Northern France Tourism : official website

A sandy beach with kite surfing

Get out in the fresh air

Covered with a carpet of fine sand (Malo-les-Bains) or studded with soft pebbles (Audresselles, the Nord-Pas de Calais beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. At low tide, you can fish for mussels, cockles, and small prawns that you find on the menus of the good restaurants in the area. Go wandering and find the unexpected: bunkers (Leffrinckoucke), beach huts (Sangatte), a castle (Ambleteuse), Anglo-Norman villas, (Wimereux) and even… seals (Berck-sur-Mer)! And terraces for relaxing everywhere.

A relic of the Second World War on the beach covered with pieces of broken mirror
  • A bunker on the beach which young artists have covered with mirrors
  • © Nord Pas-de-Calais Tourisme

Remarkable heritage

Labelled Grand Site de France in 2011, the Site de Deux Caps is a bracelet of 20 kilometres with two jewels: the Gris-Nez cape and the Blanc-Nez cape. On a clear day, you can admire the English cliffs and enjoy the ballet of migrating birds which nest in the crevices of these natural promontories. The northern coastline has a particularly rich human heritage. From the Vauban fortifications (Gravelines) to the many museums, (Dunkirk’s Contemporary Art and Action Site, Calais’ Centre for Lace and Fashion, Calais, the Nausicaa aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer).

The coastline around the two capes
  • The Two Capes: Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Gris Nez
  • © Philippe Frutier

Wind sports

All year round in the North, the wind is a natural locomotion for motor for windsurfers (Dunkirk), kite surfers (Wimereux), land yacht fans (Boulogne-sur-Mer) and kite enthusiasts (Berck-sur-Mer). You can even go horse riding! When the weather improves, the Nord-Pas de Calais resorts stage beach volley and golf (Wimereux, Le Touquet) competitions. In the Summer life the rhythm of life in the the Côte d’Opale is set by festivals, including the Le Touquet-Hardelot sand sculpture festival, nick-named the “northern Arcachon”.

Kite and windsurf boards on the Côte d’Opale
  • Kite and windsurf boards on the Côte d’Opale
  • © Eric Desaunois

For more information

Maison du site des Deux-Caps
Hameau de Haringzelle
62 179 Audinghen
Tél. : 03 21 21 62 22