As the world’s top tourist destination, France has strong arguments for attracting travelers. Its beach resorts, its mountains, its wooded plains are landscapes that the 90 million visitors came to discover in 2019 according to data from the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Recovery.
Beyond the city of Paris, small towns are also becoming more frequented. Nearly one in two French people live in a city of less than 10,000 inhabitants, according to the latest INSEE figures, updated in 2017.
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The online vacation rental comparator Likibu has just presented the list of the most searched French small towns on the Internet. At the top of the rankings is Florida’s coastal city of Deauville, which records about 145,600 tourist requests to Google each month, according to our Version Femina colleagues.
The “Kingdom of Elegance”
The seaside town, famous for its Promenade des Planches, its 1.5 km beach, its bathing cabins and its flowery coastline, offers a wide range of activities for passing visitors. According to INSEE, the population has less than 4,000 inhabitants all year round when, in the summer, the tourist offices receive 100,000 visitors compared to the 2020 figures.
Created just 162 years ago by the Duke of Morny, the swamps of Normandy were quickly transformed into a veritable “Kingdom of Elegance” just steps from the capital. “It arose from the sea and the wetlands thanks to the bold will of the Duke of Morny, Napoleon III’s half-brother, who dreamed of creating the ideal maritime station.”according to Philippe Augier, its mayor since 2021, it has since multiplied its assets.
Its villas, its racecourse, its railway line that connects Paris in 5 hours, its marina, its airport but also its luxury shops, its casinos and its car circuit. the city is today the temple of opulence.
The city of the 7th art
Although Deauville has inspired personalities such as Coco Chanel, who opened her first store there in 1913, the city is best known as the “Summer Hollywood” of Normandy. It has hosted more than sixty shootings, the first of which dates back to 1919 The God of chance with Gaby Deslys, great personality of the music hall.
You should also remember that We will go to Deauville (1962) with Louis De Funès, Michel Serrault, Claude Brasseur, Michel Galabru, or even A man and a woman (1966) by Claude Lelouch that won him both the Palme d’Or and the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Many film professionals have a home in Deauville. Rita Hayworth accompanied her husband, Prince Ali Khan, and invited Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, and Robert Mitchum. In 1966, Alain Barrière offered land to Brigitte Bardot and Gunter Sachs, a strong symbol, although his house was never built. Every year since 1975, the American Film Festival has been held, bringing together the great stars of American cinema. The 2022 edition will take place from 2 to 10 September.
145,600 applications per month
Among the 4,300 small towns in France, Deauville has won the most sought-after award on the Internet, ahead of Hossegor, Honfleur and Cassis. The search engine conducted the survey in April 2022 based on the queries recorded only on the name of the city, and those associated with the questions “What to do?”, “What to see?” and “What to visit?”
Today, 145,600 Google requests are made to the municipality each month. For those who want to stay longer, it is best to avoid last minute bookings. Deauville only has 1,109 hotel rooms – and there are no campsites, youth hostels or holiday villages – according to INSEE and DGE data recorded in January 2020. However, there are 1,907 beds available, in parallel. In the tourist residences of the city.
The 10 most searched small French villages on the Internet
1. Deauville (Calvados, Normandy): 145,600 requests
2. Hossegor (Landes, New Aquitaine): 137,670 requests
3. Honfleur (Calvados, Normandy): 120,370 requests
4. Cassis (Boques-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur): 118,260 requests
5. Collioure (Pyrenees Orientales, Occitania): 114,200 requests
6. Sarlat-la-Canéda (Dordogne, New Aquitaine): 106,290 requests
7. Le Grau-du-Roi (Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon): 105,370 requests
8. Chamonix (Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes): 98,850 requests
9. Lège-Cap-Ferret (Gironde, New Aquitaine): 96,180 requests
10. Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Boques-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur): 95,930 requests
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