"From the sea to the plate" : First, we visit Maréis, then we go for a walk in a group on the port. It's like going from theory to practice. On the way, the guide explains what all these buildings along the boulevard are and that we don't really know them very well: the former Leprêtre shipyards, the Socarenam, the careening area, the sailors' calvary, the headquarters of the Etapl maritime cooperative... We learn a lot about the history of fishing and the evolution of the port.
When you arrive at the fishing stalls, you can talk to the sailors or their wives, see the day's harvest just unloaded on the quay. And you can take advantage of the opportunity to buy your fish there and thus favour local fishing and short circuits.
The little extra, a snack of seafood prepared by the chef of the "Planète Océan" restaurant. From the sea to the plate, a journey in contact with the fishermen which will meet your expectations, in search of authenticity, local produce and flavours...
Information from the tourist office or calling 03 21 09 56 94
Historical guided tour of the town: The town of Etaples-sur-mer has a rich history, thanks to its ancient geographical location between land and sea. The guide will use illustrations to present the history of Etaples since Antiquity and then take you on an exciting expedition through the streets of the town to discover the picturesque architecture of the fishermen's town and the key sites that illustrate its history: the old buildings (mill, town hall, old private mansions), the places linked to daily life (market...), the specific architecture linked to fishing (port, auction hall, calvary...).
Guided tour of the painters of the Etaples-sur-mer colony: The town of Etaples-sur-mer, at the end of the 19th century, thanks to its picturesque aspect and its beautiful light, saw the installation of a colony of international artists. They took advantage of the proximity of the Opal Coast, linked to Paris by train, and settled for short or long stays in Etaples-sur-mer and its surroundings. Following a few precursors such as Eugène Boudin, painters of all nationalities such as Eugène Chigot, Myron Barlow, Henri Le Sidaner, Isobel Rae... passed through the small fishing town and, seduced, set down their easels in the streets and near the Canche. The collection of works from the School of Étaples is rich in nearly 300 works and is also very representative of this cosmopolitan colony which welcomed French and foreign artists who frequented our coastline.
Throughout the visit, your guide will talk about the inspiration of this community of artists: the sea, the tides, the fishermen in their work, etc.
Guided tour of the town's architecture: after presenting the evolution of the town's urban planning through the ages, the guide takes you on a stroll through the town to discover its architecture over the centuries. From the Middle Ages to the post-war period, the city has changed a lot! Discover the buildings and facades characteristic of a particular style or period (18th century, 1900, 1930s, etc.) and learn how to recognise them.