With its festival, beaches, race course, casino and Grand Hotel, Cabourg has more than one string to its bow to appeal to you.
Cabourg is a popular seaside resort on the estuary of the river dives, renowned for its 2½ mile long beach of fine sand and its Belle Epoque atmosphere, made famous by Marcel Proust. The early 20th century villas of the Parisian upper classes add to the charm of this small town centred on its Casino and unmissable Grand Hotel with its vast bay windows, described so well by Proust in A la recherche du temps perdu. Despite the inter-war recession, great artistic performers continued to come to Cabourg to perform. In 1956, Bruno Coquatrix, the manager of the Olympia, the famous Parisian music-hall, took over the management of the Casino in Cabourg. Piaf, Bécaud, Aznavour and many others all contributed a page to the history of the resort. Cabourg, given a "4 Flowers" rating in the "France in bloom" competition, is a wonderful place to have a taste of Norman romanticism.