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Visit the Ventes de Deauville horse show, home to the Deauville-La Touques Racecourse, the countryside around Deauville is the main horse breeding region in France and home to numerous stud farms. Deauville is internationally known for its horse culture, its famous tracks, Yearling sales and its multiple group one annual races. The important Ventes de Deauville yearling auction is held in mid-August each year at Deauville. Today Deauville also hosts competitions other than simply racing. These competitions include: Polo tournaments, horseshows, and the European championship of miniature horses.
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It’s a short drive to the imposing bulk of Mont St Michel, rising above its sweeping bay. Also within easy driving distance are the beaches, battlefields and sobering cemeteries of the 1944 D-Day landings, as well as the historic cities of Caen and Rouen and Bayeux, with its ancient tapestry.
With its gently rolling country and peaceful byways, this part of Normandy is ideal for cyclists at all ability levels. Bike hire is readily available and there’s an expanding network of safe way-marked trails.
This is the homeland of Calvados – the world’s finest apple brandy. Delegate someone else to do the driving, head for the orchards and savour distillery visits and samplings.
Gaming acquires a sophisticated ambience here. Dress to the nines and head to the glamorous Grand Casino.
Deauville is where Coco Chanel opened her second store, and for dedicated fashionistas this is truly a place to shop till you drop. You’ll find all the great designer labels in attendance as well as chic little boutiques selling high-quality, locally produced handicrafts. Normandy is not a wine region but the prices are good, or you could opt for local ciders and specialities like pommeau, a deliciously smooth blend of cider and Calvados. Like all self-respecting French towns, Deauville has a lively street market, sited on bustling Place Morny.
Food & Drink
The olive oil based cuisine of Mediterranean France gives way to cream and butter in Normandy, a region renowned for its flavoursome cheeses. Apples are used in both savoury and sweet dishes while there’s an abundance of fresh fish and seafood straight off the boats. A location opposite the lively fish market in next-door’s Trouville – a pedestrian ferry ride away ¬– gives a clue to the menu at popular Chez Marinette (154-156 boulevard Fernand-Moureaux, 02 3188 0321) while at the top end of the culinary scale is L’Etrier (Boulevard Cornuché, 02 3198 6633), presided over by master chef Eric Provost, a protégée of Joel Robluchon and Alain Ducasse.
The Barrière group operates casinos throughout France. Deauville’s Grand Casino (Rue Edmond Blanc) is the daddy – a majestic building set in the low hills behind town. The younger set is well catered for too. The dance music comes loud and hot at Le Seven (13 rue Albert Fracasse, 02 3188 4050) and Y Club (14 bis rue Désiré le Hoc, 02 3188 3091). Popular bars include Brok Café (14 rue Géneral De Gaulle, 02 3181 3081) and Hurricane (22 rue du Maréchal Foch, 02 3188 2996) in neighbouring Villers sur Mer.
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