On land and at sea, between Calais and Le Treport
Whether you are a nature lover, culture buff or a sports fan, have no fear, the Somme Bay has something for everyone! Take the time to explore Calais, renowned for its architecture and cultural scene, before heading to the seaside resort of Le Touquet. Then find out more about the local fauna and flora, on land and at sea, before visiting the towns of Le Crotoy and Saint-Valery-sur-Somme – which are linked by a steam train! The journey ends at Le Tréport, where you can relax on the beach or pop into the lovely Château of Eu.
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Your trip begins at Calais, a vibrant harbour town, famous for its unusual urban architecture and a major hub for trade and travellers over the centuries. A walk around the city centre will acquaint you with the fine Town Hall, Belfry and the Monument of the Bourgeois of Calais. Budding oceanographers will not resist a trip to Nausicaá aquarium for its amazing wildlife. Then head to Le Touquet and treat yourself to a drink and a meal on a terrace overlooking the sea.
Whether you fancy lazing on the beach or indulging in sports activities, you will love Le Touquet! We highly recommend trying your hand at sand yachting on Hardelot Beach. Those with kids in tow could book a boat trip in the Bay of Authie to see the wildlife: grey seals and porbeagle (sharks) basking on the sand banks. Finish this nature excursion in Marquenterre Park, home to some 300 species of birds that you can observe at leisure from the different lookout posts.
Continue exploring the Somme Bay to get a closer view of the wildlife and plants: walks in the forest and along the coast, boat trips, bird watching or oceanographic outings… There is no better way to recharge urban batteries! Next, head to the town of Le Crotoy to admire the impressive 19th century locks, and then on to medieval Saint-Valery-sur-Somme. Hop on board the steam train linking both towns for a historic experience, after which you will make your way to the seaside resort of Le Tréport to spend the evening.
Spend the last day lazing on the long pebble beach dominated by high cliffs, before exploring the historic Cordiers district. Dig into mussels and chips on Quai François 1er, lined in countless stalls whose terraces create a laid-back, festive ambience. Before heading home, make a detour to admire the Château d’Eu, only 4km away from the town. This stone and brick edifice built in 1578 was a great favourite of King Louis Philippe and is rich in decorative details.
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