The bustle of Trouville’s quayside carries on into the narrow alleyways that wind behind the port. It’s a pleasure to get lost here among the many restaurants and little shops that somehow squeeze into the haphazard collection of lanes. Eventually you’ll come to the grand Victorian villas along Les Planches, the first seaside boardwalk on the Normandy coast, which dates back to 1867. In those days, artists and writers including Gustave Flaubert, Marguerite Duras, Claude Monet, and Eugène Boudin flocked to Trouville’s beach, Plage de Trouville, captivated by the light and fresh air. Nowadays it’s a firm favorite with families, with a giant children’s play area, donkey rides, tennis courts, and the Piscine de Trouville ([tel] 02-31-14-48-10), an indoor freshwater pool that gets very crowded in summer. Depending on the season, bathers pay 6€ to 7€ per person. Hours are July to August daily 9:30am to 7:30pm, June and September daily 10am to 7pm, and October to May daily 10:30am to 7pm.
If you want to cross over to Deauville, you can take the little foot ferry that trundles back and forth at high tide (daily May–Sept; weekends and holidays only Oct–Apr; 1.20€) or the pedestrian walkway (same charge). Or just walk south to the permanent bridge, the Pont des Belges, which spans the Touques. On the Trouville quayside, you can rent bikes of all shapes and sizes by the hour at Les Trouvilllaises (www.lestrouvillaises.fr; [tel] 02-31-98-54-11; open from Mar 15–Oct 30).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.