Top 10 things to do on the Côte fleurie

Visiter la Côte Fleurie et le célèbre village de Honfleur

Planning a trip to Lower Normandy? Don’t forget to visit the Côte Fleurie! Here’s a guide to make sure you don’t miss a thing during your stay.

Lively seaside resorts, charming countryside and long, sandy beaches: a visit to the Côte Fleurie is to enjoy the full beauty of Normandy. This part of the Normandy coast, located in the Calvados region of Lower Normandy, stretches from Cabourg to Honfleur, bringing together some of the most emblematic corners of the Normandy coastline.

The resorts dotting the coastline are not only posh, but also (and obviously) full of flowers and undeniable charm. Just a two-hour drive from the Paris region, it’s an ideal destination with plenty to discover. To make sure you don’t miss a thing during your stay, here’s a selection of things to do on the Côte Fleurie.

1. Romantic Cabourg

La romantique ville de Cabourg sur la Côte Fleurie

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Cabourg is an elegant seaside resort to visit on the Côte Fleurie. Renowned as one of the world’s most romantic towns, it has retained its Belle Époque charm. With its prestigious architecture, Greco-Roman theater layout and gardens, Cabourg attracts tourists from all over the world.

If you’ve come for a few days, take a trip to the Grand Hôtel de Cabourg. Here, between 1907 and 1914, Marcel Proust was a regular guest. Cabourg is also a unique setting for enjoying the benefits of the sea. In short, this little town has more than enough to seduce you.

Cabourg mon amour festival

Since 2012, the « Cabourg mon amour » festival has been taking place in the dynamic town of Cabourg. Now a Normandy summer staple, this event brings together young French and international artists. Each year, it takes place on a dream spot: the Cap Cabourg beach.

2. Deauville, the famous

Le casino de Deauville

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Renowned for its festivities and prestigious establishments, Deauville is now an international reference. With its grand hotels, luxury boutiques and casino. Deauville is a must-see when visiting the Côte Fleurie.

With its elegant leisure activities and good taste, this seaside resort knows how to welcome its visitors in style. The 650-metre-long boardwalk is an astonishing sight. Admire the multicolored umbrellas as far as the eye can see, as well as deckchairs and bathing cabins bearing the names of American stars! When it’s time for the American Film Festival, Deauville rolls out its finest red carpet.

3. Côte Fleurie racecourses

L'hippodrome de deauville

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Calvados, and the Côte Fleurie in particular, is a land of horses. In the verdant Normandy countryside, you’ll find no fewer than four racecourses. Among the most famous in France are Cabourg and Deauville.

Attending a horse race at one of these racecourses will fill you with unforgettable memories. So let’s get trotting on the Côte Fleurie!

4. Houlgate, a lively, upmarket resort

Vue sur la plage et la campagne d'Houlgate

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Originally a quiet farming village, Houlgate has become a lively seaside resort. Its beach is one of the most popular on the Côte Fleurie.

Between villas, manor houses, townhouses and castles, there’s a lot to discover in Houlgate! Its rich and original heritage reflects the architectural eclecticism that reigned around 1900. Take a look at the New Normandy-style villas: with their pointed roofs and brick walls, they lend the town charm and character.

5. Villers-sur-Mer, the coquette

Visiter la Côte Fleurie : Couché de soleil sur la plage de Villers-sur-Mer

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Like many of the seaside resorts here, Villers-sur-Mer is very flowery. This peaceful destination is bordered by two protected natural areas: the Vaches Noires cliffs and the Blonville marsh.

The fine sandy scenery is complemented by 700 hectares of surrounding countryside. Facing the sea, the town center is charming and friendly, with its typical seaside architecture that so characterizes the Côte Fleurie.

6. Green Blonville-sur-Mer

Blonville-sur-Mer, au coeur de la Côte Fleurie

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With its three sandy beaches and lush green countryside, Blonville lies at the heart of the Côte Fleurie. Some beaches are only accessible at low tide. If some of its beaches are only accessible at low tide, it’s because Blonville lies at the foot of the cliffs of Mont Canisy. The latter overlooks the coast and offers extraordinary views of the sea. Whether you’re looking for cultural or sporting activities, Blonville will set the pace for your stay!

The Blonville marsh is another must-see when visiting the Côte Fleurie. This 110-hectare site of wet meadows, canals and ditches is ecologically rich. Although it’s right next to the sea, it’s actually a freshwater marsh, fed by the surrounding streams.

7. Falaises des Vaches Noires

Visiter la Côte Fleurie : la falaise des vaches nories

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Discover these exceptional cliffs! Between Houlgate and Villers-sur-Mer, the Vaches Noires cliffs are a must-see when visiting the Côte Fleurie. The name « Vaches Noires » derives from the presence of large blocks of chalk on the seaweed-covered beach. And their shape is said to evoke a herd of cows grazing at the foot of the cliff.

This is a place of incredible geological wealth. Enjoy the peace and quiet here, and admire the paragliders soaring from the cliffs.

8. Trouville, la maritime

Trouville en Normandie

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If you can’t decide between land and sea, choose Trouville! Nicknamed the « Queen of the Beaches », Trouville is the perfect combination of sea and countryside. Admire the architecture of the early days of the Belle Epoque as you stroll along the beaches, narrow streets and villas and palaces.

Celebrated by many artists, Trouville tells the story of many great names such as Gustave Flaubert. Soak up the atmosphere as you walk in their footsteps. Listed as a Historic Monument, don’t forget to visit Trouville’s fish market! Its fishing port is also a must-see on the Côte Fleurie.

9. A boat trip

deauville-bateau

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Visiting the Côte Fleurie means enjoying the beauty of its coastline. And there’s nothing quite like a boat trip!

Renting a boat lets you explore the beautiful Côte Fleurie as you please. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the landscape in a different way, as seen from the water. It’s the perfect way to round off your stay on the Côte Fleurie!

Find a boat to rent on the Côte fleurie

10. Artistic Honfleur

Le célèbre port de Honfleur

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End your stay at the mouth of the Seine! Here, in Honfleur, the Côte Fleurie comes to an end. The light of the estuary and the romantic panorama of the town between the two hills have always inspired painters, writers and musicians… The Seine and Honfleur are home to two must-see museums when visiting the Côte Fleurie: the Eugène Boudin and Erik Satie museums.

Honfleur immediately enchants visitors. This small town has made its mark on history over the centuries. As well as its cultural activities, the little port of Honfleur knows how to make a name for itself. Indeed, the town’s religious history and privileged geographical location are sure to attract visitors.

Here you are at the ideal starting point for a host of escapades to discover the treasures of Normandy!

How to get to the Côte Fleurie

Getting to the Côte Fleurie from Paris is easy.

  • In fact, depending on the city you wish to reach, the journey time will bearound 2 hours by car.
  • If you choose to take the bus, you’ll need to allow around 3 hours from the center of Paris. You’ll be able to make the journey easily, as four buses are scheduled each week. Tickets cost €11.
  • By train, you’ll need to allow 2 hours 15 minutes for the journey and around 30 euros.

Where to stay on the Côte Fleurie?

Each of the little towns on the Côte Fleurie welcomes you with open arms. The tricky part is choosing where to stay during your stay. There’s plenty of accommodation to choose from, all with their own advantages.

Let yourself be tempted by a romantic hotel in Cabourg, a gite in the Trouville countryside, or an Airbnb in Honfleur. To help you in your choice, perhaps a hotel comparator will be useful.

Hotel and accommodation map – Deauville,fr