Beach: 10 vitamin activities

Deauville BeachBeatrice Augier

Sea breeze, infinite view of the sea and the sound of the waves, the six beaches in Deauville each have their own soul: scientific in Villers-sur-Mer, steep in Villerville, art deco in Deauville or family-friendly in Blonville-sur-Mer . Haven of happiness for all desires, these fine sandy beaches satisfy thrill seekers aboard a sand yacht, fascinate nature lovers with their majestic cliffs of Vaches Noires and Roches Noires - Pointe du Heurt and amaze children with their beach clubs.

1. Walk along the Cliffs of the Black Cow


Step back in time on a guided tour of Black Cow Cliffs ! Geological curiosities dating from the Jurassic and Cretaceous (about 160 million years ago), these cliffs, more than 100 meters high, come from the accumulation of marine sediment deposits. Why "Black Cows"? The name would come from the words of sailors: the presence of large blocks of chalk crumbling at their feet on the beach and covered with algae which would evoke, seen from the sea, a herd of cattle grazing quietly. Today there are fossils of ammonites, sea urchins, nautiluses, but also plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs.

For 2 hours, enjoy a family walk to take a deep breath of fresh air, discover all the secrets of this paleontological site and even collect fossils and other small trophies on the wet sand. To stimulate your curiosity even more, choose the Black Cow crossing, a 6km walk. Take the beach from Houlgate and discover the panorama of the cliffs as far as Villers-sur-Mer. These supervised nature walks are offered by the Paleospace.

Guided tour at the foot of the Black CowsDR
AmmoniteWilliam Gurnenwald
Black Cow CliffsJulien Boisard

2. Take a selfie on the Greenwich Meridian


Villers-sur-Mer beach is at the center of the world ... and for good reason! It is the first city to be crossed by the Greenwich Mean Time in continental Europe. This imaginary line connects the North Pole to the South Pole and separates the earth into two hemispheres, West and East. At the place marked on the seaside, the longitude is exactly 0. An ideal place to take a picture. A room Paleospace is dedicated to the Greenwich Meridian. It offers an intimate scenography highlighting the very beautiful marine objects from the Paris Observatory and the museum's own collections.

Greenwich Mean TimeJulien Boisard

3. Watch the sun go down in Villerville


Since Graves Park, a descent to the sea from the top of the Roches Noires cliffs - Pointe du Heurt and a network of trails have been developed. At the bend of the paths, there is exotic vegetation, witness to a time when beautiful villas occupied this space and where landscaped gardens were created from the XNUMXth century with rare species mixing with local plants, wild plant species, as well as recent plantations and ponds.

On the beach side, the site can be discovered by taking the seaside at low tide (caution is required not to be blocked at the foot of the cliff by the rising tide). Of guided tours and other nature outings are regularly organized to discover the fauna, flora and fossils of this exceptional geological site.

Sunset in Villerville ©Ville de Villerville
Graves ParkMarine Guillard

4. Kayaking on the sea


From the sea, take a seat in a kayak for a hike at the foot of the Roches Noires - Pointe du Heurt accompanied by an instructor. With Concept Sport Emotion, it is a new point of view on the cliffs which is offered to you. For 2h30, you will walk along the 4km of clay cliffs that line the coast, alternating gentle slopes and vertical walls, culminating at 60 meters above sea level. Between the collection of fossils, the observation of birds on the rocky flats or the geological and historical discovery of the places, this site classified as a Sensitive Natural Area is revealed in all its forms.

Kayak excursion with Concept Sport EmotionGwenaelle Huard-Marie

5. Take off in a sand yacht


Want speed on the sand? Taste freedom during a yachting course on wet sand, astride the beaches of Blonville-sur-Mer and Villers-sur-Mer! A real sand kart due to its speed and handling, sand yachting is accessible to everyone, adults and children alike. In a half-lying, half-sitting position, you will catch the wind, soar on two wheels and feel the breeze on your face. The sessions last 2 hours and are supervised by a monitor from Pole Nautique Villers-Blonville.

Sand yachting ©Lucile Loisel
YachtingLucile Loisel

6. Walk on seawalls


Behind the beach huts, walkers like to stroll along the dykes, in search of the sea air. It is from here that you can admire the different atmospheres that enliven the beaches depending on the time of day: early in the morning, you can see the fishermen off the coast, but also the horses trotting on the wet sand. In the afternoon, the fishing boats give way to water sports enthusiasts: on the sea, sailboats, kayaks and paddleboards rub shoulders. The beach comes alive and fills with umbrellas, towels and children's toys; multicolored kites dance in the sky. At the end of the day, lovers of nature and beautiful colors like to linger to see the last rays of the sun disappear into the sea. The walk by the sea is photogenic in all weathers!


 The dykes and promenades here 

From left to d. from h. in B. : the Promenade des Lais de Mer, the Planches de Deauville, the Promenade d'Ornano and the dyke of Villers-sur-Mer ©Paloma Gabet / Lucile Loisel / Delphine Barré-Lerouxel
From left to d. from h. in B. : the Promenade des Lais de Mer, the Planches de Deauville, the Promenade d'Ornano and the dyke of Villers-sur-MerPaloma Gabet / Lucile Loisel / Delphine Barré-Lerouxel

7. Go horseback riding on wet sand


A true institution on the Côte Fleurie, horses take advantage of the proximity to the sea every morning to come and relax and benefit from the benefits of sea water. Roches Noires cliffs - Pointe du Heurt in Villerville, contemplate the multicolored umbrellas in Deauville and cross the Marshes in Blonville-sur-Mer, these are the activities offered by the inDeauville equestrian centers for riders of all levels. On a group or private outing, enjoy the unique experience of treading the sand at a walk, trot or gallop while enjoying the sound of the waves.


 All walks on the beach here 

Horse ride on Deauville beachDelphine Barré Lerouxel
Horseback riding on the beach of Villers-sur-MerGrégory wait
Horse riding on the beachSandrine Chardon

8. Read on the beach


In summer, lovers of reading meet every day in front of The Read Kiosk at the beach, led by the team of Franciscans. Free of charge, borrow for the day a detective novel, a review, a documentary, a children's album… A large selection that feeds all literary appetites, including the youngest. No time to finish this captivating detective story? A nominative bookmark is slipped there. Put aside, the book will find its reader the next day. To devour on the deckchairs installed on the Boards or lying on the beach, feet in the sand.

"Read on the beach" kioskSimon Saint Jal
Kiosk Reading at the beach ©Sandrine Boyer-Engel
"Read on the beach" kioskSandrine Boyer-Engel

9. Have fun at the club


Rich in fun and sporting activities, the beach clubs are THE must-see summer event for children from 3 years old! Located on the beaches of Blonville-sur-Mer, Villers-sur-Mer et Deauville, find many facilities such as colorful inflatable games, trampolines, slides and adventure courses in which children bounce, jump, roll and laugh.


 All inDeauville children's clubs here 

Happy Deauville Club ©Happy Deauville Club
Happy Deauville ClubHappy Deauville Club
Villers-sur-Mer Beach ClubPatrice Lebris
Blonville-sur-Mer beach club ©Paloma Gabet
Blonville-sur-Mer Beach ClubPaloma Gabet

10. Take to the skies in a helicopter


With Héli Events, you can discover the Côte Fleurie from a great height. From theDeauville airport, this helicopter ride will allow you to walk along the coast and enjoy the beautiful natural panoramas as well as enjoy lovely views of the typically Norman seaside resorts. You will fly over Deauville at first, with its racetracks, its marina and even the sumptuous Hotel Barrière Hotel du Golf****, nestled in lush greenery. Then, direction the friendly Trouville, the charming Honfleur to finish with a breathtaking view of the Pont de Normandie. Admire the green countryside, the villas along the dikes, the Touques river which separates Deauville and Trouville, the sandy beaches and of course, the sea, as the only horizon.

Helicopter flight over the Côte FleuriePatrice Lebris

Where to eat


On the top floor of the Novotel **** in Deauville

New 4-star hotel in Deauville, the Novotel has an undeniable asset: its restaurant The Floor, on the 5th and last floor, with a panoramic view of the beach. At noon, take a seat on the terrace bathed in natural light and in the evening, admire the sunset from the large bay windows in a cozy atmosphere. In the kitchen, chef Romain Labrune offers bistronomic cuisine that follows the seasons: poke bowl, tartares, cheese and cold meats, and linguini sautéed with salmon. A feast for the eyes and taste buds.

On the dike of Villers-sur-Mer

To enjoy a peaceful moment facing the sea, take a seat on the restaurant terrace LA DIGUE DE Villers. Between its large bay windows offering a breathtaking view of the Villers beach and its modern and comfortable decoration, you find yourself wanting to settle there for a few hours. Seafood cuisine on the menu, everything that makes up the plate is fresh, local and seasonal. We find the traditional oysters, shellfish and crustaceans, but also dishes harmoniously combining French cuisine and Asian inspirations: homemade foie gras with hibiscus, Daikon ravioli-style crab and Yuzu gel.

Facing the sea of ​​Trouville

Halfway between the restaurant and the beach bar, the Perched Hut and its rooftop offer a breathtaking view of Trouville-sur-Mer, its jetty and its lighthouse. Its atmosphere, both cozy and offbeat, makes it an ideal spot for sunbathing while enjoying a cocktail, sweet and savory platters or a seafood plate.

The Floor ©Novotel
Villers Dike ©Paloma Gabet
LA DIGUE DE VillersPaloma Gabet
The Treehouse ©Delphine Barré-Lerouxel
LA CABANE PERCHEEDelphine Barré-Lerouxel

Where to sleep


On the heights of Villerville at the Domaine du Grand Bec

It is at the end of a modest path that you discover a little corner of paradise, the Grand Bec domain, on the heights of Villerville. From the bedrooms, bathrooms, terraces, restaurant and even the heated outdoor swimming pool, the Estate offers a captivating panorama of the sea. During your breakfast facing the sea or while hitting the ball on the golf course. tennis, let yourself be carried away by the sound of the waves.

Behind the Boards at Villa Namouna

At the crossroads of Art Deco cabins, Boards and Olympic pool, Villa Namouna is ideally located close to Deauville beach. On 500m², there are no less than 10 bedrooms and adjoining bathrooms spread over the three floors: three on the ground floor, five upstairs and two on the garden level. On the ground floor, the large living room is illustrated as the heart of the villa. A large reception room located on the ground floor opening onto a terrace and a professional kitchen allows the organization of meals (25 to 30 people).

With a view of Trouville at the Petit Phare

At the end of Deauville, at the gates of Trouville-sur-Mer, The Little Lighthouse charms with its interior. Parquet and wicker furniture, this two-room studio is a perfect mix between the marine world and the Scandinavian style. Its large windows overlooking the beach of Trouville bring great natural light in the early morning. Take the opportunity to have breakfast on the balcony with a view of the lock, its fishing boats and sailboats. At nightfall, the coast shines with a thousand lights and becomes magical.

Domain of the Grand Beak
The Domaine du Grand BecGrand Bec domain
Villa Namouna
Villa NamounaSandrine Boyer-Engel
The little lighthouse
The Little LighthouseHonorate

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Residence of the Clock
Empress Eugenie wharf
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 Toques
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Louis Delamare Promenade
(behind the aid station)
14800 Tourgeville
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