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Coat of arms of Cabourg
Coat of arms
Cabourg is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Cabourg
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Paul Henriet
Area1 5.52 km2 (2.13 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 4,026
 • Density 730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14117 / 14390
Elevation 0–15 m (0–49 ft)
(avg. 5 m or 16 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Cabourg is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region of France. Cabourg is on the coast of the English Channel, at the mouth of the river Dives. The back country is a plain, favourable to the culture of cereal. The town sits on the Côte Fleurie (Flowery Coast) and its population increases by over 40,000 during the summer.


It was from Cabourg that William the Conqueror drove the troops of Henry I of France back into the sea in 1058.

According to Marcel Proust's biographer George D. Painter:

But the modern Cabourg began in 1853 with the arrival of two Paris financiers in search of a new site for a luxurious watering-place. The railway age had made the Normandy coast accessible to holiday-makers; Dieppe, Trouville and Deauville to the east had already been discovered; but here the adventurers found a virgin expanse of barren dunes and level sea-sands ripe for development. By the 1880s an unreal city of villas and hotels had arisen, in a semicircle whose diameter was the seafront, whose centre was the Grand Hotel, and whose radii were traced by a fan-work of avenues shaded with limes and Normandy poplars.[1]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 3,022 —    
1968 3,067 +1.5%
1975 3,308 +7.9%
1982 3,238 −2.1%
1990 3,355 +3.6%
1999 3,520 +4.9%
2008 4,026 +14.4%


Cabourg is under the influence of an oceanic climate, with fresh summers and very mild winters.


Each year in June, Cabourg hosts the International Festival of the Romantic Movie.


Cabourg is famous for being Marcel Proust's favorite vacation place at the beginning of the 20th century; it is the inspiration for Balbec, the seaside resort in Proust's In Search of Lost Time.[2]

International relations

Cabourg has relations with the following cities:[3]

See also


  1. George D. Painter, Proust: The Later Years (Little, Brown, 1965), p. 84
  2. Cabourg (Balbec)
  3. "Relations Internationales". Retrieved 26 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Popular culture

  • The Cabourg area, including the small hamlet of Varaville, is the setting for some of the events in the novel Villa Normandie by Kevin Doherty.