The coast of the Pas de Calais in Northern France is known as the Côte d'Opale and the entire Department is known for startling contrasts. From the charming valleys of the Course and Canche, to the Opal coast and to the natural beauty of Cap Griz Nez and the chic town of Le Touquet.
This part of France,just twenty something miles from England has so much to offer with three national parks, stunning Flemish architecture, all types of water-sports, and for the gourmet, there are a tremendous range of restaurants serving traditional dishes made from regional produce and fresh fish from the sea.
Visit the local shops and supermarkets, you will be amazed at the choice and the selection of locally grown produce .
The Pas de Calais Guide will provide you with all the information you will need to know when visiting the area. We make it easier to discover the very best the Department has to offer with detailed information on 18 towns and villages as well as indicating special places of interest, information on regional foods and local markets. There are links to hotels, golf resorts, restaurants, property sales, cottage rentals, car hire, travel information and a daily weather forecast from the 'Meteo'.
We are proud to have Regis Lenglos of Mincoin (literally 'My corner') as our local travel consultant and photographer. Regis lives and breathes the life of the Côte d'Opale which is clearly expressed in the images shown on our website.
There are two Relais Chateaux hotels in the Pas-de-Calais, the Chateau de Montreuil and the Chateau de Beaulieu near Bethune owned by the superb chef Marc Meurin. Christian Gemain of the Chateau de Montreuil never fails to be the perfect host and has been a favourite of the British for over 20 years.
For golfers, we always suggest staying at Le Manoir in Le Touquet.
There are more good restaurants in the Pas-de-Calais than you would imagine. Apart from more rural areas, try L'Histoire Ancienne, Le Grand Bleu, Le Channel in Calais. Chateau de Montreuil, Jereboam and Darnetal in Montreuil-sur-Mer. Flavio, Perard and A Table in Le Touquet and Hostellerie de la Riviere and La Matelote in Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Logis are one of the better guides for chambre d'hotes. Try this delightful small hotel in Wissant - Hotel de La Baie
The Pierre et Vacances 'Residence Les Jardins de la Côte d'Opale in Le Touquet is a great favourite.
Also try the Residence La Phare.
Both are fine for an inexpensive holiday.
We also have 125 superb rental properties for you in the Pas-de-Calais. Check all the latest prices here.....
Nausicaa - Boulevard Sainte-Beuve,Boulogne-sur-Mer, 62200
Nausicaā Centre National de la Mer is one of the largest public aquariums in Europe located on the seafront and is described as a centre of scientific and technical discovery of the marine environment, focusing primarily on the relationship between man and the sea. Open every day, all year round, from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm. (to 7.30 pm in July and August).
Les Jardins de Sericourt - 2 rue du bois, Séricourt, 62270
Yves Gosse de Gorre designed the garden in 1985.This remarkable 10 acre garden emphasizes on trees and shrubs - Well worth a visit
Opening times - All year. Tuesday to Saturday. Open 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm. Also open Sunday and Monday 3pm to 6pm from May to Sept.
La Coupole - Helfaut, BP284, Saint Omer, 62504
This massive bunker, built by the Todt Organisation in 1943-1944 was to be the base for launching the V2 rockets against London. Developed in the ultra-secret Peenemünde centre by Von Braun's team, these missiles, along with the American atomic bomb, were the most innovative devices developed during World War II. The V2s were mass-produced in the "Mittelwerk" underground factory, located at the heart of Germany, by deportees from the Dora concentration camp.
Louvre-Lens - 9 Rue Paul Bert, Lens, 62300
Opened in December 2012 Louvre-Lens art museum is located in the industrial city of Lens. It displays objects from the collections of the Musée du Louvre in Paris which are lent to the gallery on a medium or long term basis.
Parc Bagatelle - RD 940, Merlimont, 62155
Great theme park just minutes along the coast from Le Touquet
Dennlys Parc - Rue du Moulin, Dennebrœucq, 62560
Fantastic amusement park for all of the family
Mémorial Canadien - RD 55 Vimy, 62580
The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a memorial site dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War.
It also serves as the place of commemoration for First World War Canadian soldiers killed or presumed dead in France who have no known grave.
The monument is the centrepiece of a 100-hectare (250 acres) restored battlefield park that encompasses a portion of the grounds over which the Canadian Corps made their assault
during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a military engagement fought as part of the Battle of Arras.
From 16th to 17th November : The Herring Festival in Boulogne-sur-Mer. Situated on the Quai Gambetta, come and try grilled or raw herrings with a glass of Beaujolais nouveau !
The main supermarkets are Carrefour at Cité Europe, Auchan outside Boulogne-sur-Mer and ELeclerc at Outreau (Boulogne-sur-Mer)
All have a very wide range of products, fresh local produce and inexpensive good quality wine.
Our favourite is ELeclerc which has a speciality wine section and always some excellent offers.