The Côte d'Opale — Pas de Calais

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, a mere twenty something miles from England has so much to offer in that there are 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 of products and the produce grown locally.

The Pas de Calais Guide will provide you with all the information you with need know when visiting in the area. We make it easier to discover the very best the Department has to offer with detailed information on 18 towns and villages. Also indicating special places of interest, information on regional foods and local markets. There are links to hotels, golf resorts, restaurants, property sales, cottage rental, 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 in the Côte d'Opale - Pas de Calais Gazette.

By far the most enjoyable and comfortable way to visit the Pas de Calais is to travel by SeaFrance, on one of their new ships, the Berlioz or the Rodin from Dover to Calais – it's only 90 minutes travel time!

Town Information


Arras, first city of the Region...


Berck-sur-mer, a great seaside town for children...

Boulogne Town

Boulogne-sur-mer is the largest fishing port in France...

Boulogne Shopping

Boulogne Shopping, wonderful markets and restaurants...

Calais Town

Calais, a mere stone's throw from Dover...


Bethune, 55 minutes from Calais, minutes off the autoroute...

Cite Europe

Cite Europe, such choice in this Shopping complex...


Desvres, famous for its pottery (Faience)...


Etaples, full of fishing tradition near Le Touquet...


Hardelot, a charming resort with sandy beaches...


Hesdin lies at the heart of 'Les 7 Vallees'...

Le Touquet

Le Touquet has good shopping, golf, horse racing...

Les 7 Vallees

Les 7 Vallees, the Valley of the Canche is well known...


Merlimont, another pretty sea-side resort ...

Montreuil sur mer

Montreuil-sur-mer, such a special walled town...

St Omer

St Omer, a charming medieval town ...

Vallee de la Course

Vallee de La Course, this delightful valley with so many pretty villages...


Wimereux, such a delightful resort 10 minutes from Boulogne-sur-mer...


Château Hotel of the Month

Château de Beaulieu

This delightful 17th century château, set in acres of secluded gardens and parkland has been carefully converted into a tastefully-furnished hotel of great charm and character.The hotel in Busnes has two restaurants run by Marc Meurin and is merely less than an hour's drive from Calais and and fifteen minutes from Bethune.
If you would like to know more...

Hotels and Chambres d'Hôte

Hotel du Parc

Spacious Hotel in Hardelot convenient for Golfers...

Château de Beaulieu

A beautifully restored 17th Century Chateau within an hours' drive of Calais...

Château de Montreuil

Always quite impeccable, situated in Montreuil sur Mer Christian Germain, the owner...


Château Tilques

Near St Omer with its rustic atmosphere...

Hotel Clery

So convenient for a quiet weekend near Boulogne-sur-Mer...

Château de Cocove

Minutes from Calais this Chateau was built in 1741 by Becquet de Cocove...

Hotel Hermitage

Comfortable hotel in the heart of Montreuil sur Mer...

Hotel Westminster

Grand Hotel in the centre of chic Le Touquet...

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Guides de Charme

Restaurants - Editor's Choice.

Le Grand Bleu
Le Grand Bleu - Calais - An inexpensive gastronomic restaurant on the port...

Le Vieux Logis
Le Vieux Logis - Near Montreuil-sur-Mer - A charming family run restaurant...

Supermarkets on the Côte d'Opale

Carrefour - Cite Europe

E. Leclerc
LeClerc - Boulogne-Sur-Mer

Auchan - St Martin

Travel & Car Hire


SeaFrance Holidays



Casino Le Touquet

Vist the Casino of Le Touquet


Browse the wonderful restaurants of the Côte d'Opale
Browse the wonderful restaurants of Côte d'Opale
Browse the wonderful restaurants of the Côte d'Opale
Try any of these nine restaurants of the group Côte d'Opale Gourmande - you won't be disappointed!

  • Café des Arts
  • Château de Montreuil
  • La Matelote
  • Le Pavillion du Westminster
  • L'Epicure
  • Auberge de la Grenouilliere
  • Hostellerie de la Riviere
  • L'Atlantique
  • Côte d'Argent
  • The word 'Toque' is the name for the distinctive white chef's hat.Thirteen restaurateurs in the Calais region are members of 'Toques d'Opale'

    Food & Wine

    Regional Food of the Var
    Regional food of Côte d'Opale
    Wine Merchant

    Le Chais - Boulogne-Sur-Mer

    The Lengaigne family established Le Chais over 100 years ago. Taste many of the wines here before you buy!
    Jardin & Loisirs,
    Etaples 62630