Cote de Fleurie

Cabourg Dives Houlgate

The Cote Fleurie stretches for 15 kilometers between Cabourg and Honfleur. During the Second Empire, it was transformed from an area of small fishing villages and salt-marshes into an area of up-market bathing resorts.


Cabourg was designed in 1860 to compete with the new resorts of Trouville and Deauville.

It was here that in 1058, William the Conqueror had driven the troops of the French king Henri 1 back into the sea.

Its Grand Hotel, two years after Houlgate.

The grand hotel is famous via the work of Marcel Proust. He spent much time here from 1907, writing large sections of ‘Rememberance of Things Past’. Characterized as Balbec

Its 2-kilometer-long promenade is known as the Promenade Marcel Proust.


Dives-sur-Mer lies on the opposite side of the river to Cabourg.

The sea has retreated about 2 kms since mediaeval times.

The town has never forgotten the events of 12. September 1066, when it acted as an assembly point for 700 ships and 50 000 troops set to invade England.(The final gathering point was Valery-en-Somme).




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