Cabourg

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Cabourg
Cabourg Beach
Cabourg Beach
Flag of Cabourg
Coat of arms of Cabourg
Location of Cabourg
Cabourg is located in France
Cabourg
Cabourg
Cabourg is located in Normandy
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
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentCalvados
ArrondissementLisieux
CantonCabourg
IntercommunalityNormandie-Cabourg-Pays d'Auge
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Tristan Duval
Area
1
5.52 km2 (2.13 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[1]
3,558
 • Density640/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
14117 /14390
Elevation0–15 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.

Cabourg (French pronunciation: [kabuʁ] (listen); Norman: Cabouorg) is a commune in the Calvados department, region of Normandy, 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.

Geography[edit]

Cabourg is located between Caen and Deauville, part of the Côte Fleurie. The town is on the Dives river, across from Dives-sur-Mer.

On 1 January 2017, the town was transferred from the Arrondissement of Caen to that of Lisieux.[2]

Climate[edit]

Cabourg has an Oceanic climate with mild summers and cool winters. The proximity of the sea limits large variations in temperature and creates winters without much frost and summers without excessive heat. Wind is frequent.

Climate data for Cabourg
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F 45.1 46 50.9 54.9 61.3 66.6 70.9 71.1 67.5 60.6 51.6 46.6 57.7
Daily mean °F 40.1 40.8 44.4 47.8 54 58.6 63 63 59.2 53.4 45.9 41.7 50.9
Average low °F 35.2 35.4 37.8 40.8 45.9 50.7 54.1 54.1 51.1 46.2 40.3 36.9 44.1
Average precipitation inches 2.50 2.27 2.22 1.80 2.30 2.06 1.88 1.83 2.42 2.67 3.34 2.7 27.98
Average high °C 7.3 8 10.5 12.7 16.3 19.2 21.6 21.7 19.7 15.9 10.9 8.1 14.3
Daily mean °C 4.5 4.9 6.9 8.8 12 14.8 17 17 15.1 11.9 7.7 5.4 10.5
Average low °C 1.8 1.9 3.2 4.9 7.7 10.4 12.3 12.3 10.6 7.9 4.6 2.7 6.7
Average precipitation mm 63.5 57.6 56.3 45.6 58.4 52.3 47.7 46.5 61.4 67.7 84.9 69 710.8
Source: Infoclimat.fr

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.[3]

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 3,067—    
1975 3,308+1.09%
1982 3,238−0.31%
1990 3,355+0.44%
1999 3,520+0.53%
2007 4,027+1.70%
2012 3,712−1.62%
2017 3,650−0.34%
Source: INSEE[4]

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.[5]

International relations[edit]

Cabourg has relations with the following cities:[6]

Popular culture[edit]

  • The Cabourg area, including the small hamlet of Varaville, is the setting for some of the events in the novel Villa Normandie (Endeavour Press, 2015) by Kevin Doherty.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Recueil Des Actes Administratifs" (PDF). December 22, 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 18, 2021. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
  3. ^ George D. Painter, Proust: The Later Years (Little, Brown, 1965), p. 84
  4. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  5. ^ Cabourg (Balbec)
  6. ^ "Relations Internationales". cabourg.net. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 26 April 2014.

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