The Opal Coast, standing opposite the cliffs of south-eastern England, is home to unspoiled nature, unique landscapes, and breath-taking light. Visitors enjoy a wealth of sites to explore, including fortified towns and cities and diverse landscapes. The majestic cliffs of the region's two capes are an open invitation to hikers looking for awe-inspiring sights, while its beaches and water parks offer a relaxing holiday for the whole family.
Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez are part of a registered natural site which welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Their white, wind-swept cliffs are popular with hikers for their unrivalled views of the region. At their feet lie pebbled and sandy beaches, an ideal spot for bird-watching.
The Baie de Somme is a fascinating place, its marshes teeming with a multitude of animal species. With its natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere, prepare to relax - and to encounter new surprises at every turn. Located in the heart of the Baie de Somme nature reserve, the Parc du Marquenterre is designed to introduce visitors of all ages to local flora and fauna.
The Opal Coast is also home to several unique towns and villages. While the charm of Boulogne sur Mer and Montreuil sur Mer lies in their lively streets and historic walls, other towns like Wissent and Wimereux are centred on nature and the two capes, Blanc-Nez and Gris-Nez. Calais, with its rich history and vast array of heritage and cultural activities, is a historic and destination which is not to be missed - and has plenty to offer foodies as well.
Our hotel in Le Touquet is a great home base to explore the Opal Coast, from the Baie de Somme nature reserve (less than an hour away) to Boulogne sur Mer (less than 40 minutes).
Boulogne sur Mer, often dubbed the capital of the Opal Coast, boasts a rich historic and natural heritage. This fortified city has an impressive cultural scene and is France's top fishing port.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