHILDREN

Its beach is probably their best playground as everything is organized for them, from the Mickey Club, to the entertainment including the sailing club. It is also a vast island of nature with a swamp of 120 hectares belonging to the Conservatoire du littoral and Mont Canisy which overlooks the entire coast.
Inescapable: early in the morning, discover the marsh and the many species of birds that take refuge there, admire the large murals by Jean Denis Maillart painted in 1961 on the walls of the Chapel, understand a cider farm, the farm of Place Bill… Take advantage of the beach and access it by small streets lined with seaside villas.

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DEAUVILLE

To discover Deauville is to walk on the Planches with the sea as a garden, it is to discover its protected architecture in a resort where everything is accessible on foot or by bicycle. It is embarking on the Estuary, attending the unforgettable spectacle of a horse race, a polo match or an equestrian competition. It is to applaud a show in the Italian theater of the casino, to discover the new talents of American cinema, photography, literature or classical music, it is to meet artists inspired by the light and atmosphere of the city. It is wandering through the flavors of the market, tasting the products of a terroir of excellence, enjoying a moment of well-being or simply doing nothing and dreaming on the beach.
Must-sees: attend one of the six cultural festivals organized each year.

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SAINT ARNOULT, THE RIVER

The banks of the Touques loop cross the village and its shops for over a kilometer, a place of healing for families, fishermen and walkers. Around its dapper half-timbered village, a multitude of attractions: one of the most beautiful golf courses in France located on Mont-Canisy overlooks the sea over 70 hectares; the Pole International du Cheval de Deauville - temple of equestrian sports - and the Deauville-La Touques racecourse, whose tracks end at the foot of the town; a large hotel offer and a beautiful five-star campsite with its bucolic lake.
Must-sees: the sports complex with its weight room in the heart of the village for practicing all sports, walking and cycling routes offered by the Town Hall, the 11th century priory chapel classified as a Cluniac site and historic monument.

SAINT GATIEN DES BOIS IN ALL NATURE

Its woods are the largest in Calvados and spread over 28 square km. If they are private, they can be explored on foot at specific times of the year and can be enjoyed at Val des Cîmes, which offers no less than ten tree climbing courses. The more athletic among us will also like its Académy golf course animated by golf teachers and sports coaches to improve its game and its aviation club installed at Deauville Normandy airport, entry point for the many foreign visitors?
The small village of Saint Gatien located in the heart of this large forest also has a significant cultural past. At the beginning of the 19th century, it attracted the great names of literature to the Chalet de Ulric Guttinger, an enchanting setting in a green setting which contributed to the artistic awakening of the Normandy Coast. You can still see the remains in the forest.

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SAINT-PIERRE AZIF, AT THE HEART OF THE PRAIRIES OF THE PAYS D'AUGE

Very small town in the hinterland, Saint Pierre-Azif has nearly 200 inhabitants in the heart of the meadows of the Pays d 'Auge. Horse enthusiasts appreciate its equestrian clubs. Art lovers love its church with works from the Flemish school - Rubens, Jordaens, Lucas de Leiden, Van Helmont, Van Clef, Van Dyck. Watch for openings in summer to discover them with the inhabitants of the village. Walkers cross its many small paths or rest around the washhouse of modest and authentic architecture of the 19th century. You will also be able to appreciate the Eco-Domaine du Bouquetôt, an old breeding farm, a precious testimony of rural life and the vernacular heritage of the Augerons of the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries; where you can also rent a tree house!
Inescapable: the open days in February of the Colleville and Thenney stud farms.

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TOUQUES, THE HISTORICAL CITY

Streets and flower-filled squares, a stream that runs along the houses that you can descend by kayak, half-timbered facades typical of the Pays d'Auge, Touques likes to preserve its history and the craft tradition. Its artists' workshops - in the former stables of the Haras de Meautry - house sculptors, master glassmakers, mosaicists…. And because it was the second largest metropolis in Normandy in the Middle Ages, in June it offers The Medieval. In the heart of the village, XNUMXth-century halls shelter a market and flea markets…
Must-sees: The XNUMXth century Saint Pierre church, considered one of the most beautiful Romanesque constructions in the Pays d'Auge. The exceptional capitals reflect the different artistic trends that crossed Normandy during the ducal period. Jazz aperitifs on summer Fridays in the village square.

TOURGEVILLE, BETWEEN GOLF AND HORSES

Horse and golf are on his arms! and rightly so!
The first found a stable and track at the Clairefontaine racecourse, the only tri-disciplinary racetrack on the Normandy coast, hosting flat, trot and obstacle races exclusively on grass, which offers an abundant entertainment program in summer. The second is a 27-hole course recognized by the greatest golfers, combining art and nature. One of the routes is punctuated with contemporary sculptures and its seven ponds are a real paradise for the surrounding flora and fauna.
Must-sees: the Clairefontaine Grand Prix, which closes the hippodrome season every year, rally the group of Nordic walkers "Les Normandiques" for its long and invigorating walks. Pass by the Chemin de l'Orgeuil, you will discover the Manors of Tourgéville, long owned by Claude Lelouch.

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VAUVILLE

Jewel of the Pays d'Auge, at the gates of Deauville and Trouville-sur-mer, Vauville, a veritable lung of greenery, is illustrated by its XNUMXth century church with its rectangular bell tower and the Haulle farmhouse with its porch. two colors, its wash house and its two rivers. In this authentic and restful village, we also breed horses and among the best. On the Haras du Quesnay list of names: the names that have marked French breeding such as Le Fabulous, Green Dancer, Riverman, Sir Gaylord, Gay Mecene, Bellypha, Saint Cyrien, Bering, Highest Honor, Anabaa ... or more recently Trêve qui has twice won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the Prix de Diane and the Grand Prix de Saint Cloud ... There is also the Haras de la Forge, home of the gold medal show jumping riders at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Must-sees: The pictorials of Vauville which bring artists together every year to its Chapel.

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VILLERS-SUR-MER IN THE CENTER OF THE WORLD

It is the first French city approached by Le Méridien de Greenwich. Around this elegant seaside village rich in cultural events, preserved natural spaces: the cliffs of the Black Cows and their paleontological deposit, marshes on more than 30 hectares, and a beach sheltered from the prevailing winds. Full of nature and oxygen with multiple family activities.
Must-sees: the Paléospace and its Normandy dinosaurs, the shell festival on the last weekend in October, the streets of Villers-sur-Mer lined with pretty seaside villas.

VILLERVILLE, THE VILLAGE ON THE FALAISE

This is where Henri Verneuil put his camera more than 50 years ago to shoot a Monkey in winter with the famous duo Gabin - Belmondo. An artistic aura that Villerville continues to bring to life by welcoming young actors each year to produce “A Festival in Villerville” (end of August). Originally a fishing village, built on the cliff that extends to Trouville, Villerville is bordered by tall, narrow houses that open onto the seaside and the Parc des Graves, a natural area with protected paths. The panorama is breathtaking and there are many reasons to go.
Must-sees: Flea markets in the garage, the seaside festival, the Château farm where you can buy organic products and admire a pond, century-old beeches and a redwood tree. The “a monkey in winter” circuit on the filming locations, including the famous Normand Cabaret which has retained the charm of 1962.

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