Updated on 7 April 2023
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Normandy’s a great place to be in love! My partner Julien and I had promised each other a special adventure during our trip to Calvados. And what better way to experience the Flowered Coast’s natural scenery than on horseback? We headed off on a memorable horse ride with Ophélie and her horses along the golden sandy beach of Cabourg.
Meeting the team
Low tide. Fine weather. Appropriate clothing. Our checklist is ticked off for the ultimate equestrian adventure together! Julien and I meet up with our friendly instructor Ophélie at the Centre Equestre Poney Club de Cabourg Le Home. Open all year round, this riding club right next to the seashore is home to 48 horses and ponies, and welcomes riders of all levels and ages. We are introduced to three stunning, tall horses by the names of Balou, Sagesse and Choco, who have been carefully selected for us because they are beautifully responsive to beginner riders.
Getting the horses ready
From the start, Ophélie gives us all the tips to establish a good relationship with our horses. It’s time for a bit of grooming, an unmissable ritual before we saddle up. We first use the curry comb to make sure all the dirt is loose from the coat of the horse. To clean the horses, we then use several hard and soft brushes. Grooming horses is actually an intimate interaction: it relieves the itches, stimulates circulation, and keeps their skin and coat healthy. As we start bonding, they express great enjoyment, softly closing their eyes and relaxing.
Time to saddle Up
After a last check-up on the horses, we follow Ophélie to the riding ring for some basic reminders on how to guide them, move forward, turn, stop… To mount our horses, we approach them on the left side, place our left foot in the left stirrup, and pull ourselves on our horse. Now we are ready to head to the beach!
Horse-riding on the beach
We reach the beach after a few minutes only, discovering a long picture-perfect stretch of golden sand, bathed in sunshine. Facing beautiful waterfront Belle Epoque villas, Cabourg offers an extensive sandy beach that make it ideal for horse riding, especially at the end of the day, when the beach is empty. We listen to the soothing sounds of crashing waves and feel the wind in our faces as we horse ride across this breathtaking beach, gaining a newfound sense of freedom ! What a fabulous feeling to share with your loved-one!
champagne at sunset
Contemplating the spectacular surroundings and peaceful setting, we happily canter in awe across the beach, right up to Merville-Franceville-Plage and its sand dunes. Ophélie has a surprise for us, timing it just right so that we arrive at the beach at a perfect time. A private terrace with a glass of bubbly awaits, leaving us mesmerized and our hearts pounding. Cheers! After the romance of the sunset, it’s time for more action to get back to Cabourg. We saddle up again, trot along at our pace, and even gallop through the water! What a one-of-a-kind experience!
With its beautiful sandy beach and 19th-century Belle Epoque architecture, Cabourg on Normandy’s Flowered Coast is a charming seaside resort most commonly associated with writer Marcel Proust and his famous novel, In Search of Lost Time.
Find out more about Cabourg
Couples’ romantic horse ride on the beach (reservation only)
Bronze and Gold options: Horse ride, candlelight, champagne (1h30)
School holidays: €220 / Term-time: €250 – per couple
From March to mid-October
June, July, August and September: Horse rides take place at the end of the day, to avoid crowds on the beach. Times are subject to tides.
In seasons other than summer, please enquire for times as they are subject to tides and availability.