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Based in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region of north-western France, Deauville has been transformed from a small quaint village into a luxury resort by the sea. The first references to the village were around 1060 but it was only later, in the 1800s, that Deauville began to receive attention, and through it, development. In 1860 the Duke de Morny decided to drain the marshes on which Deauville sat and build a resort. The town acquired a railway, villas, a casino and later a racecourse.
The World Wars halted the town’s development as hotels were turned into hospitals for wounded soldiers. But soon into the post-war period, Deauville didn’t look back as it continued to exploit its position on the sand dunes and develop its facilities to cater for visitors. It has become somewhat of a cultural hub, attracting many artists and designers over the years as well as hosting major international events.