Boulogne-sur-Mer is a city located in the heart of the “Côte d’Opale”, a tourist region which offers 120 km of sandy beaches, dunes and cliffs but also hilly green countryside. Known for its maritime activities, it is also a region with a rich history and cultural heritage.
During the summer, people come to enjoy the characteristic seaside villages and their beaches, to practice countless sporting activities (sailing, wind-sailing, hiking, and cross-country cycling) and to discover an exceptional heritage. This region guarantees its visitors a wealth of interesting encounters, numerous discoveries and invites you to sample its generous welcome.
A quick view of the horizon
To the north of Boulogne-sur-Mer, going along the coast, we discover small villages and bathing beaches such as Wimereux, Ambleteuse and Wissant. Beaches follow headlands: this is the direction of the twin capes, Cap Gris-Nez (Grey-Nose) and Cap Blanc-Nez (White-Nose), well known as one of the first natural heritage sites classified “Grand site de France”. Calais, the main port for visitors to France also famous for its lace industry, is not far from Boulogne-sur-Mer and gets links with England thanks to its ferry companies and the Channel Tunnel.
To the south, we can spend hours along the fine sandy beaches with numerous bathing centres such as Le Portel, Equihen-plage, Hardelot, Le Touquet, Montreuil-sur-mer, …
The interior of this region makes you discover another kind of landscape: here, abounds with nature and picturesque villages. We can visit Samer with its 16th century church or Saint-Omer which is a town of art and history. These two towns are a part of the « Parc Naturel Régional des Caps et Marais d’Opale ».