Updated on 19 October 2020
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Vélomaritime cycle route from Dives-sur-Mer to Cabourg
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Standing opposite the Grand Hôtel and the Casino, the Casino Gardens comprise an exceptional floral environment, boasting a host of hidden treasures: hardy, annual aromatic and vegetable bearing plants, all thriving in perfect harmony for the pleasure of your five senses!
Around the gardens, you can marvel at the splendid early 20th century villas that have preserved their Belle Époque charm. A range of architectural styles and wealth of materials combine to form an extraordinary, original yet harmonious whole.
The charm of the Grand Hôtel Cabourg is truly timeless, immortalised by Marcel Proust who developed a particular affection for the hotel. The hotel's spacious rooms offer views of the seafront or the floral garden, and the restaurant facing the promenade proposes delectable regional cuisine and memorable afternoon teas. For a family holiday, a romantic break or a business trip to Normandy… whatever the season, the Grand Hôtel Cabourg warmly welcomes you whilst paying particular attention to ensuring you everlasting pleasure. A Collection MGallery hotel.
Construite au début des années 1860 par et pour l'architecte Clément Parent.
La villa possède un escalier donnant sur un avant-corps robuste en pierre de Caen coiffé d'une toiture polygonale. On remarque la décoration de briques en forme de losanges.
Louis Parent, fils de Clément Parent compta parmi les amis de Marcel Proust.
La villa deviendra "La Villa du Temps retrouvé" qui transportera le visiteur au temps de la Belle Epoque et dans l'univers de Marcel Proust.
Les commerçants cabourgeais se réunissent sous les halles pour vous faire découvrir leurs produits et vous faire partager leur savoir-faire. Tous les commerces de bouche dans un même lieu !
Les halles sont ouvertes toute l'année le mercredi, vendredi, samedi et dimanche. Tous les jours durant les vacances de la zone C et en été.
Le mercredi et le dimanche (du mardi au dimanche en été), le marché se déploie autour des halles en plein air : artisans locaux, vêtements, food truck...
Within the port of Dives-sur-Mer Cabourg Houlgate, the Port Guillaume wet dock is perfectly equipped. You will also find a range of brasseries and stores on the quayside. Mechanics and boat repair specialists, shipyards, etc. come to complete the offer extended to visiting pleasure boaters.
Profitez du luxe absolu qui consiste à cuisiner un poisson fraîchement pêché. Un circuit on ne peut plus court, de la mer à l'assiette! Soles, limandes, turbots, maquereaux, moules, crevettes et autres crustacés, vous n'aurez que l'embarras du choix sur les étals des pêcheurs!
Tous les jours, en fonction des conditions météorologiques, de 8h30 à 12h30.
This former coaching inn on the coastal road from Caen to Rouen partly dates from the late 15th century. Several celebrities have stayed here.
In the late 19th century, when sea bathing was in vogue, rich clients took up residence and the inn enjoyed its most prosperous years under Monsieur Le Rémois. An avid art enthusiast, he adorned the Norman-style buildings with medieval or Renaissance style wood carvings. He purchased 17th and 18th century statues, vases and busts, which he had installed in the courtyard.
The Village of Art is open to visitors. Inside, you will find the Tourist Office, housing an exhibition of 14th century stained glass windows, named the ‘Anges Musiciens’ (musician angels).
Thanks to its remarkable heritage, Dives-sur-Mer is a unique destination on the Côte Fleurie coast. The town centre boasts a wealth of listed monuments: the medieval market, a local hotspot since the 15th century, the Bois-Hibout Manor, an elegant 17th century seigniorial dwelling, the Church of Notre-Dame, built as a pilgrimage site in the 11th century.
Dives-sur-Mer is also home to the harbour from where William the Conqueror’s fleet set off on its way to England in 1066. Remnants of this historic episode can be found here and there in the town.
A list of the names of William the Conqueror's 475 companions is engraved in stone above the church’s porch entrance. In the William the Conqueror Village of Art, a former post house converted into an inn in the 19th century, you can see a copy of part of the Bayeux Tapestry (Tourist Office hall).
The Port Guillaume marina is one of the other assets of this coastal town. The sailing school offers visitors and locals the opportunity to indulge in sailing, be they beginners or experienced seafarers. Several boat trips are organised by the master’s office and by other service providers. A pedestrian footbridge offers direct access to Cabourg beach.
The fishing port also has its own fish market, open in the mornings all year long.
For further information, the team at the Tourist Office is always delighted to help.
Dives-sur-Mer’s indoor market bears witness to this highly active trade point that probably dates back prior to the 11th century. Dating on structural wooden beams conducted in 2012 has established that the market’s construction dates from the early 15th century, between 1405 and 1423.
The building comprises a central nave and two symmetrical side aisles. The roof frame is supported by a series of 66 oak pillars, as were all major constructions at the time.
The market was originally an open building, up to the early 20th century. The present-day side aisles were recently added, in typical Pays d’Auge half-timbered style, comprising a wooden skeleton with cob (a mix of clay and hay) between the beams. The roof is covered with old tiles produced from local clay.
The wooden framework is in its original state. In the 1950s the eastern side of the market was closed. The floor was paved, which increased the level by around 20cm, and windows were added to the roofing to allow for natural light.
The building houses a highly popular market on Saturday mornings, where you can find an excellent choice of regional fare.
The centre of Dives-sur-Mer offers remarkable and quite unique heritage on the Côte Fleurie coast. The town’s history was marked, in particular, by the epic story of William the Conqueror who, in 1066, chose the Dives estuary to establish the naval construction yard, both to build and to gather his fleet pending his departure to conquer England. Among the town’s many listed monuments, the Church of Notre-Dame, which houses a list of William’s companions, the 17th century Bois-Hibout manor house, which was used as a Gendarmerie in the 19th century, the medieval indoor market, which continues to host a vast market on Saturday mornings. Another admirable site also comes under the visitro’s gaze - the William the Conqueror Village of Art, a 16th century former post house, converted into an inn in the late 19th century. Louis XVI is said to have stayed there, as did Mme De Sévigné, Alexandre Dumas and Raymond Poincaré, the former President of the French Republic. Today, the village hosts artists, craftworkers and antique dealers.
Visits with commentary are organised for private individuals at certain periods, and for groups on request. For further information, contact the Tourist Office.