This stately town overlooking the sea is a quieter and more peaceful version of neighbouring Douville, so dear to Proust that it was described under the false name of Balbec in In the Shadow of the Maidens in Bloom.
Even today, you can still breathe in that slightly decadent atmosphere so beloved of the writer while sipping tea or visiting the casino.
Cabourg is a famous seaside resort beloved throughout Europe for its exquisitely belle-epoque atmosphere: framed by an enchanting beach, the town is embellished by the villas of the Parisian haute bourgeoisie and aristocracy, built in the early 1900s.
The Promenade Marcel Proust is a must-see during a visit to the town of Cabourg. More than 4 kilometres long, this route is perfect for leisurely strolls and is named after the famous writer who lived in Cabourg for a long time. Along the walk, you can read literary extracts from Proust’s works on panels.
It is the best place to admire superb sunsets and breathe in the sea air, with a beautiful view of the hills of the Côte Fleurie and Le Havre.
Also along the Promenade Marcel Proust, you can discover the Méridien de l’Amour, a true open-air museum dedicated to the universality of love.
In this magnificent symbolic place, five columns representing the five continents have been positioned, and on each one is engraved the word love in almost 104 different languages. The work was created by the Paris Mint and inaugurated on 8 June 2016 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Cabourg Film Festival.
The project was made possible thanks to a crowdfunding operation: almost 35,000 euros were raised to realise this ambitious project.
At 4 kilometres long, the beach of Cabourg is a perfect place to relax: a piece of paradise with its turquoise waters and its expanse of fine sand.
During the summer season, various activities can be practised here and the beach is equipped with deckchairs, parasols and cabins for the convenience of visitors. The Beach Club also regularly organises water sports for children.
Les Halles des Marché is a must-visit place in the city: renowned for its authenticity and lively atmosphere, it is the perfect place to find fresh, local and tasty produce. You will find more than fifteen small local traders displaying, offering and selling the best local products.
The market also hosts other shops selling local handicrafts, clothing and souvenirs.
If you are travelling with young children, you have the opportunity to visit the town in an original way, on board the Tourist Train.
The tour lasts about 45 minutes and will take you to discover all the most beautiful places in Cabourg, comfortably seated with your children. You will see the must-see places in the town such as the Casino gardens, the Grand-Hotel or even Cap Cabourg, while the driver will not hesitate to tell you amusing anecdotes about the town’s history.
During the tour, you can admire the elegant architecture of the aristocratic villas.
Although not in the heart of the centre, this church is a true symbol of 19th-century architecture that has survived the centuries and bombings.
Built when Cabourg had just developed, the Saint-Michel church has never ceased to welcome the local faithful. Note the beauty of its façade, its bell tower-portico and the large doorway decorated with a rose.
To experience the old-world charm of the city and its customs at first hand, we recommend a visit to the Cabourg Hippodrome.
Open all year round, this establishment was created in 1928 by General Gossard. Inside, you can watch various horse races and enjoy local cuisine in a gourmet restaurant.
The casino is the ideal place to relax during your holidays. With a large gaming room set up in a superb theatre, this casino is quite special: in fact, from its terraces you can enjoy an incredible view of the sea. The Casino of Cabourg has 75 slot machines and many electronic roulette machines.
The casino is not only reserved for games of chance. It also has a renowned restaurant, Kaz. Situated on a vast terrace of almost 400 square metres, it offers customers a wide variety of local and seafood products and numerous events and musical evenings are regularly organised, offering tourists the opportunity to enjoy themselves.
This building in perfect belle époque style was immortalised several times by Marcel Proust, who loved to stay here for long periods. In fact, the famous writer was a regular guest between 1907 and 1914.
From here, Proust loved to contemplate the tides, sitting on the balconies of the many rooms overlooking the sea or the flower gardens.
If you need some relaxation to take your mind off everyday worries, then we recommend spending some time at Thalazur, a thalassotherapy centre located right by the sea. You can choose delicious relaxation and beauty treatments, facials, body massages, seawater treatments, sauna, hammam, waxing, make-up or even a heated swimming pool.
It is the ideal place to completely relax and release all tensions in a nice and cosy environment.
In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article
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Cabourg is located in the Calvados department, very close to the landing beaches.