History of Le Touquet

 
 

LE TOUQUET, A RESORT BETWEEN SEA AND WOODLAND


In 1837, notary Alphonse Jean-Baptiste Daloz bought the estate of Le Touquet which was at that time nothing more than wild dunes overlooking the estuary of the river Canche. He planted pine trees and other varieties so that at the end of the century the woodlands completed the presence of the sea and inspired Hippolyte de Villemessant, known as the director of the Figaro magazine. This friend of Alphonse Daloz, fascinated by this exceptional natural environment, imagined a new resort promoted under the attractive name of Paris-Plage.


At the end of the 19th century, an English businessman, Sir John Whitley, who developed the trend of the seaside resorts in England, was so excited by the region that he founded the Touquet Syndicate Limited. This business operation allowed him to expand the built-up area, to increase the number of facilities and to develop the tourism and hotel business from the beginning of the 20th century. The prosperity of Le Touquet was mostly encouraged by the British presence. Consequently the diversity of the architecture was the expression of the constant evolution of the resort. From then on, Le Touquet was worldwide renowned.

The interwar period marked the time when the seaside resort turned to a more glamorous town devoted to sports and elegance. After the “Arcachon du Nord” (“the Arcachon of the North”) which was promoted by the pre-war advertising campaigns, followed the concept of the “Jardin de la Manche” (“the garden of the channel”) presenting villas standing along lovely ways crossing the woodlands, perched at the top of the dunes or hidden at the bottom.

In 1932, as the 50th anniversary of the resort of Le Touquet was celebrated, it was possible to present a complete and well-ordered town having available all services. The resort had become a residential dream place thanks to the arrangement of the natural sites and the good taste of the architects who aspired to a closer link between nature and architecture. This architectural debate leaded to the invention of the “style modern touquettois” (“Le Touquet modern style”) which became through the influence of architect Louis Quételart the appointed architectural identity of Le Touquet.

Historical monuments

 
 
 

Guided visits

 
 

On foot, by bike, by tourist train or even by Segway®…Solo, with friends, with family…More nature, more architecture? There are thousands of ways to explore Le Touquet-Paris-Plage!
Take a guided tour, learn about the resort’s past and be dazzled by the scenery in the Pearl of the Opal Coast…



         
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