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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.
This unique setting which featured in the film Un homme et une femme, the beach at Deauville is recognised far and wide thanks to the colourful umbrellas and the boards featuring the names of film stars. Deauville beach is one of the most popular in Normandy. It never ceases to attract tourists and film stars on holiday with family or friends, enjoying the sandy beach.
The beach itself is incredibly long and wide, and thus ideal for joggers. It appears a little different with every tide and at every hour of the day ensuring an ever varied panorama. Horses and riders gallop along the edge of the water while kids play with kites among the famous blue and red umbrellas.
The cool water of the Normandy beach is especially invigorating and is an ideal place for children to swim as the sea in sunny Deauville is often very calm.
A visit to Deauville instantly brings the celluloid stars to mind as you enjoy a leisurely stroll along the famous Deauville boardwalk! Bordering the sandy beach, the boardwalk, which was created in 1923, became a fashionable place to see and be seen. The pretty bathing huts on the beach are named for the big stars who have participated in the Deauville American Film Festival.
Cycles Jamme lets you rent bikes to make the most of the Deauville region. You will be able to choose between the different types of bike: town bikes, mountain bikes or hybrid bikes. And for the children, there is the option of adding a trailer to these bikes to transport them.
This family store, founded in 1971, offers a comprehensive service in addition to the bicycle rental: the sale and repair of kick scooters, scooters and bicycles...
To make the most of the advantages of the sea and its thousand year-old benefits, plan a stop at the Thalasso de Deauville. Renovated in 2013, it offers all the next generation equipment.
The establishment offers stopovers, therapies and bespoke treatments for your well-being and relaxation.
The teams of professionals within this unique place will put everything in place for an original experience in the heart of the legendary seaside resort of the Norman coast.