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In the time of Napoleon III, Trouville emerged as a fashionable resort for taking in the sea air and indulging in the healing properties of thalassotherapy, or ocean bathing. The effects of this sudden affluence can be seen in the town's spectacular Belle Époque villas, casino and beachfront promenade. Trouville is also the ideal base for exploring its glamorous sister resort, Deauville (located on the opposite bank of the River Touques), as well as the D-Day Landing Beaches and the idyllic countryside of the Calvados interior. Whether you're planning a weekend with family in Trouville or a tranquil couples' retreat, Accor offers a choice of hotels for the best possible stay.
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If you're unsure what to do in Trouville, the town's tourism office is a good place to start, with helpful staff providing everything from personal recommendations to maps and leaflets. It's also ideally located on Boulevard Fernand Moureaux, a street that showcases Trouville-sur-Mer's architectural diversity, with beautiful half-timbered buildings rubbing shoulders with elegant neoclassical townhouses. No Trouville visit is complete without at least a few hours spent on one of the best beaches in Normandy, the Grande Plage de Trouville. Nicknamed the Queen of Beaches, its fine golden sand stretches for over a kilometre, providing plenty of space for everyone from sandcastle-building families to sunbathing locals and couples enjoying a leisurely stroll along the promenade. Together, Trouville and neighbouring Deauville also offer a wide range of sea-based activities, including sailing, jet-skiing, sea kayaking, scuba diving and kitesurfing. Not a fan of salt water? In the summer months, the promenade's open-air municipal pool is open to all visitors, with lifeguards on duty and a separate splash pool for children. Alternatively, explore how Trouville's intoxicating blend of sea and sand has inspired others at the Musée Villa Montebello, a magnificent 19th-century villa with a gorgeous oceanfront setting. Along with regular temporary exhibitions, the museum hosts two permanent fine art collections: one detailing the development of the Côte Fleurie as a centre for sea bathing and thalassotherapy, and the other dedicated to Trouville through the eyes of artists from the 19th century onwards. Come evening, don't miss the famous Casino Barrière Trouville. Housed in a spectacular building that dates back to the early 20th century, the casino offers a glamorous atmosphere for everything from casual gambling at the slot machines to high stakes table games including Black Jack, English Roulette and Ultimate Poker. The casino is also at the heart of after-dark entertainment in Trouville, with a nightclub and an exciting programme of concerts, cabaret and dinner shows. If you plan on staying longer than a night or two, you'll likely want to explore the best places in the wider Trouville-Deauville area. You can reach Deauville on foot, by crossing the harbour footbridge at low tide, or by taking the Bac de Trouville-Deauville ferry. With departures every five minutes, the ferry is a particularly picturesque way of reaching the newer resort, which is famous for its art deco promenade, the premier horse-racing events hosted at Hippodrome Deauville-La Touques, and the Deauville American Film Festival, held over 10 days every September.
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Seafood restaurants in Trouville offer a treasure trove of saltwater delicacies, including scallops, oysters, prawns and sole. To discover the provenance of these fruits de mer for yourself, head to the lively port with its historic covered fish market – a place to immerse yourself in a way of life that has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years while also tucking into magnificent seafood platters and a glass or two of local white wine at one of the many market stalls. The Calvados département is also famous for its productive farms and orchards, which yield a smorgasbord of seasonal ingredients for local chefs to choose from. From creamy soft livarot and camembert cheeses to quality pork and beef, this is a gourmand's paradise. Calvados apples also feature heavily, not only in sauces and desserts but also in the region's eponymous apple brandy. Enjoy your calvados as an apéritif, or as part of the tradition known as trou Normand, whereby a shot is poured over apple sorbet and served as a palate cleanser in between courses.
Accor offers a choice of hotels near the beach in Trouville-sur-Mer, with amenities ranging from terrace restaurants to fireside bars, and from thalassotherapy treatments to meeting rooms for those in town on business. If you're planning a romantic weekend in Trouville, it's hard to imagine a destination more fitting than the 5-star Cures Marines Hôtel Thalasso & Spa - MGallery, a boutique hotel housed in a wing of the art deco casino. Against a backdrop of painted frescoes and shimmering chandeliers, indulge in magical days and nights divided between the gourmet restaurant, heated saltwater pools and marine-inspired spa. Looking for something slightly more affordable? Accor also has plenty of hotels in neighbouring Deauville, all of which are within easy reach of Trouville's attractions. Choose an ibis styles property for attractive bed and breakfast rates, or stay within walking distance of Gare de Trouville-Deauville station for easy access to the rest of the Côte Fleurie. As well as being the terminus for a regional line to Dives-sur-Mer (famous for its medieval church and as the port from which William the Conqueror set out for England), the station offers an Intercités service to Paris Saint-Lazare that can get you to or from the capital in just over two hours.