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Beach huts at Berck-sur-Mer

The open spaces of Bray-Dunes and Malo-les-Bains

The North Sea resort of Les Dunes de Flandre, stretching from Dunkirk to Bray-Dunes, has a 15 kilometre long barrier beach of fine sand flanked by an impressive area of dunes. An unspoilt environment in which you can enjoy walking with family or friends. You can also enjoy the many tourist and water sports activities that the resort offers: the museums and belfry in Dunkirk, the Art Deco villas on the Malo-les-Bains seafront, the kite park with its three kite surfing schools, and land yachting and sailing in Bray-Dunes. Also, how can you resist the delicious mussels and chips at Malo-Bray-Dunes beach? Alain Souchon was even inspired to write a song about this beautiful location.

The beach at Malo-les-Bains stretches as far as the eye can see towards Bray-Dunes and Belgium. It has many restaurants, café terraces and beautiful Art Deco villas.
  • The beach at Malo-les-Bains stretches as far as the eye can see towards Bray-Dunes and Belgium.
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Wissant, Audresselles, Ambleteuse: fishing heaven

‘Les Deux Caps’, which face England, are designated as one of France’s great natural landmarks with the scenic gems of ‘Le Cap Blanc-Nez’ and ‘Le Cap Gris-Nez’. This unspoilt area is dotted with small, charming villages full of low houses which have retained their historical soul. Fishermen and fishing enthusiasts in Audresselles and Wissant strive to keep the tradition of the old ‘flobart’ boats alive. These flat-bottomed boats can be pulled from the sea straight onto the beach. During the summer, don’t miss: ‘The Crab Festival’ and ‘The Flobart Festival’, which take place in these two traditional fishing villages. Spend some happy days in Ambleteuse - a resort further south that is protected by a fort designed by Vauban. You can have a go at collecting mussels on its pebble beach.

A tractor pulling a ‘flobart’ boat in Wissant square
  • ‘The Flobart Festival’ in Wissant continues the tradition of these old boats which have been replaced by more modern vessels.
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The sporting elegance of Wimereux and Hardelot

You will be charmed by these two resorts in the Boulonnais. Be captivated by the architecture and Anglo-Norman style villas in romantic Wimereux. Its seafront, terraces and beach huts remain busy throughout the year. In Hardelot, villas designed by Louis-Marie Cordonnier mingle with the more modern buildings. The charm of the unspoilt surroundings are immediately apparent everywhere: the pine forest nearby, the protected dune areas and the beach stretching as far as the eye can see... All perfect for enjoying walking and horse riding. The more sporty will be spoilt for choice: beautiful golf courses beside the sea in Wimereux or in the forest in Hardelot, kitesurfing and windsurfing in Wimereux, and land yachting in Hardelot.

The start of a windsurfing regatta in front of Wimereux seafront
  • The resort in Wimereux is a haven for kitesurfers and windsurfers
  • © Eric Desaunois

The chic seaside resort of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

‘La Station des Quatre Saisons’ lives up well to its name, as the resort with its many attractions and entertainments can be enjoyed all year round. The beach, dunes, golf course and forest are on one side, and the thalassotherapy centre, casino, hotels and luxury restaurants, grand villas, fashionable boutiques, market and museum are on the other. Le Touquet-Paris-Plage does not lack any of the attractions that you would expect from a choice seaside resort. Sport enthusiasts will have all that they could wish for (riding, tennis, land yachting, sailing) without forgetting the ‘Enduro’, which brings together thousands of biking enthusiasts.

Tourists browsing around Le Touquet market
  • Le Touquet-Paris-Plage market square is the place to go for grocery shopping every Saturday morning.
  • © Pascal Morès

The wind is blowing in Berck-sur-Mer

Berck-sur-Mer, the final resort on La Côte d'Opale, before Authie bay and Picardy, has one of the most beautiful fine sandy beaches in Nord-Pas de Calais. Its popular, long seafront is the best place to admire it while enjoying a lovely ice-cream or even some boiled sweets from the famous ‘Succès Berckois’. Berck-sur-Mer is the land of Aeolus. Kite flying enthusiasts have a field day here, particularly during the famous International Kite Festival which takes place in April. Land yachting fans can power their yachts as far as Authie bay and admire the seals lazing about near the water sports centre, warming themselves in the pearly light of our beautiful coastline.

Many colourful kites dominating the beach at Berck-sur-Mer
  • The International Kite Festival in Berck-sur-Mer is a unique event which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors in April.
  • © Anne-Sophie Flament