Where is Boulogne-Sur-Mer located ?

Situated by the English Channel, facing the English coast, the town of Boulogne-Sur-Mer is part of the Pas-de-Calais district, in the Hauts-de-France region. This city is known to be the first fishing port in France! This seaside resort is nicknamed the "capital of the Opal Coast" as it is one of the main tourist destinations in Northern France!

If you really don't see where Boulogne sur Mer is located, we will help you a little more... Between the site of the 2 Caps and Le Touquet, it speaks to you more?

What to do in Boulogne Sur Mer ?

As you have already been told, Boulogne-sur-Mer is France's leading fishing port, Europe's leading seafood processing platform, but also a City of Art and History and the birthplace of Europe's largest aquarium, Boulogne-sur-Mer offers visitors many points of interest.

What to do around Boulogne-Sur-Mer ?

What clothes to pack in your suitcase ?

The coastal city has a marked oceanic climate. Thermal amplitudes are low, winters are mild and summers rather cool, except during heat waves. The days of frost and snow are few, so it is not necessary to bring your pair of skis!

Prevailing winds from the south-west and west bring relatively clean air and push the clouds towards the coast, which makes Boulogne Sur Mer one of the sunniest cities in the north of France with over 1,650 hours of sunshine per year, so it is strongly recommended that you take your pair of sunglasses with you!

What do we bring back in our suitcase?

You don't need a special occasion to gift yourself (or your loved ones)!

Here are some of our ideas:

  • Hardelot's biscuits: we're all the same, we can't resist the idea of bringing a few treats back in our suitcase, just to remind us of our stay once we're home on your sofa! Ah, it was a nice stay, wasn't it, darling? Do you want a cake 
  • A good beer: because whatever the circumstance, beer warms hearts! Birthday, aperitif with friends, after a difficult day or on the contrary just to continue enjoying the good things, the destination offers local beers rich in taste! Cheers!
    Taste your glass of Wimereumoise, La Condettoise or La Kipper (to be drunk with fish) On sale at the Tourist Office!
  • A giant fish plush ? Nausicaa's shop is full of all kinds of souvenirs related to the ocean world, from a simple jellyfish pencil to a giant stuffed octopus, as well as educational books, young and old alike will surely find the object that suits them! Crazy thing, you can even play old-school surfing with a shark's tooth!
  • Fish specialities:  Don't worry, we don't offer you the chance to go home with a herring in your suitcase.... But nothing prevents you from bringing back canned products from the Bourgain and JC David shops... It's mackerel salmon rillettes ect... We still think of everything for a successful aperitif! Rendez-vous here for your purchases :https://www.bourgain-et-fils.com/ & https://www.jcdavid.fr/ or directly at the Tourist Office shop.

The history of boulogne-sur-mer

We talk about Boulogne as a maritime experience with its port, fish markets, Nausicaa etc but chances are you don't know this destination as well as you think you do!

2000 years of history have made Boulogne the city we know today. Here's a little summary of the History of Boulogne (it's always nice to get out of your culture when you come back from a change of scenery)! Are you ready? Here we go...

The famous Julius Caesar passed through here with the aim of invading the Isle of Brittany (now England), he set up his fleet in the Liane estuary (the river that runs alongside our residence in Boulogne) and his successors built the military camp whose provisions are still preserved in the old town of Boulogne.

Napoleon also passed through there! He too had ambitions to conquer England, and gathered an army of 120,000 men on either side of the Liane. Many traces of his passage are still visible. You can't help but notice them, can you?

At the time of the Entente Cordiale and sea bathing, there was no longer any question of invasions and the seaside resorts of Wimereux were to develop thanks to the arrival of the railway and Hardelot, around its Château (located at Condette) and under the impetus of Sir John Whitley. This "Golden Age" was only interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War.

The Boulonnais will play an important role during the Great War as a rear base. The port of Boulogne-sur-Mer was used to transport allied troops, and field hospitals were set up in Dannes, Saint-Léonard, Saint-Martin-Boulogne and Wimereux, hence the presence of several military cemeteries.

The Second World War is much more painful, the economic tool is destroyed but also the most beautiful hotels, the most beautiful seaside villas, the casino of Wimereux ... The following decades were devoted to reconstruction. It is from this rich history that the Boulonnais region on the Opal Coast founded its tourist vocation based on an exceptional maritime, historical and architectural heritage. You want to know more? Then follow us!