The story
Until the 19th century, Cabourg was a modest fishing village with fewer than 200 inhabitants. It was in the second half of the 19th century that the wealthy bourgeoisie discovered the seaside appeal of the Normandy coast, and the most famous resorts sprang up.

In Cabourg, it was the construction of the Grand Hôtel in 1861 that kick-started what was to become the epitome of the Normandy resort at the beginning of the 20th century. More than the pleasures of the beach, it was the climate, with its invigorating iodine air, that seduced the wealthy owners of the sumptuous villas. They were built at a frenetic pace, competing in grandeur and refinement. Cabourg was also at the cutting edge of progress, with the construction of a tramway linking the town to Caen. Little by little, social life transformed the resort into a place of entertainment, with Parisian operetta and comic opera artists performing outdoors in Cabourg.

Marcel Proust stayed at the Grand Hôtel for more than 10 years in a row in the early 20th century, not only to treat his chronic asthma, but also to observe the haute bourgeoisie he would describe in "A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleur", the second volume of La recherche du temps perdu. Cabourg is described as Balbec.

After the First World War, it was above all the infrastructure that helped Cabourg shine in the 1930s, with the construction of a golf course, a racecourse and the first concrete tennis court - a material that Cabourg has otherwise managed to avoid until the present day. The romantic Belle-Epoque atmosphere epitomized by Proust has continued to this day, and Cabourg remains a favorite with lovers from all over the world.


Cabourg has preserved its heritage as a luxurious and attractive seaside resort to a far greater extent than its cousins, particularly Deauville. Proof of this is the seafront promenade, which is one of the most beautiful with its magnificent hotels and villas. The new buildings are discreet and, on the whole, well integrated. Similarly, the streets and squares have retained their neat, flowery, green appearance. The town center, partly pedestrianized, has also retained the charm of the upper-middle-class stores of yesteryear, with mainly small fashion and gourmet brands.

What to see
The first thing to do once you've settled into your OneRoom is to take a stroll along the seafront, starting at the Grand Hôtel, a romantic building with the bay windows so dear to Marcel Proust. The casino, dating from 1900, is equally worth a visit, and in the evening, a game of roulette is a must if you're feeling daring. While it's always possible to book a guided tour at the Tourist Office, the best way to discover Cabourg's magnificent villas, from half-timbered to Belle-Epoque, is to wander around as you please.

In summer, the most beautiful beach in Normandy awaits you at Cabourg. Magnificent sand, beach cabins, restrained crowds: nothing stands in the way of prolonged sunbathing. The seafront promenade stretches for three kilometers, making it the longest in Europe, and as it's pedestrian-only, it's the ideal playground for a jog. Of course, all water sports are available in Cabourg, from catamarans to kayaks. Nearby golf courses and equestrian centers will enable ball and horse enthusiasts to indulge their passion. And if it rains (which it never does in Normandy), there's a spa, cinema and exhibitions to keep you entertained.

While Cabourg hosts a number of arts festivals throughout the year, it's the Romantic Film Festival that best characterizes the town and its heritage. In 2016, the Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary, and for the occasion we were able to bump into Emmanuelle Béart, Juliette Binoche and Sandrine Bonnaire. The epitome of French romanticism.

How to get there
By car, Cabourg is just two hours from Paris (225 km). The Normandy freeway links Cabourg to the northern and eastern border countries, providing rapid access from the UK, the Netherlands and Germany. You can also come by train. The journey from Paris takes less than three hours.

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