Cabourg

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Cabourg
Cabourg Beach
Cabourg Beach
Coat of arms of Cabourg
Coat of arms
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 (2015-2020) Tristan Duval
Area
1
5.52 km2 (2.13 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
3,698
 • Density670/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 is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region of 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.

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.[2]

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
20063,965—    
20074,027+1.6%
20084,026−0.0%
20094,005−0.5%
20103,889−2.9%
20113,800−2.3%
20123,712−2.3%
20133,709−0.1%
20143,673−1.0%
20153,664−0.2%
20163,657−0.2%

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.[3]

International relations[edit]

Cabourg has relations with the following cities:[4]

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 by Kevin Doherty.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ George D. Painter, Proust: The Later Years (Little, Brown, 1965), p. 84
  3. ^ Cabourg (Balbec)
  4. ^ "Relations Internationales". cabourg.net. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 26 April 2014.

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