What to do in Touques

Touques has lived a thousand and one lives. An ancient maritime gateway to the Pays d'Auge, the town was conquered by the Vikings and was once the stronghold of William the Conqueror. From its 2000-year history, the town has kept its old-world soul. A medieval atmosphere emanates from its flower-decked main street and its small adjoining passageways of typically Auvergne timber-framed houses. Historic, inspiring, unsuspected, intrepid, Touques has so much to offer.

What to do in Touques ©Camille Hermant
Camille Hermant

A little history...

What to do in Touques History of a medieval heritage

It's hard to imagine a port and salt works in the old town... And yet! From the Middle Ages to the 19th century, Touques had such a successful salt industry and port area that it became the political and economic heart of the Pays d'Auge. With its privileged position on the estuary, the Dukes of Normandy and Kings of England would moor here to reach the mighty fortress at Château de Bonneville-sur-Touques.

The construction of the seaside resorts on the Côte Fleurie in the mid-19th century attracted many holidaymakers, despite the villages in the hinterland. Today, Touques has lost none of its splendor and has preserved the vestiges of its medieval past.

The must-haves

Meet the artisans of the Quartier des Arts

What to do in Touques Le Quartier des Arts ©Ville de Touques
Town of Touques

Built around theSaint-Pierre churchthe Quartier des Arts is a center for artistic creation, established in the former stables of the Haras de Meautry - graciously bequeathed to the town of Touques by Baron Guy de Rothschild - but also in the former presbytery of the church. A veritable living space where seven sculptors, ceramists, painters, mosaicists and finial specialists live together year-round; where imagination abounds; where a simple sketch is transformed into a work of art. Open to the public, the showcases conceal a gold mine of beautiful finds, decorative objects, tableware, original porcelain pieces and know-how that the artists don't hesitate to share during a visit to their workshop or a hands-on class.

A stone's throw from the stables is a beautiful green half-timbered building: the Galerie des Créateurs. Created by Dominique and Michel Laborde, this permanent exhibition and sales space promotes contemporary artistic creation. Their leitmotiv: to exhibit as many materials as possible - ceramics, glass, wood, cardboard, paper - and to renew the exhibitions every two months, to welcome numerous visitors every weekend, whom they have managed to win over.

Admire local architecture

What to do in Touques? Admire Augeron architecture ©Camille Hermant
Camille Hermant

Tucked away in the heart of a green valley, Touques is one of those Auvergne towns that has managed to preserve its heritage over the centuries. Unchanged since the Middle Ages, the low-slung houses are timelessly beautiful; the facades, adorned with half-timber, stone or brick in a variety of hues, sparkle under the reflections of a stream; the narrow streets and adjacent passages with their imperfect symmetry confirm the charm of the past. A remarkable heritage doubly honoured: Touques was the first town in Calvados to be awarded the label "Petite cité de caractèreIn 2019, Touques was the first town in Calvados to be awarded the "Petite cité de caractère" label, and is now proud to have five of its buildings listed as Monuments Historiques.

L'Saint-Pierre church was the first to receive this distinction, in 1840. Considered the most beautiful Romanesque church in the Pays d'Auge, it was desacralized in favor of theéglise Saint-Thomasalso a listed building. Directly linked to the Touques port trade, theAdmiralty and the Manoir du Grenier à Sel respectively housed the port administration and two employees of the Ferme Générale, responsible for controlling salt production. And because Auvergne's soil is the best for raising horses, the fabulous Haras de Meautry manor house faces the Quartier des Arts.

What to do in Touques? Admire the architecture of Touques ©Ville de Touques / Camille Hermant
Ville de Touques / Camille Hermant

Family leisure activities

What to do in Touques? Family leisure activities ©Dama Factory
Dama Factory

There's no shortage of recreational activities in Touques! A traditional outing with the kids Bowling de Deauville unveils ten lanes raised by screens. After slipping on your shoes and trying your hand at a strike, head for the arcade games or billiards. The latest in immersive, innovative entertainment, Dama Factory offers 6 hectares of land for outdoor sports and 1,000m² of indoor experiences. With a dozen activities to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice between connected mini-golf, theAction Game and shuffleboard. To let off steam in fine weather, the outdoor area is full of fun, with laser game, 5-a-side soccer and an inflatable park. Tennis enthusiasts and experienced backhand players come here to play on grass with a Wimbledon look, or to try out padel; for more traditional courts, the Touques Côte Fleurie Tennis Club is the place to be. Tennis de Touques Côte Fleurie and theAmirauté Tennis Club are equipped with quick, green set or clay courts.

What to do in Touques? Family leisure activities ©Tennis de Touques / Bowling de Deauville / Dama Factory
Touques tennis / Deauville bowling / Dama Factory

The events

not to be missed under any circumstances

What to do in Touques? Les Médiévales ©Naïade Plante

THE MEDIEVALS

Hear ye, hear ye, good folk! The Middle Ages, their troubadours, their Vikings and their traditions take over the streets of Touques to celebrate the village's history, its peasants of yesteryear and its men-at-arms at the annual Médiévales festival. The program includes a grand ball in period costume, electrifying the audience with pavanes, branles and gaillardes, as well as the traditional fireworks show with a whirlwind of sparks!

When? Every year in June

What to do in Touques Jazz aperitifs ©Sandrine Boyer-Engel

JAZZ APERITIFS

With the arrival of fine weather, weekends in Toulon get off to a musical start with our jazz aperitifs! Under the great hall of Place Lemercier, the sounds of gypsy jazz and danceable swing are sure to get your toes tapping. A musical diversity punctuated by a renewed program every Friday evening, where the musicians carry the audience away with sounds drawn from world music, ideal for enjoying a cocktail and some Norman tapas.

When? Every summer

What to do in Touques Apple Festival ©inDeauville

APPLE FESTIVAL

New in 2022, the Fête de la Pomme celebrates Normandy's most emblematic fruit in all its forms, with a local market run by local artisans, tastings of freshly squeezed apple juice in front of the public, and a competition to choose the best apple pie. For children, there's a treasure hunt, folk songs and dances, an educational farm and horse-drawn carriage rides.

When is it held? Every year in October

Where to eat and sleep in Touques?

Ask for advice

at the Touques tourist office

The Touques Tourisme team welcomes you:
  • February to end of May - Wednesday to Sunday: 10am-1pm / 2pm-6pm
  • June to mid-September - daily: 10am-1pm / 2pm-6pm
  • Mid-September and All Saints' vacation - Wednesday to Sunday: 10am-1pm / 2pm-6pm
  • Christmas vacations - Wednesday to Sunday: 10am-1pm / 2pm-6pm

Come and see us: 20 Place Lemercier, 14800 Touques.

Contact us: info@indeauville.fr / +33 (0)2 31 14 40 00

 

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Getting to and around Touques

BY TRAIN

The nearest train station is Deauville-Trouville, 2.5km from Touques. It is served by TER trains, with daily connections to the Lisieux and Paris Saint-Lazare stations. 

Timetables and fares are available under this link. To book a ticket, go to the ticket office, on SNCF Connect or on Trainline.

BY PLANE

Deauville-Normandie airport is about 6.5km from Touques, in the commune of Saint-Gatien-des-Bois. To reach Touques :

  • Bus route n°111: "Reine Mathilde", "Eglise" or "Croix Sonnet" stops
  • Cabs : Sixt - +33 (0)8 20 00 74 98
  • Shuttles : TSC Normandie - +33 (0)7 81 21 60 35
  • Car: via D74 and D62 (6.5km - 8 minutes)

BY BOAT

The ports of Le Havre and Caen, around 40 km from Touques, offer daily connections with Great Britain.

  • Brittany ferries : Caen-Ouistreham/Portsmouth or Le Havre/Portsmouth +33 (0)825 828 828 - www.brittany-ferries.fr
  • Crossing of the estuary by maritime shuttle (crossings from June to August) from Le Havre and Trouville-sur-Mer. To know more >>>

BY CAR

Touques is ideally located between the sea and the countryside, with two freeways:

  • Paris-Touques: A13 - 200 km, including 190 km of freeway
  • Access A29 north to Amiens (12 km)

BY BUS

  • Route n°111 : Caen - Cabourg - Deauville - Honfleur - Le Havre
  • Route n°112 : Touques - Tourgéville - Saint-Arnoult - Deauville
  • Route n°113 : Deauville - Trouville - Touques

Further information: +33 (0)9 70 83 00 14 - nomad.normandie.fr.
Book tickets for all your trips at all Tourist Information Offices in the Deauville area.

BY BIKE

All bike rental companies just one click away.

Touques is a transit point for national cycle routes the Vélomaritime and the Seine à Vélo.

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Contact us:
+33 (0)2 31 14 40 00
info@indeauville.fr


Our tourist information offices :

DEAUVILLE TOURISM
Résidence de l'Horloge
Quai de l'Impératrice Eugénie
14800 Deauville
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VILLERS-SUR-MER TOURISM
Place Jean Mermoz
14640 Villers-sur-Mer
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BLONVILLE-SUR-MER TOURISM
32 bis avenue Michel d'Ornano
14910 Blonville-sur-Mer
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VILLERVILLE TOURISM
40 rue du Général Leclerc
14113 Villerville
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TOUQUES TOURISM
20 Place Lemercier
14800 Touques
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TOURGÉVILLE TOURISM
Promenade Louis Delamare
(behind the first-aid post)
14800 Tourgéville
See opening hours