In 1837, Alphonse Daloz bought the Le Touquet estate, a dune complex on which he planted more than 800 hectares of maritime pines. A few years later, his friend Hippolyte de Villemessant, founder of Le Figaro, charmed by the place he nicknamed "L'Arcachon du Nord", convinced him to make it the capital's seaside resort, which he undertook with the participation of the Englishman John Whitley. The new town, first located in the commune of Cucq, became Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, which was erected as a commune in 1912, and has always claimed this vocation as a place of relaxation and leisure for Parisians. Golf course, racecourse, tennis courts, luxury hotels and prestigious residences have developed rapidly since 1904. Le Touquet has been a testing ground for young architects who have been able to reconcile fantasy and respect for the natural environment. A number of prestigious buildings flourished until the 1930s, such as the Town Hall and Post Office, the racecourse stands, the Covered Market, the Canche Lighthouse and the Casino de la Forêt (now the Palais de l'Europe). 16 villas, now listed, illustrate the Touquetois style of their architecture at the time. The plots of land being narrow, it was on a vertical plane that these opulent villas were built, where lovers of social life liked to take refuge.

The forest environment, the proximity of Hardelot to the north, the protected natural site of Pointe du Touquet and the other beaches to the south, make a stay in Le Touquet exotic and invigorating. The possibilities of beautiful walks are always multiple and diverse, whether in the forest or in the dunes of the beach. Its beach, in particular, welcomes every summer thousands of tourists enjoying the fine sand and sees, in winter, the roaring engines of the famous Enduro du Touquet, called Enduropale since 2005!

The seaside resort of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012. Its interest in all sports has never wavered, whether collective or individual, as shown by the many sporting events that take place throughout the year, the many quality facilities available on the territory of the town and the many practitioners of sand yachting, golf, tennis, horseback riding, fishing, motor sports ...

One of the most dynamic seaside resorts in France, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage offers throughout the year all kinds of cultural, sporting or fun activities and events.

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