Travel Guide Trouville-sur-Mer
On the Côte Fleurie, the floral coast, in Normandy the seaside resort Trouville was created in the early 19th century. Deauville and Trouville are described as twin seaside towns, which are just divided by the River Touques. Both towns can easily be visited as they are located from a walking distance, a 5-minute drive or boat crossing.
Although the two look-a-like, they are both known for their own character. Trouville being a family oriented bathing place with their boardwalk, impressive mansions from the late 1800s and casinos. It is a bustling, relaxing and lively picturesque fishing port and well known for its gastronomy.
Trouville became famous thanks to the artists and writers who came here, as well as rich, influential visitors who invested in new building. Trouville now counts 4800 inhabitants.
The villas are all built in a different style. From Neo-Norman, Neo-Classical to Neo-Moorish and Neo-Parisian. Villa Montebello, built in 1866, can still be visited as this has been turned into a museum.
The fish market of Trouville exists from 1840, which is marked as a historic monument since 1991 and still runs every day.
Originally built for the rich Parisian who came to visit the town for the beach, nowadays Trouville counts 3 casinos. The most famous one is the Casino Barrière de Trouville.
A nice thing to do, it catching one of the boats to go for a sea cruise with Gulf Stream, which takes you on a tour around the two siblings: Deauville and Trouville by water. A nice way to explore the towns from a different angle!
Next to sunbathing and gambling in the casino, you can visit the Natur’Aquarium, the nautical center, play some golf, go horse riding or surfing, visit an exhibition, casino or festival or go for a stroll or wander down the little alleys to be surprised about the gorgeousness of this town!
Trouville is located 200 kilometers from Paris and therefore visited by a lot of Parisians during their weekends and holidays.
The nearest airport is Deauville-Saint-Gatien Airport and the train station, shared with neighbor Deauville is Trouville- Deauville central station.
The town offers many options in hotels, from budget to high-end luxury hotels like Hostellerie du Vallon and hotel Le Central. We stayed in hotel Le Fer à Cheval, which is only 400 meters located from the beach and 200 meters from the famous Barrière Casino. Breakfast is included, which can be enjoyed in the room or at the restaurant downstairs.
The beach, also known as the Queen of Beaches, stretches over 1200 m, and over 900 m of the boardwalk, called the Promonade Savignac. Unique to this beach are the villas aligned, that were built between 1860 and 1880.
Going for a stroll and cooling down or warming up at one of the restaurants or tea houses is a must do. Our pick is Jardin des Thés. A brand-new tea house overseeing the beach with enough spaces so warm up inside and a big terrace outside to cool down. Especially the afternoon tea is what they are known for!
Food & Drinks
Most of the restaurant (around 60) can be found around the quay an along the beach. The town is the place to feast on seafood, which you can’t miss as soon as you enter one of the many restaurants. Every day the fishermen unload their fish and shellfish, which gets directly distributed to the market stalls and restaurants. Fresher than fresh!
Trouville is famous for its gastronomy. Plateau de fruits de mer is something that can’t be missed in any restaurant. But another specialty of the town is Mackerel, cooked in white wine or grilled in Normandy butter.
As mentioned above, Jardin Des Thés is definitely a must visit when you go for a stroll along the beach. The owner is very proud of his tea house and is happy to tell you all about the different teas he is serving. Before you’ll know it you are behind the bar brewing your own tea!
We have had lunch at Brasserie Le Central and dinner at restaurant Bar Les 4 Chats. Brasserie The Central is located opposite of the harbor and fish market and definitely the place to be for fish lovers. Luckily for me, as a non-fish-lover, they had some meat options on the menu too! Although I have had a good meal, I would certainly recommend this to only fish and seafood lovers.
Restaurant Bar Les 4 Chats is divided into 3 venues: a bar, a restaurant, and a hotel. It is well known in Trouville and visited by many famous people, which pictures can be found in the hallway of the restaurant. It is a buzzing restaurant with a good vibe, friendly staff and most important: delicious food and good wines.
Ready to taste some French wines? Visit Les Etiquettes, a lovely small wine bar in the shopping street of Trouville. It only offers a couple of seats and them lovely (friendly) couple who own the bar, are service lots of different choices of wines and food.
Learn more about the Normandy region in France and read our Travel Guide Deauville and the Travel Guide Cabourg too!
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