|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Paul Henriet|
|Area1||5.52 km2 (2.13 sq mi)|
|• 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 located 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. Its population increases to some 40,000 during the summer.
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.
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 has relations with the following cities:
- Atlantic City, USA
- Bad Homburg, Germany
- Bromont, Canada
- Chur, Switzerland
- Jūrmala, Latvia
- Mayrhofen, Austria
- Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg
- Oussouye, Senegal
- Salcombe, United Kingdom
- Spa, Belgium
- Terracina, Italy
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