Like its distant Basque cousin, Biarritz, Cabourg is one of those French resorts that has successfully retained its old soul. From a time when the Côte Fleurie, between Caen and Deauville, was resplendent with architectural elegance. Cabourg is the best representative of this opulence, with its incomparable seafront.
From the Grand Hotel to the casino and the opulent Normandy villas; with its endless sandy beach decorated with blue and white tents and its numerous mineral spring treatments, a visit to Cabourg is a real step back in time. A delightfully quaint gateway to the Belle Epoque, and the ghost of Marcel Proust who continues to float above this wonderfully cute destination.
But even though it seems frozen in time, the town of Cabourg is not a place to withdraw into itself. Sports activities abound, such as the numerous water activities offered there, like kite surfing, beach sailing or windsurfing. Thrill seekers will surely want to have a go at speed-sailing, a windsurfer on wheels. An unmissable stop-off for anyone looking to get into the spirit of Cabourg is the hippodrome, where night races at this "little Normandy Vincennes" prove to be a lavish spectacle, usually enjoyed at dusk in the summertime. And if the magic of horse-racing doesn't appeal to you, maybe the gastronomic wealth of Cabourg and its region will succeed. It's a safe bet that a dish of Normandy sole, pommes à la grivette or chicken from the Auge Valley, accompanied by a fruity glass of cider, will delight your taste buds. The more hedonistic among you can indulge in a tasting of local cheeses such as pont-l’évêque, livarot or pavé d’Auge before succumbing to a glass of Calvados. Saying no to this would be considered somewhat impolite in Normandy.