Where to stay in Cabourg

Loger à Cabourg, Normandie

Are you heading to Normandy to discover one of France’s most beautiful regions? Here’s where to stay in Cabourg, one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Côte fleurie!

This splendid little town of 3,700 souls at the gateway to the Pays d’Auge, where Marcel Proust enjoyed staying at the now-famous Grand Hôtel, is located in the Calvados department, the jewel in the crown of the Normandy region. This important seaside resort, bordered by the waters of the English Channel, has always been – and more particularly during the Belle Époque and the inter-war years – a major vacation destination for the European bourgeoisie, not only French, but also English, Swiss and Russian. Indeed, it was in the 1920s that the town decided to focus on high-end tourism, building a myriad of luxury hotels on its waterfront, which made the Côte fleurie one of the region’s most popular resorts.

Have you decided to take in the sights and sounds of the Côte fleurie? Here’s our advice on how to make the most of your stay, and find the accommodation of your dreams in Cabourg!

Downtown

Centre-ville de Cabourg

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When you’re looking for a place to stay in Cabourg, you’ll soon discover that the town center has a very surprising feature: the streets that make it up form a spider’s web, with the statue of Charles Bertrand – a mayor of the town in the late 19th century – at its center, which led the locals to nickname him « the Spider ».

The historic center of this medieval town is breathtakingly beautiful, with its gigantic half-timbered buildings and sumptuous monuments; it’s easy to see why the haute bourgeoisie chooses to vacation here and live in sumptuous accommodations! Take a stroll along the lively avenues of the town center and enjoy an ice cream before enjoying the serenity of Aquilon Park, or dine in one of the many delicious restaurants in the town.

Of course, a number of charming but often overcrowded and overpriced hotels in Cabourg’s historic center make it easy to find a place to stay and enjoy all the practical conveniences of the pedestrian streets.

Promenade Marcel Proust

The Promenade Marcel Proust does not constitute a « district » in the strict sense of the word, but it does separate the historic center from Cabourg’s superb beach. It was along this dike, which stretches as far as Franceville, that the writer stayed at the Grand Hôtel: this listed historic monument, which still functions as a hotel, is one of the most sumptuous symbols of the Belle Époque and an emblem of the town, along with the famous Cabourg Casino, located right next door, and the town’s Miniature Golf Club, just to its right!

When you’re looking for a place to stay in Cabourg, the Promenade Marcel Proust may be one of the best places to stay, but it’s worth it if you’re on a budget: you can go jogging, take a family stroll, enjoy succulent seafood on the terrace of one of the town’s legendary restaurants, take in the invigorating sea air or listen to the seagulls while admiring the sunsets over the Bay of Seine.

Interesting fact: at almost four kilometers, the seawall is the longest pedestrian promenade in Europe! For more affordable accommodation in Cabourg, you can choose to rent accommodation on rental platforms, or opt for one of the many hotels offering rooms with a sea view. But here again, rates can be high in this upmarket seaside town!

The racecourse district

Quartier de l'hippodrome, Cabourg

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Horse racing has always been an institution in the region, and it’s only natural that the town should boast a top-class racecourse: even if you don’t play the races, rental accommodation is available in this peaceful district on the banks of the Dives, the local waterway. Second homes are plentiful and available most of the year, provided you can afford them. And for golf enthusiasts, there’s a nine-hole public golf course to the south of this residential area, popular with foreign visitors.