Infinitely walkable thanks to its compact size and a visual treat with awe-inspiring architecture around every turn, the commune of Deauville in Calvados area of Normandy makes for a stunning seaside break. Believed to be the inspiration for the world's most famous spy, the coastal resort has built a reputation over the years as 'the queen of Norman beaches'.
Flight frequency: Several/Week
Currency: EUR (€)
Home to sun, sea, a stunning golf course and world-class horse racing, the resort town of Deauville in the Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy) region has long been a summer playground for the well-heeled. Combining a myriad of architectural styles with an air of Parisian chic, it's easy to see why thousands of visitors flock to the area each year. From the golden sands of the beachfront and the fresh sea air as you stroll down one of the boulevards to the glamour of the casino, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or are looking to explore the region, our travel guide below will help you get the most out of your trip.
No trip to Deauville would be complete without visiting the casino. Allegedly the inspiration for Ian Fleming's first Bond novel, Casino Royale, the magnificent building recently celebrated its centenary and offers a range of table games and slot machines. If all the excitement has worked up a hunger, take a trip around the corner to Le Spinnaker. Offering fresher-than-fresh seafood served with Asian-fusion flair, the Michelin Guide featured bistro makes for the perfect way to spend your winnings.
If designer wares are your thing, you'll feel right at home in Deauville. Offering the best of Parisian couture, the streets are lined with the likes of Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren. For a more wallet friendly shopping scene head over the river to the neighbouring town of Trouville-sur-Mer. Offering shops catering to a tourist crowd, the area is ideal for picking up souvenirs and mementos of your trip. Of course, no trip to the Calvados region of Lower Normandy would be complete without tasting the local tipple. The area is famed for its eponymous apple brandy and a trip to the nearby Château du Breuil makes for a great day out.
One of the main horse breeding regions in France, Deauville is famed the world over for its racecourse. Located a short walk from the beachfront, Deauville-La Touques Racecourse offers a variety of programmes that make for a thrilling day out. If you're visiting in September, don't be surprised if you spot a few of Hollywood's elite as the town plays host to the Deauville American Film Festival. Taking place since 1975, the annual event showcases the best Tinsel Town has to offer and has greeted the likes of George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Johnny Depp in past years.
Deauville-St Gatien is a regional airport located 7km east of Deauville in the Normandy region of France.
IATA code: DOL
Name: Deauville – Saint-Gatien Airport
Address: 14130 Saint-Gatien-des-Bois, France
Telephone: +33 2 31 65 65 65
Deauville-St Gatien Airport has 920 parking spaces available and the first hour is free. One week costs €33 and you can pay by a range of methods including cash, Visa and American Express.
Blue Van and Transf’Air Service offer shuttle services to and from the airport. Please check the airport's website for booking details.
Taxis are available from the rank located in front of the airport. A taxi from the airport to the town centre takes about 15 minutes and costs around €20. For more information, please check the airport's website.
A number of car hire companies, including Avis, operate in Deauville-St Gatien Airport. We recommend booking your car in advance to ensure a suitable vehicle is available.