The seaside resort of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

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L'Hermitage © AntonyB/cc-by-sa-3.0

L’Hermitage © AntonyB/cc-by-sa-3.0

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, commonly referred to as Le Touquet, is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France. It has a population of 4,500. Le Touquet has a reputation as the most elegant holiday resort of northern France, the playground of rich Parisians, with many luxury hotels.

Since the mid-1990s, Le Touquet’s villas have become extremely fashionable amongst architecture lovers throughout Europe, rediscovering the “folie” of seaside architecture of both the Roaring Twenties and the 1930s. The most famous local architect is Louis Quetelart, whose style was named after him: Louis Quetelart Style.

Villa Wallone © AntonyB/cc-by-sa-3.0 Villa Saint-Augustin © AntonyB/cc-by-sa-3.0 Le petit château © moi-même/cc-by-sa-3.0 Le Palais de l'Europe © AntonyB/cc-by-sa-3.0 Hotel Westminster © JBCousin/cc-by-sa-3.0 L'Hermitage © AntonyB/cc-by-sa-3.0
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The resort was created in 1876 by Hippolyte de Villemessant (1812–1879), founder and owner of the Paris newspaper, Le Figaro. Then this was an area of wild sand dunes and forest – part of a hunting estate. Its name came from a Picard word meaning “corner”, and was originally applied to the area of coast nearby. It became known as “Paris by the sea”, and strict building regulations encouraged the most talented architects to create imaginative and innovative developments.

Inland from the beach, hotels, a casino and a horse racing course, a wide range of sports, particularly golf are offered. The Casino de la forêt provided the inspiration of the casino of Royale-les-Eaux in Casino Royale. Every year in February, a motorbike and quad race called ‘Enduro’ is held where bikes race along the beach and through the dunes.

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