Trouville- sur -Mer is a French seaside resort with 4789 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) in the department of Calvados in Normandy. It is located about 200 km northwest of Paris on the sandy coast of the English Channel.


In contrast to Deauville, a place in the immediate neighborhood on the other side of the Touques and designed by architect Brunet on the drawing board in 1859, Trouville is a historically grown fishing port. While Deauville early with regattas and horse racing attracted vacationers and came up with a rail link from Paris, Trouville could only draw the attention of the citizens to be as Eugène Cornuché there opened a casino in the late 19th century. Gradually the place became more popular, of which numerous magnificent buildings of the turn of the century testify. For tourists from England a ( no longer existing ) Pier was built, which should accommodate the passengers of the ferry from Le Havre. A well-known hotel on the pier were the Roches Noires, where later the writer Marguerite Duras had an apartment.

An architecturally outstanding villa, which was purchased by actor Gérard Depardieu, called Les Muriers and belonged Geneviève Straus, a daughter of the composer Fromental Halévy Jacques and wife of composer Georges Bizet. This villa, which is situated on one of the slopes that surround Trouville paradigmatic shows the Norman secular style which has become synonymous with the architecture of the spa and health resorts in Europe.

At the Villa Montebello is now the Musée de Trouville with city historic and art-historically interesting exhibits.

The Dutch garden designer Arend Jan van der Horst designed in Trouville the garden of a fisherman's hut.

The Côte Fleurie between Honfleur and Trouville is considered the cradle of Impressionism. There were working artists such as Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet.

Community partnerships

Trouville maintains partnerships with Barnstaple in Great Britain and with Vrchlabí in the Czech Republic.