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THE HISTORY OF THE TOUQUET
LE TOUQUET “PARIS-BEACH”
Le Touquet “Paris-Plage” was born in 1837. Pine forests, sand dunes, beautiful beaches, and of course the sea itself - the beauty of the area was such that Villemessant, then director of Figaro, nicknamed the place Paris-Plage (Paris-Beach). An Englishman named Sir John Whitley loved the landscape so much that he decided to create a seaside resort here on the English model, and so Le Touquet came to be.
In the dynamism of the 20s and 30s Le Touquet became the playground of the rich and famous - the most fashionable resort in Europe. It gained wide renown as a worldly, devilishly charming little city, much loved for its natural setting of forest, dunes and sea, but also for its sport, culture and gastronomic pleasures.
In 1837, a wealthy Parisian notary named Alphonse Daloz bought the dune lands where Le Touquet sits and planted 800 hectares of pines, alders and poplars - creating the forest that still surrounds the city today. At the death of Daloz, Sir John Whitley and Allen Stoneham created the Touquet Syndicate Ltd and commissioned Charles Garnier, renowned architect, to design a "pleasure spot" there. A seaside resort like those then in fashion across the Channel was born, and soon celebrities, politicians and even royalty were pouring into the town of Le Touquet.
Surrounded by a vast forest and an opaline sea, Whitley and Stoneham set about making the resort into a world centre of sports. The 1900s saw international tennis tournaments, racing, and, of course, golf at Le Touquet. The golf resort of Le Touquet dates from 1904, when it was inaugurated by Lord Balfour, British Prime Minister. The La Mer course opened in 1931, but not before the Prince of Wales, Edward VIII, who loved to visit Le Touquet, had discreetly “tried” the course for a few days first.
Le Touquet : a bit of England in France
The British are fond of luxury hotels; Le Touquet boasts the glitzy Hotel des Anglais, Hermitage, Regina, Atlantic, Hotel du Golf and even two casinos. As Sir Whitley wished to make the resort the "paradise of sports", sports field was inaugurated in 1904 by Pierre de Coubertin himself !
The 1900s crown the biggest international tennis tournaments. Suzanne Lenglen won in Le Touquet that of 1913. The racecourse also saw its most glorious hours.
The 1900s crown the biggest international tennis tournaments. Suzanne Lenglen won in Le Touquet that of 1913. The racecourse also saw its most glorious hours.e complexe golfique du Touquet date, lui, de 1904. Inauguré par Lord Balfour, Premier ministre britannique, il propose les trois parcours que l’on connaît encore aujourd’hui.
Louis Blériot will begin his aeronautical trials on the dunes of Le Touquet in 1906, joined by Voisin, Farman and Caudron, big names in aviation. In the Roaring Twenties, Le Touquet also takes off. During the war, the English soldiers take refuge there. Once completed, the links between French and British are stronger than ever. Paris-Plage still sees many hotels rising, and its reputation becomes global. Countless personalitiesspend their holidays ... until the crisis of 1929. After dark days due to the Occupation, Le Touquet was reborn from the ashes. Rebuilt respecting the charm of the Old, the city becomes a conference center in 1970. Tourism is growing again and thalassotherapy is installed. With so many activities the year round, Le Touquet is truly the Four Seasons Resort!