Along the Cote Fleurie (flowery coast), in the Normandy region of France, you will find one of the most family friendly seaside resort called Cabourg. It’s famous for its sandy beach and 20th century villas. Cabourg is known for the Grand Hotel, the Casino and the Belle Epoque architecture. It is the capital of trotting races in summer, where its show jumping is the most important one in France. But there is more..
Cabourg is built between 1850 and 1880 and has just over 4000 inhibitors. During summer, its population increases over 40.000.
The streets of the town are designed in the shape of a Greco-Roman theatre, which is something unique in Europe. Enjoy a stroll over the promenade, along the seaside, to admire its Belle Époque villas dating from the 1800’s. The Grand Hotel can’t be missed, that has been restored by Bruno Coquatrix (owner of the Olympia concert hall in Paris) and can be found in the heart of the Casino’s garden. Finish your day with a wander through the beautiful green and flowery parks and gardens.
Cabourg is a well-known town, visited by many tourists who are travelling through the Normandy region. There is a race-course which attracts tourists and visitors all year round, a film festival, light show, concerts, book fair and musical evening.
Besides sunbathing and other beach activities, Cabourg offers a lot of sport activities like golf, karts, horse tracks, swimming pools and a spa.
The Casino is built in the 1900s, which has a huge terrace overlooking the sea. It has over 75 gambling machines, a restaurant, bar and music entertainment.
When spending time in Cabourg in the weekend, we recommend visiting the market on Sunday morning to discover the local products.
Cabourg is easy to reach via plane, boat, train or by car. The nearest airport is Deauville-Saint-Gatien Airport. From Paris, it is around a 2 hour train ride to Deauville. Easiest way to get to Cabourg is to rent a car from Deauville. There are a few car rentals and they are located at a walking distance from the train station. From here, it is a 19 km drive to Cabourg, which takes you through the coast line, which makes it a very enjoyable ride.
The beach is kilometers long and for everyone who loves a bit of action during their holiday, there is more to do than sunbathing, such as wind surfing, canoeing in the sea and volleyball.
The promenade is 3.6 kilometers long, which makes it Europe’s longest! You’ll find many people enjoying a walk over the promenade, kids riding their bikes and runners enjoying the length of the promenade.
Where to stay
Cabourg offers a variety of hotels in town, but it is also easy to visit for just a day when you are staying somewhere else on the coast line.
We have stayed in the 4 star hotel Les Bains de Cabourg and we definitely recommend you to do too! When entering the hotel, you will notice how big the hotel is. But once you are inside, you won’t walk into these guests! Mainly because the hotel is offering a variety of services and of course, due to its great location: opposite the sea.
The majority of its guests are obviously coming for the thalassotherapy centre Cabourg. As a guest, you will have free access during your stay to the indoor-, heated- and salt-water pool, the sauna and the hammam.
As a cherry on the cake, you should book one of the treatments, where we would recommend the treatment where you will be getting a massage while enjoying the heat of a rainfall shower, while you are (in your bathing suit) laying down on the massage bed. Such an unique experience, but extremely relaxing because of the warms, feeling and sound of the water, while you are being massaged.
The rooms (165 in total) have a contemporary design, including a big balcony – if you are lucky – overseeing the ocean.
You will feel very relaxed, even after just a one night stay. Don’t be surprised though, when seeing guests enjoying their breakfast or maybe even a cocktail, in their bathrobe.
Where to eat
Visit Dupont avec un Thé Cabourg to enjoy a fresh cup of teat or hot chocolate with, of course, a madeleine. Have lunch at Le Poisson d’Argent or go for crepes at Creperie Des Oursons Cabourg. Fish lovers pay attention: visit the well-known restaurant The Baligan or walk into the Casino Cabourg for dinner, while enjoying the sunset.
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