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The protected and recently classified Great Site of France “Grand Site des Deux Caps » literally “the two capes“(Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Gris Nez): 30 km of unspoilt coastline, one of the most breathtaking stretches of cliffs and beaches in our region. Going further inland, you will find miles of unspoilt countryside, with many long walks and discover the natural bird reserves of “le platier d’Oye”. You can also visit the largest European Sea Experience Centre “Nausicaa” and discover the sea lions and their tricks, watch the sharks being fed and many more breathtaking or endangered species.If however, you prefer to just breathe the clean sea air, stroll along the white sandy beaches and watch the sunrise or set over the sea, then we have just what you need.
Come and recharge your batteries!
The International Lace and Fashion Museum, an amazing place, were you will find temporary exhibitions, conferences and fashion shows. Housed in a renovated and beautifully modernised building, one of the last working lace making factories in Calais. You can stroll through Calais Fine Art museum or Le Louvre II in Lens (approximately one hour from Calais). The tourist office will be more than happy to help you organise a guided tour.You can take a step up, and climb to the top of Calais’s lighthouse or the town hall newly renovated Beffroi, clock tower, classed world heritage by UNESCO. While you’re there, visit the famous Rodin statue “les 6 Bourgeois”. If you are more of a World War II buff, visit the 39-45 memorial museum, the “Notre Dame” church, were General de Gaulle got married, or the “Tour du Guet” (watch tower), all located in the northern part of Calais. The Blockhaus at Eperleques, the “Mur de l’Atlantique” Museum (Batterie Todt) at Audinghen and the Ambleteuse Museum all have unique stories to tell you.
They are all waiting to welcome you.
Water sports, such as kite surfing, sailing and sand sailing are available whatever your level. Tree climbing, “Tyrolean” sliding, horse riding through unspoilt tracks, beginners and children are more than welcome, fun for the whole family.Visit the Opale Coast throughout the year, from February, starting with the famous Dunkerque Carnival, with the throwing of herrings, The “fête de la Mer” at Boulogne, the kipper festival, the “Flobart Celebration” at Wissant, or shows and events all year long at “Le Channel “national theatre, Calais. Leisure activities for all the family and younger children at Eurolac, “St Joseph Village” or at the “Bagatelle” entertainment park, the list is endless…
Discover the Opale Coast gastronomy with local specialities from seafood and freshly caught fish sold on the harbour to home reared famous Liques poultry. Local products can be seen and tasted at the various markets in the area, rich in colour, sight and sound! These are moments not to be missed! Further in land, select some local products, cheese ‘Le Vieux-Boulogne’, a brewery des 2 Caps Ferme de Belle Dalle, Blanche de Wissant, la noire de Slack, and many more treats. For the gourmets, a number of local quality restaurants are waiting for you to discover their specialities.
Finish your stay with some shopping at the renowned “Cité Europe” or at the “Usine” better known as “Outlets Store”, with designer clothes such as Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Zadig et Voltaire, Lee Cooper, Café Cotton, and many other well-known trademarks.