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Beach at dusk

The beaches of Bray-Dunes in Calais

Bray-Dunes: the most northerly Franco-Belgian beach, surrounded by dunes. It is edged by a pretty promenade lined with beautiful seaside villas. The dunes along the coast continue down to the beaches of Leffrinckoucke and Malo-les Bains, both perfect places for land yachting. Stop off between Marck and Calais. Here, there is one of the widest beaches on the whole coastline - Les Hemmes - which is also known for its metal lighthouse. There are many campsites, a land yachting centre and several hiking trails (follow the ‘Dunes du Fort Vert’ which goes between wetland meadows and the beach). The ‘Platier d'Oye’ is an exceptional birdwatching site perfect for nature lovers and has a beach from where you can watch the ferries leaving Calais.

path through the dunes with a view of the beach
  • The dunes
  • © Eden 62

The unspoilt beaches of ‘La Terre des Deux Caps’!

Due to current trends, it can be overlooked that Sangatte has its own charm. ‘La Descenderie’ beach is unspoilt and relaxing. It’s Wissant beach, a little further south and right in the middle of ‘Les Deux Caps’, which is the star of the show. It is 12 km long and a hub for sport. Kite surfing and wind surfing take place here, as well as the ‘Le Trail de la Côte d'Opale’ running race. It was one of the first to be classified a ‘Great National Site’. The 2 Audresselles beaches are even bigger. The first, towards ‘Gris-Nez’. is the more wild. Sometimes you can see seals here. The second is ideal for swimming. At Ambleteuse, the Vauban fort is the main attraction. ‘La Pointe aux Oies’ is notable for its links to Napoleon. The next beach is ‘Wimereux’.

Picture of the backs of children looking out to sea on Sangette beach
  • Sangette beach
  • © Patrice THOMAS

Wimereux - a beach full of Belle Epoque charm

It is such a treat to sunbathe here admiring this well preserved seafront, which is one of the most attractive on the north coast. Between swims, explore the two to three hundred colourful villas, survivors of both World Wars. Wander along the longest seafront promenade in the region and treat yourself to a blue and white beach hut. Be careful when the tide comes in here, as it covers the whole beach! Indulge in some seafood treats on the many café terraces, relax and look around - the beach is beautiful here whatever the season!

Picture of the blue and white beach huts with villa façades behind
  • Wimereux seafront, with its beach huts and villas
  • © Pascal Morès

Beaches to enjoy as a family

Great family beaches await you! At Boulogne-sur-Mer, visit to the Nausicaà (National Sea Centre) rather than going for a swim. Go to Hardelot or Sainte-Cécile to discover the delights there. The beach at Le Touquet, with its family friendly ‘famille plus’ accreditation, is a real haven for families. As well as ‘l'Aqualud’ (a seafront waterpark covering 4 000 m2), this national accreditation guarantees facilities, activities and reasonable prices. To help parents there are beach clubs, beach attendants and restaurants, as well as the forest nearby for 1 to 3 km cycle rides and a chance to enjoy the fresh air! Stella and Merlimont near Berck-sur-Mer (famille plus) are wilder with beautiful dunes, protected by ‘Le Conservatoire des Sites naturels’.

The lively beach and seafront with its holidaymakers
  • Le Touquet beach - a real holiday gem
  • © Eric DESAUNOIS
Let's celebrate!

Experience the sand sculpture festival and ‘la Nuit Touquettoise’ in Le Touquet, ‘La Fête du Flobart’ in Wissant, ‘La Fête du Nautisme’ in Hardelot and the International Kite Festival in Berck!

A ride, some fries, a waffle, some churros...

The tastes of a northern beach! There will always be a chip shop or an ice-cream and waffle seller to fill empty stomachs after swimming. And there will always be rides and fairground music too!