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Visit Villerville (Normandy, France)

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The quiet seaside town of Villerville is situated on the Normandy Riviera with the chic town of Deauville and the busy seaside town of Trouville to the west and the magnificent medieval port of Honfleur to the east.

Villerville, along with its better known neighbours, developed as a resort in the late 19th century and has a selection of lovely villas from the ‘Belle Epoque’ but since then has been almost forgotten and the result is a much quieter seaside town than its neighbours.

Exploring Villerville

Because of its relative calm, its lack of commercial development and its proximity to the countryside, Villerville has had something of a resurgence of popularity in recent years - although it is still nowhere as visited (or as posh) as Deauville and Trouville, for example.

beach in Villerville

The main attraction in Villerville is the long beach, which is a mix of sand and pebbles: there is a small beach in the town centre and a much more extensive sandy beach running south-west towards Trouville. In the town, the beach can only be accessed at low tide.

Across the sea from the beach the view is of the port of Le Havre rather than an endless expanse of blue ocean, which perhaps detracts slightly from the appeal. Behind the beach there is a long promenade, and also the natural area called Les Graves which is now a protected area of woodlands, play areas and footpaths that lead to the beach.

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Villerville itself has a small historic centre with narrow streets of attractive half-timbered houses, many of them now cafes and shops. The town also has a lavoir (communal washing area of days gone by) and a church with a stone roof - these stone roofed churches are very rare and this one has been roofed with great slabs of stone rather than the small stone ‘tiles’ you occasionally see on churches.

Villerville is also now known in the area as a ‘village des livres’, (village of books) and its main street has many bookshops.

town centre in Villerville

The Tourist Office at Villerville is at 40 rue du Général Leclerc

Attractions nearby

One of the highlights of this region is the chance to walk in the open air, either along the coast looking at the cliffs or through the countryside, passed ancient manor houses. The tourist office can give you a very informative leaflet that suggests several walks around Villerville, from about two to ten kilometres long.

Most attractions here are based along the coast, with resorts such as Deauville and Trouville within easy reach and the lovely harbour resort of Honfleur just a few kilometres to the north-east of Villerville.

You can find more travel ideas in the Calvados guide and the Normandy guide.

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Map of Villerville and places nearby

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Trouville

Trouville

The long established resort at Trouville has retained lots of its 19th century villas, which provide much of the character of the town

Trouville guide
Deauville

Deauville

The resort of Deauville, established in the 19th century, is still one of the most upmarket beach resorts in Normandy

Deauville guide
Honfleur

Honfleur

There are lots of interesting things to see in Honfleur - if you can drag yourself away from the lovely harbour!

Honfleur guide
Le Havre

Le Havre

Le Havre centre is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, for the concrete city built after the destruction of the town in WW2

Le Havre guide
Villers-sur-Mer

Villers-sur-Mer

Villers-sur-Mer is one of several friendly beach resorts along the Normandy coast

Villers-sur-Mer guide
Houlgate

Houlgate

The beach is certainly the main attraction at Houlgate, and there are also some imposing 19th century villas to see

Houlgate guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Calvados

Address: Villerville, Trouville-sur-Mer, Lisieux, Normandy, 14113, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 49.4017, longitude 0.129444

Plan your visit to Villerville, Calvados

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Touques: ville fleurie 4* (7 km)
  • Honfleur: recommended detour (8 km)
  • Le Havre: town of art and history (10 km)
  • Cabourg: ville fleurie 4* (22 km)
  • Boutemont: remarkable garden (25 km)
  • Beuvron: most beautiful village (27 km)
  • Parc zoologique de Lisieux: zoo or wildlife park (28 km)
  • Pont-Audemer: recommended detour (28 km)
  • Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon: ville fleurie 4* (33 km)
  • Pegasus Bridge: site of natural beauty (34 km)
  • Falaises d'Etretat: site of natural beauty (34 km)
  • Abbaye de Caen (Caen): religious monument (43 km)

The French version of this page is at Villerville (Francais)

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