Known as the Queen of the Côte Fleurie, Cabourg is a seaside resort well-known for its 4 km long sandy beach and its Belle Epoque atmosphere made famous by Marcel Proust in A la Recherche du Temps Perdu.
The villas of the haute-bourgeoisie and Parisian aristocracy add to the charm of this little seaside town which remains one of the most prestigious on the Normandy coast.
A simple fishing village, Cabourg was built on the Dives estuary, which was famously where William the conqueror assembled his fleet. In 1853, a Parisian lawyer, inspired by the beauty of the site, decided to set up a seaside resort. The first casino in Cabourg (built out of wood) was erected at that time. The resort became a popular tourist destination with the opening of the Paris Dives-Cabourg railway line. The Belle Epoque saw the construction of magnificent villas which played host to the cream of the aristocracy, and illustrious figures such as the writer Marcel Proust who made Cabourg famous in A la Recherche du Temps Perdu.
It has become an unmissable stop on the European and French film circuit: every year in June, the Cabourg Film Festival presents a month-long competition for feature films and shorts, premieres and, come nightfall, the projection of romantic classics on the beach with Ciné-Plage de Cabourg.
During the festival, the town plays host to some of the biggest names in French and international cinema: Isabelle Adjani, Emmanuelle Béart, Juliette Binoche, Claude Lelouch…
The quintessential romantic seaside resort, Cabourg is a must-visit destination for amateurs of architecture. Built from 1853 onwards, the new town of Cabourg was something of an experiment. The bourgeois classes, lovers of sea bathing and the inventors of ‘villégiature’ (a holidaying), gave free rein to the imaginations of architects to build their villas. To design the “new” Cabourg, Henri Durand-Morimbeau called upon a young architect from Caen, Paul Leroux, who gave the town its amphitheatre form. At the centre, the casino stands in for a stage, surrounded by villas. The roads were drawn as segments of circles to make carriage rides more pleasant.
Make the most of your holidays in Cabourg with a stay in our residences a stone’s throw from the beaches. The central beach along the Promenade Marcel Proust is the main beach with many events and attractions in summer (children’s club, pool, beach volley, sailing school, etc.) and its colourful cabins. Cap Cabourg beach, to the east, close to the mouth of the river Dives, is wilder and is lined with dunes.
In a romantic setting where both parasols and Proust cast long shadows, the casino of Cabourg on the sea front welcomes you 7 days a week from 10 am. This must-visit attraction for everyone at the heart of the resort offers slot machines, traditional and electronic roulette, black jack, poker, boule, a restaurant, a lounge bar with concerts and themed nights...
Cabourg boasts a new and ultra-modern hippodrome exclusively used for harness racing. This little ‘Vincennes of Normandy’ has quite a reputation, attracting the best harness racers in France for its famous night-time races. At dusk, the spectacle can be enjoyed from the stands, or from the panoramic restaurant. In July and August, many games and shows take place during the Estivales Festival at the hippodrome.