Boulogne sur Mer has been the scene of historic events since the days of the Roman Empire, earning it an impressive reputation.
It first came to prominence as a base for invasions of Britain. The Counts of Boulogne later became key players, particularly during the Middle Ages. The town's history is intimately linked to that of nearby England, and it was the scene of many battles against the English.
Today, traces of Boulogne sur Mer's medieval past remain visible, particularly its walls and fortifications. However, the town was gradually modernised and redesigned starting in the 19th century. It is now France's top fishing port, and offers a vast array of activities and tourist attractions.
Don’t miss Nausicaa, the national aquarium. It brings visitors a unique presentation of the world's oceans, and is one of the town's biggest attractions. Boulogne sur Mer's other attractions include a museum, a crypt, and a school-museum that takes visitors back into its past.
Take advantage of excursions by bike, by boat, and on foot to discover the town's unique setting and explore the Opal Coast. Our seaside hotel in Le Touquet makes it quick and easy to get to Boulogne sur Mer, the heart of the Opal Coast.
The Opal Coast, Côte d’Opale in French, runs along the English Channel and the North Sea. It takes its name from the setting sun's reflection in the water. This wild, unspoiled coast is home to dunes, wetlands and cliffs, as well as vast sandy beaches that beckon visitors to relax.More
The historic town of Montreuil is one of the region's main tourist attractions. Its historic fortifications and walls create a charmed atmosphere which draws endless streams of visitors. This picturesque, welcoming village also offers a range of sporting and cultural events.
The Baie de Somme nature reserve, located in the Nord Pas-de-Calais region, spreads over 70 km2, including both the coast itself and inland areas. It is ranked as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. It is home to unique landscapes and tremendous biodiversity.More
At the heart of the Baie de Somme nature reserve lies the 200 hectare Parc du Marquenterre bird sanctuary, a major draw for bird lovers. Thanks to walking paths designed for the whole family, you can easily observe hundreds of species of birds and other animals.More