Cabourg

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Cabourg
CabourgPlage.jpg
Coat of arms of Cabourg
Coat of arms
Cabourg is located in France
Cabourg
Cabourg
Coordinates: 49°17′17″N 0°06′59″W / 49.2879810°N 0.1162920°W / 49.2879810; -0.1162920Coordinates: 49°17′17″N 0°06′59″W / 49.2879810°N 0.1162920°W / 49.2879810; -0.1162920
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Cabourg
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Paul Henriet
Area
 • Land1 5.52 km2 (2.13 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 4,026
 • Population2 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.

History[edit]

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]

Population[edit]

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%

Climate[edit]

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

Culture[edit]

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

Personalities[edit]

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[edit]

Cabourg has relations with the following cities:[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ George D. Painter, Proust: The Later Years (Little, Brown, 1965), p. 84
  2. ^ Cabourg (Balbec)
  3. ^ "Relations Internationales". cabourg.net. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 

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