The Côte d'Opale
The seafront of the Nord – Pas de Calais region, the Côte d’Opale owes its name to the colour of the sea, tinted by the fine sand of its long beaches and by the chalk of its cliffs.
It offers visitors some unique landscapes, carved out by history, the sea and the canals, its picturesque villages and cities full of character. With four common features:
- a coastline of 150km of beaches, dunes and cliffs, including the Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Gris Nez (classified as “Grand Site de France”),
- the Caps et Marais d’Opale Nature Park,
- verdant inland areas.
The Côte d’Opale is also made up of five territories that boast a strong identity. Around Calais, you can explore:
- Dunkerque, the city of privateers, famous for its port and carnival. Let yourself be seduced by its inland market towns, such as Bergues, pretty houses, mills and estaminets.
- Saint-Omer, merchant city defined by a unique ecosystem (the only cultivated marshland in France), its religious buildings and ancient sites from the Second World War that have been transformed into remembrance centres (La Coupole).
- Boulogne, City of Art and History, its sea life centre, NAUSICAA, unique in France and its maritime traditions, the neighbouring seaside resorts of Wissant or Wimereux.
- The seaside towns of the south (Le Touquet, Hardelot, Berck sur Mer) or the charming city of Montreuil sur Mer and its ramparts.
Most of all, you will be surprised by the warm welcome, the variety of places to eat and the culinary specialities, the originality of the local festivals and traditions.
For more information, www.cote-dopale.com
Côte d'Opale © CRT Nord-Pas-de-Calais - Eric Desaunoy
Centre International de la Mer © NAUSICAA - A. Rosenfeld
Carnaval de Dunkerque © CRT Nord-Pas-de-Calais - Samuel Dhote