Five Things to do in Deauville: Where Elegance Meets Coastal Splendour

D is for Deauville, a seaside haven that blends refined elegance with the charm of the Normandy coast. With its iconic casino, storied villas, glamorous hotels, vibrant arts scene, and stunning beach, Deauville offers a wealth of experiences that leave an indelible mark on all who visit. And if you wake up early enough, you might even catch the horses running on the beach.


We took the train from Paris to visit this seaside town, and here is the full story on this week’s episode of The Earful Tower. You can listen to it below (or anywhere you get podcasts). Featured is the voice of horse-related storyteller and journalist Fanny Hubart-Salmon and then Annie Madet-Vache who is Director of the local museum Les Franciscaines.

Below is a summary of five activities that will ensure an unforgettable stay in this picturesque town. And full disclosure, if you can time your visit to see horse racing or the Deauville Film Festival, all the better. We missed both these things, so they didn’t make the list.

1. Feel the Glamour of the Casino Barrière

Step into the realm of opulence at the legendary Casino Barrière, an architectural masterpiece that has been a symbol of Deauville’s grandeur for over a century. Channel your inner James Bond and have a go, or, if you’re not a gambling enthusiast, the Casino Barrière’s lavish interiors make for an impressive experience that transports you to a bygone era of glamour and sophistication.

2. Step Back in Time at the Villa Strassburger

Embark on a journey to the past with a visit to the magnificent Villa Strassburger. This Belle Époque gem, nestled amidst lush gardens, offers a glimpse into the lives of the wealthy elite who once frequented Deauville.

Explore the beautifully preserved interiors, adorned with exquisite furnishings, stunning artwork, and elegant period details. As you wander through the villa’s rooms, you’ll gain insight into the glamorous lifestyles of the early 20th-century aristocracy.

3. Sip Elegance at the Hotel Normandy Barrière

Indulge in a moment of refined relaxation at the iconic Hotel Normandy Barrière. Take a seat at its elegant bar and allow the skilled mixologists to work their magic.

Immerse yourself in the hotel’s timeless ambiance, adorned with exquisite decor and attentive service. With every sip, you’ll be transported to a world where sophistication reigns supreme, offering a true taste of Deauville’s luxurious heritage. Don’t miss the Hall of Fame near the restaurant, which incidentally serves one of the best breakfasts in France.

4. Immerse Yourself in Art and Culture at Les Franciscaines

Experience the vibrant arts scene of Deauville at Les Franciscaines, a cultural complex that celebrates the town’s rich artistic heritage. This beautifully renovated space used to be a chapel and a cloister, but now houses a diverse range of exhibitions, concerts, and film screenings. Les Franciscaines offers a true cultural immersion that is not to be missed.

5. Revel in the Coastal Beauty of Deauville Beach

No visit to Deauville is complete without basking in the beauty of its legendary beach. Feel the soft sand beneath your toes as you stroll along the promenade, marvel at the colourful beach umbrellas, and admire the iconic beachside villas that have become synonymous with Deauville’s allure.


Whether you choose to relax on a sun lounger, take a dip in the refreshing waters, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views, Deauville Beach is a sanctuary of tranquility and coastal splendour.

And that’s it! Remember, as always, there’s a lot more on the podcast, which is embedded below.

Become a Patreon member of The Earful Tower here to support this show and get extras. Thanks to the Tourism Board of Deauville for organizing this stay.

3 thoughts on “Five Things to do in Deauville: Where Elegance Meets Coastal Splendour

  1. Excellent summary of the Deauville highlights. Looks like a lovely place to visit! Merci, Oliver and Lina

  2. This is just what I was looking for! I live in Lexington, Kentucky, which is a sister city to Deauville. I’m in Paris for the summer, so will definitely try to do this. I am usually traveling alone. Would love to meet you. As an aside, I am 82! Thanks!

  3. Great episode. Heard you talking about photography. Did you know François Arago was an advocate for Louis Daguerre in developing his photography process? The “Daguerreotype” went public in 1839 and was widely used, including here in Australia. Hope that’s of some interest.

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