What to do on bridge weekends in and around Deauville

In May, do as you please. With the arrival of spring, the calendar lights up with public holidays, and with them, long weekends. Easter, Labor Day, Victory of 1945, Ascension Day, Pentecost... Head for Deauville and the surrounding area, famous for the sandy beaches so typical of the Côte Fleurie. But there's more: nature, of course, where the fauna awakens in a freshwater marsh by the sea, or the flowers bloom in a park on the heights of Deauville; culture too, where the museums are packed with events for the whole family. And always a multitude of outdoor activities, from water sports to swings on a golf course, with a children's-loved visit to an educational farm.

What to do on bridge weekends in and around Deauville? ©Amélie Lefebvre
The dike from Bénerville-sur-Mer to DeauvilleAmélie Lefebvre

Walking on the beach

Sea bathing has given way to sunbathing. With a coastline comprising six beaches spread over 15km, inDeauville has something to satisfy every desire for coastal walks. And to make the most of it, there's no need to think about an itinerary: it's always straight ahead. From Villers-sur-Mer to Villerville and vice versa, all you have to do is keep walking and tuck your feet in the sand or on the wooden of the dykesthe choice is yours. Wherever you go, you'll come across the very soul of a seaside resort: holidaymakers lounging in the shade of a parasol, children building their most beautiful sand castles, ice-cream eaters awakening your sweet tooth, photographers coming to immortalize a few nuggets of Norman architecture...

From l. to r. from h. to b.: the Promenade des Lais de Mer, the Planches de Deauville, the Promenade d'Ornano and the Villers-sur-Mer dike ©Paloma Gabet / Lucile Loisel / Delphine Barré-Lerouxel
From l. to r. from h. to b.: the Promenade des Lais de Mer, the Planches de Deauville, the Promenade d'Ornano and the Villers-sur-Mer dikePaloma Gabet / Lucile Loisel / Delphine Barré-Lerouxel

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Les Planches celebrates its 100th anniversary!

The Planches de Deauville and the Pompeian baths were inaugurated on July 6, 1924. Over the course of a century, millions of anonymous people, celebrities and artists have trodden this now iconic and mythical promenade. And more, it remains Deauville's most visited, surveyed and photographed seaside resort, a place for socializing, games, meetings and events. To celebrate their 100th anniversary, the City of Deauville will be unveiling a program in May. The anniversary will be officially celebrated weekend of July 6 and 7. Mark your calendars!

Amélie Lefebvre
Les Planches de Deauville ©Amélie Lefebvre

100 years of Les Planches

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Stroll the flourishing alleys of Parc Calouste Gulbenkian

A (not so) hidden treasure on the heights of Deauville, the Parc Calouste Gulbenkian is a journey into the heart of nature. Winding paths wind through shady groves and meticulously manicured lawns, inviting strollers to explore the botanical wonders. The icing on the cake: the park reopens its doors every spring, the perfect time to admire the great diversity (nearly 60 varieties!) of plants, flowers and shrubs. Weekend strollers enjoy a leisurely stroll among the trees, some of which are over a hundred years old, to the sound of songbirds, a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

What to do in Bénerville-sur-Mer ? The Calouste Gulbenkian Park ©Naïade Plante / Lucile Loisel / Sandrine Boyer-Engel
Naïade Plante / Lucile Loisel / Sandrine Boyer-Engel
What to do in Bénerville-sur-Mer ? The Calouste Gulbenkian Park ©Naïade Plante / Lucile Loisel / Sandrine Boyer-Engel
Naïade Plante / Sandrine Boyer-Engel

Taste the gastronomy of Normandy

Here, cuisine is inspired by the sea. And rightly so: Normandy alone boasts 600km of coastline, where freshly landed fish, prawns, whelks and crab all feature prominently on restaurant menus. They share the limelight with local products that are also in the genes of Normandy: cream, butter, cheeses and apples. From Villers-sur-Mer to Deauville via Trouville-sur-Mer, these tasty dishes can be enjoyed between land and sea, on a terrace facing the port or in the heart of the Pays d'Auge countryside.

Le Matisse ©Vauban Villers
Le MatisseVauban Villers
Scallop festival in Villers-sur-Mer ©Naïade Plante
Scallop festival in Villers-sur-MerNaïade Plante

Hoisting the sail in the English Channel

A wind of freedom sweeps across Normandy's beaches, where numerous water sports on the sand! The Côte Fleurie is an inexhaustible playground for sea outings on a sailboat or speedboat from Deauville, kayak or paddleboard lessons to paddle with a smile at Blonville-sur-Mer, longe-côte or char à voile sessions at low tide to stay on the sand at Villers-sur-Mer... For a few moments, adrenaline and calm water lovers can sail together on the English Channel.

Sailboat at Villers-sur-Mer ©Lucile Loisel
Sailing at Villers-sur-MerLucile Loisel
Sailboat off Deauville ©Sandrine Boyer-Engel
Sailboat off DeauvilleSandrine Boyer-Engel

Remembering at Mont-Canisy

In the "green walks" section, ask for the Mont-Canisy ! Bordering the Parc Calouste Gulbenkian, its undulating terrain is a popular destination for walkers in search of the finest views of the Côte Fleurie, but not only. More than a natural site, this former military fortress was the scene of numerous coastal artillery occupations; casemates, blockhouses and bunkers bear witness to its tumultuous history. Abandoned for decades, the remains of Mont-Canisy are now blending in with local nature, which has slowly reclaimed the site. Orchids, juniper and delicate raiponce have invaded the concrete, while nightingales, butterflies and even bats live in harmony.

What to do in Bénerville-sur-Mer ? The Mont-Canisy ©Etienne Chognard / Sandrine Boyer-Engel / Sandrine Chardon
Etienne Chognard / Sandrine Boyer-Engel / Sandrine Chardon

Contemplating seaside architecture

The architecture of Normandy is a landscape in its own right, recognizable the world over. The fashion for sea bathing, which dates back two hundred years, has left its mark on the Côte Fleurie: the hotels, villas and houses are each more photogenic than the last. Their style is timeless, as if frozen in time. Half-timbering , of course, those typical wooden beams carefully applied to the facades, bringing that picturesque charm we love so much; but also bricks, from traditional red to reddish-brown, and chalets, whose balconies finely carved from wood beckon you to sit back and watch the sun set. This eclectic heritage can be found all along the coast, from Villers-sur-Mer to Villerville, via Deauville, but also inland in the Pays d'Auge, at Vauville, Saint-Pierre-Azif and Saint-Gatien-des-Bois.

The villas of Blonville-sur-Mer and Bénerville-sur-mer, Deauville's belvederes ©Lucas Thirion-Tournois / Delphine Barré-Lerouxel / Etienne Chognard
The villas of Blonville-sur-Mer and Bénerville-sur-mer, the lookouts of DeauvilleLucas Thirion-Tournois / Delphine Barré-Lerouxel / Etienne Chognard

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The Villa Strassburger, emblem of Deauville

Majestic, elegant, spectacular: there are no words to describe the beauty of this place. In the eyes of visitors and residents alike, the Villa Strassburger is undoubtedly the emblematic house of Deauville. And just as well, it's one of the few villas open to the public. More than a century after its construction, the house has lost none of its splendor: turrets, bow-windows, checkerboards, half-timbering and finials create an atmosphere of yesteryear. Once inside, time seems to stand still. In the large dining room on the first floor, the walls are adorned with portraits of horses and caricatures of holidays past. Upstairs, the study contains the former owner's personal effects, from his dial telephone to his penholder.

Lucile Loisel
The Villa Strassburger in Deauville ©Lucile Loisel

Villa Strassburger

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Experience nature at the Marais de Blonville-Villers

Accessible 7 days a week, a peaceful place to stroll, a children's playground... Popular with families, birdwatchers, hikers and even horseback riders, the Parc Nature du Marais de Blonville-Villers is THE place to be during a long spring weekend. On its 110 hectares, calm reigns supreme: it's home to an immense body of water where its feathered inhabitants splash about amidst singular vegetation. We love the landscaped paths, where you can observe the birds without ever having to disturb them. Our tip: take a stroll at the end of the day to enjoy the evening colors.

What to do in Villers-sur-Mer? Explore nature at the Marais de Blonville-Villers ©Etienne Chognard / Lucile Loisel
Etienne Chognard / Lucile Loisel

Push open the doors of a museum

One is dedicated to culture, the other to science; but both shine through their collections, which are as impressive as they are enriching.

LES FRANCISCAINES - DEAUVILLE

Les Franciscaines - DeauvilleLes Franciscaines, a former convent now rehabilitated as a cultural center, welcomes everyone, all the time: readers in search of new stories in the 40,000-book media library ; art lovers curious to discover the latest exhibition; music lovers inspired by a concert in the former chapel; hungry stomachs looking for tasty cuisine in an unusual refectory ... More than a cultural center, it's a real place to live.

LE PALEOSPACE

Visit Paléospacedinosaurs come to life. For these fossils, sometimes reconstructed - but often found on the beach at Villers-sur-Mer! - present a window onto a bygone era: the Jurassic. As you push open the doors, large predator skeletons come into view, interactive screens make learning fun and a planetarium takes you on a journey through the Milky Way.

Les Franciscaines and Le Paléospace, two strong cultural entities ©Naïade Plante / Sandriner Boyer-Engel / Pod VU / Lucile Loisel / Julien Boisard
Les Franciscaines and Le Paléospace, two strong cultural entitiesNaïade Plante / Sandriner Boyer-Engel / Pod VU / Lucile Loisel / Julien Boisard

Swinging on a golf course

In May, the greens live up to their name, as golf courses proudly display lush green vegetation worthy of the finest Normandy countryside. In and around Deauville, a wide selection of courses is available to lovers of the little white ball: the Golf Barrière Deauville - ranked among the 20 most beautiful courses in France -, the Golf de Deauville Saint-Gatien - surrounded by an immense forest -, theAmirauté Golf - the most artistic of the four! - and the Golf Barrière Saint-Julien - a championship course in the Pont-L'Evêque valleys. Whether you're looking for lessons, training courses, introductory courses or simply to spend some time together in the club-houses, take your pick.

From l. to r. from h. to b.: Golf Barrière Deauville, Golf Barrière Saint-Julien, Amirauté Golf and Golf de Deauville Saint-Gatien ©Fabrice Rambert / Golf Barrière Saint-Julien / Amirauté Golf / Vincent Rustuel
From l. to r. from h. to b.: Golf Barrière Deauville, Golf Barrière Saint-Julien, Amirauté Golf and Golf de Deauville Saint-GatienFabrice Rambert / Golf Barrière Saint-Julien / Amirauté Golf / Vincent Rustuel

Meet the animals

If the horse is king in Normandy, with innumerable riding schoolsriding schools riding lessons and daily walks on the beachMany other animals on two or four legs are patiently waiting to meet holidaymakers. In addition, two educational farms open the doors of their enclosures for a rural safari! Much more than just traditional farms, the whole world of animal husbandry, agriculture and rural life in general is on show, through fun tours and educational workshops.

Horseback riding at Domaine de Capucine ©Etienne Chognard

CAPUCINE ESTATE

A few kilometers from Deauville and Caboug, alpacas, donkeys, dwarf goats, pigs, rabbits, chickens and many other species live on the farm of the Domaine de Capucine. Although the farm is open to the public, a guided tour gives visitors an insight into the lives of the animals... as well as the opportunity to feed them!

The Domaine de Ouézy Educational Farm

DOMAINE DE OUEZY

Between Caen and Lisieux Domaine de Ouézy is home to 1,500 small (and large) inhabitants, including donkeys, poultry and Highland cows. The day continues in the trees with a treetop adventure course, before filling your basket with farm produce (apple juice, cider, honey, jam) on sale in the store.

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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
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