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In Normandy, the Falaises des Vaches Noires cliffs is a remarkable site located on the coast of the English Channel and extending as far as Houlgate, Gonneville-sur-Mer, Auberville and Villers-sur-Mer.
The Vaches Noires are made up of clay, marl and limestone.
Today, the Vaches Noires is a listed site by the Ministry for the Environment. During school holidays, the Houlgate Geo-Paleo-Archaeologist Association features discovery tours depending on the tides.
The Dives-sur-Mer market takes place every Saturday morning in a place full of charm: Les Halles. This covered market dates back to the start of the 15thth century.
Under the wooden frames, the traders come to show you the produce of the region of Calvados. The covered market also welcomes numerous other events during the summer season, like festivals and exhibitions.
Les halles de Dives-sur-Mer are part of the economic and historical heart of the town.
The village of Beuvron en Auge, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages in France. This small village in Normandy, a few kilometres from Deauville possesses the unique charm of villages that retain their half-timbered houses.
In the former duchy of the Harcourt family, visitors can discover a wealth of heritage, beginning with the Church of St. Martin and the fifteenth century Manor House. Various events enliven the village throughout the year, showing this lovely Norman village off to advantage.
Located in Calvados, on the Normandy coast, the Cabourg Hippodrome is exclusively devoted to trotting. It is managed by Cheval Français, a major racetrack operator (Paris, Enghien, Caen, Vichy, Rambouillet, Vincennes).
In Cabourg, the race track extends over a 30 hectare area with a track of 1,200 metres in circumference. During the season, the race track
organises nocturnal races (Tuesday and Friday nights), and plenty of entertainment for horse enthusiasts.
The Duke de Morny, brother to Napoleon III, sponsored the construction of the Longchamp Racecourse in 1857, conceived and funded the Paris Grand Prix in 1863 and was responsible for the introduction of Deauville races.
The race courses were laid out and the stands built over 66 hectares on old reclaimed marshland at the foot of green hills. An express train linked Paris with the Trouville station rendering the course accessible to the Parisian public. Thus, the two very first race meetings were held on the banks of the river Touques on Sunday 14th and Monday 15th of August 1864.
The hippodrome at Touques reopened on July 30th 1995 after extensive renovation carried out between racing seasons. This introduced two new features, a restaurant boasting a panoramic view and a new race track.
This new track was soon replaced by a 2000 metre long sand track opened on July 6th 2003. It was used for training and races whatever the weather, even in winter, and helped to preserve the grass courses. Hence, it was possible for the first time in 2003 to schedule race meetings in December and January.