TOUQUES, THE STORY OF A MEDIEVAL HERITAGE

Touques, the ancient maritime gateway to the Pays d'Auge, was an important economic and political center in the Middle Ages. From the 12th to the 19th century, the village was a prosperous trading port, where dukes and kings disembarked from England. A period of fortune reflected in a remarkably well-preserved heritage, to be admired along the streets.

William the Conqueror, Rollon, the Scandinavian Viking... The Dukes of Normandy understood the strategic importance of Touques, the last village before the sea. Its port was a thriving business, with shipyards and exports (wood, salt, apples, cider, Calvados) generating considerable revenue. But from 1850 onwards, the lack of profitability of the salt works and the development of the nearby seaside resorts of Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer led to a period of economic desertification. The former quays of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Thomas were renamed Quai Monrival with wooden sculptures evoking boats.

Over the centuries, the main thoroughfare through Touques has witnessed the flowering of beautiful buildings. And it's around Place Lemercier that typical Auger half-timbered houses, two churches in a variety of styles, a world-famous stud farm, two washhouses, an admiralty and a salt granary have gradually sprung up.

Thanks to its history with a capital H, Touques today enjoys a thriving cultural life thanks to its numerous events and its Quartier des Arts where a wide range of artists live together all year round.

TOUQUES, A SMALL TOWN WITH A STRONG CHARACTER

Touques did Calvados proud in 2019, becoming the first commune in the department to be awarded the "Petit Cité character" label.Petit Cité de caractère". A guarantee of authenticity and recognition, this Breton appellation, created in 1975, promotes rural villages with fewer than 6,000 inhabitants and an architectural heritage as rich as it is cultural. Once centers of regional interest, these towns were gradually abandoned after the revolutions, without ever losing their charm. Touques ticks all the right boxes: vestiges of life in the Middle Ages (the Grenier à Sel, the Admiralty, the market halls, the washhouses and the half-timbered houses), heritage sites reinvested for new uses (Saint-Pierre church hosting exhibitions and the former stables of the Haras de Meautry transformed into workshops and constituting the Quartier des Arts) and events to promote heritage to residents and visitors (Les Médiévales, apéros-jazz, the Fête de la Pomme...).

LES MÉDIÉVALES: THE FESTIVAL CELEBRATING THE MIDDLE AGES

As the birthplace of William the Conqueror, Normandy is intimately linked with the great era of the Middle Ages. This is a strength for Touques, which has plunged spectators into the past every year since 2011, celebrating its heritage as Normandy's second-largest metropolis in the Middle Ages. With Les Médiévalesa journey back in time is guaranteed. The history of the village is told; drums beat in the half-timbered streets; Vikings, tavern-keepers, acrobats and knights who have come to feast parade before the astonished gaze of children; the public discovers the daily life of the peasants of the time. The high point of the festivities: the great fire show, with its original and spellbinding choreography, where the flames tangle together for the pleasure of the eyes.

 

 

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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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