Built in 1887 and 3.6 kilometres long, the Promenade Marcel Proust extends along the beach of Cabourg, often nicknamed the romantics' beach". It is one of the longest pedestrian promenades in Europe.
Admire the view of the Norman coast, as well as the pretty villas by the sea. Stroll at your pace and take in the fresh sea air. At your feet is the queen of beaches, in this renowned seaside resort, made popular in the Belle Epoque.
The La Villersoise company lets you rent bikes (electric or regular) to discover the region of Calvados and Deauville. There is equipment for all ages. If there are several of you, you can also opt to rent tandems or even quadriplettes, as well as karts and sulkies.
La Villersoise also organises guided walks and also runs events: marriages, parties, seminars, etc.
A bike sale service is also available.
Like Gold Beach, Sword Beach was one of the Normandy landing beaches taken by the British as part of the important day which ended World War II.
British troops of the 3rd Infantry Division landed first on Sword Beach, which extends between Lion sur Mer to the west and Ouistreham to the east. The British allied landings were limited to a 2km stretch, between Hermanville sur Mer and Colleville-sur-Orne, divided into two sectors: Queen White and Queen Red.
On the evening of June 6th, 1944, the 3rd Division disembarked 2,8845 men and 2,603 vehicles. 630 men were killed or wounded in action.
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.
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.