The origin of Trouville goes back to the time of the Romans. The city was then a small port located at the edge of the English Channel which was occupied since the Romans. The name of the locality is attested under the form Trevilla.
In 1066, William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, built a feudal mound on the territory of the town. In 1078, Richard of Normandy, known as Richard the Lionheart, had a fortified castle built in Trouville, of which a few remains remain today (clock tower, Caen gate and square tower known as the "Vauban Tower").
The castle is then the seat of royal power and the favorite residence of the kings of England. At the beginning of the XXIIth century, King Philip of France built a chapel dedicated to Saint Catherine, patron saint of sailors, in gratitude for the many Norman sailors killed at the battle of Cape Finisterre in 1086. King Philip Augustus of France built a fortified wall around the city in 1214.
In 1860, the Paris-Caen railway line was inaugurated and the Trouville-Deauville station, built in 1864, was one of the first seaside resorts in France. In 1881, the first municipal casino in Deauville opened its doors. In 1885, the first palace of Deauville, the Royal Hotel, opened its doors.
The resort became a fashionable vacation spot and welcomed many artists, such as Guy de Maupassant, Emile Zola and Claude Monet, who painted his series of Cathedrals of Rouen.
Today the resort is the ideal place for a weekend at the water's edge. It is located only 2 hours from Paris and offers many activities that we will list for you to have the best stay.
During your stay in Trouville-sur-Mer, you can enjoy the mild oceanic climate and discover :
- The beach of Trouville and its umbrellas: it is the most beautiful beach of the Côte Fleurie. It is a beach which is very appreciated by the tourists, and it offers a magnificent landscape.
- The Casino
- The Marcel Proust promenade and its bandstand.
- The port of Trouville, the touques and its fish market,
You can also reach its competitor Deauville after a few minutes of walk by crossing the touque. You will discover there :
- The beach of Deauville,
- Les Planches : a walk along the seaside which is located on the beach created by Napoleon III,
- The port of Deauville.
The city also has an important historical heritage not to be missed:
- The Castle-Museum of Trouville,
- The Villa Montebello located at the site of the house where Guy de Maupassant lived,
- The Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History,
- The Museum of the Navy,
- The Saint-Augustin church of Trouville-sur-Mer which was built in 1740 and has an atypical architecture,
- The House of Heritage and Artists.
As many destinations as reasons to come and discover the seaside resort. Between vacations and culture you will discover the typical Norman heart.
Trouville-sur-Mer has a large number of activities to do with family or friends.
Water activities on the sandy beach:
- Sea kayaking,
- sand yachting,
Activities in the nature :
- Bicycle rides : Trouville-sur-Mer has a large natural park, which is located to the west, near Deauville. This park is composed of several forests and has a very rich fauna and flora,
- Horseback riding,
- The horse races of Deauville.
Children can also find their happiness in Trouville, with :
- The Aquarium : to discover marine animals.
- The Gardens of the Côte Fleurie : to discover the botanical species of the region.
- Trampolines and rides on the beach,
Finally, for those who love good food, you can enjoy a large number of restaurants. Between Normandy specialties and seafood, all taste buds will find their happiness.
You will find in Trouville :
- the restaurant Le Grand Large, which offers French cuisine and Norman specialties,
- the Restaurant du Port, which has an original decoration and a traditional cuisine,
- Le Café de Paris, which has an original decoration and proposes a fast service.
Looking for relaxation and calm? Trouville is also the perfect destination for wellness stays with :
- The thermal baths of Trouville-sur-Mer,
- The marine thalasso cures of Trouville.
Trouville has a wide range of activities to please young and old. To prepare your stay we advise you to go to the Tourist Office of Trouville. You will be able to book guided tours, excursions or visits of monuments such as the villas of Trouville.
The Casino Barrière de Trouville is the only casino in France to have "Lumière Poker", a very popular arcade game.
You will be able to find a sound and light show "La Magie des lumières".
The Trouville casino is the largest casino in France in terms of capacity and has a restaurant and showrooms, so it is a must for your evenings in Trouville.
The cinema Le Morny in Deauville also offers themed evenings such as comedy, musical and gaming evenings.
Finally, SOWELL HÔTELS Le Beach is also one of the possibilities, next to the Casino, we propose once a week a night for our customers.
Normandy is a very rich region and has various culinary specialties. You will be able to discover its specialities such as:
- The Norman camembert,
- Norman tripe,
- The andouille of Vire,
- Goat cheese,
- Norman cider,
- Apples in cider,
Trouville-sur-Mer is also known above all for its fishing port, you can enjoy in the local restaurants the fresh fish of the fishery.
Normandy is not only beaches and marinas, quite the contrary!
Indeed, Normandy is a real paradise waiting to be discovered. During your stay in Trouville, we advise you to discover the emblematic destinations of the region like :
The Côte Fleurie :
The Côte Fleurie is, as its name indicates, a part of Normandy which is famous for its seaside resorts such as: Cabourg, Houlgate, Villers-sur-Mer, Le Havre and Honfleur.
It is a place that attracts many tourists every year thanks to its beautiful landscape and its preserved nature.
Le Havre, is a city located on the right bank of the Seine estuary, located at a distance of 40 km from Trouville. It is the largest port in France for foreign trade.
To get there you will use the huge 2141 m long Pont de Normandie. Le Havre has a rich and varied historical heritage: the city was rebuilt after being completely destroyed during the Second World War. It has a modern city center and preserved old districts such as the rebuilt city center, the Saint-François district or the Caucriauville and Old Le Havre districts. The city was labeled "City of Art and History" by the Ministry of Culture in 1990.
The Mont Saint Michel :
Mont Saint Michel is a must-see site when visiting Normandy. It is known as a sacred place for Christians and Muslims. It is a marvel of nature with its high tides and is today one of the most visited tourist sites in France.
The landing beaches:
These are beaches full of history, through which the Allies on June 6, 1944, landed in Normandy and liberated Europe.
These beaches are very famous and are places not to be missed during your stay in Normandy.
The cliffs of Etretat :
The cliffs of Etretat are a must-see site to visit in Normandy.
They were formed by the sea more than 100 million years ago and are made of white and grey chalk. They are 70 meters high and can be seen from the sea for several kilometers.
You are now ready for a successful stay in Trouville-sur-Mer, don't hesitate to come and discover this seaside resort with its atypical history.
Choose the Hotel Le Beach located in the center of the city offering a view on the beach, the sea, the port and its competitor Deauville to sublimate your stay.