Discover the intersting places in the area with the advice of the green Michelin guide Picardie – Nord-Pas-de-Calais. The IGN topographic map of Boulogne-sur-Mer 2104 ET comes highly recommended as well. The proper ressources will help you make the most of your stay at Le Grand Bleu.
Follow the yellow triangle signs for the most fun and easy walks. They come listed in a pack per region, available for free (maybe after insisting a bit) in all tourist information centres. The Boulonnais region comes in a pack of 12 trips, all tested and approved!
Beginners: "24 Balades dans le Pas de Calais" by Roland Huguet for Conseil Général Pas-de-Calais. Walks from 4 to 10 kms, easy to follow though the IGN map might come in handy. Trip 19, 20 and 21 start in the vicinty of Le Domaine Sauvage.
More experienced: "Le Pas-de-Calais à Pied" from the Topo Guides series: 23 fun walks with a lot of extra info. Or "Les Nouveaux Guides Franck: Randonnées Pas-de-Calais, Côte d’Opale" by Christophe Lépine: a lot of daytrips between 10 and 20 km, combining existing walks. Include the nicest sceneries but not always easy to follow. Recommended: walk 12 – Entre les 2 Caps ; walk 20 – Montreuil-sur-Mer.
Check Dominique Arnaud's "Nature en Caps et Marais d’Opale": a wealth of details on the area's fauna & flora. Arena, the educational centre on nature in Condette is nice as well. So are jo 62's educational walks in the region, their program is available everywhere for free.
We tested these ourselves and gave them our approval.
Nature lovers: take a whisper boat ride through the Clairmarais (St-Omer) nature reserve and the Somme Bay. Or explore the bay and its extraordinary nature by car. Along the coastline and through the bay's 'hinterland' you'll see nature's different facets. There are a couple of themed parks and visitor centres along the way.. And of course, don't miss a city tour of the towns of Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme or Le Crotoy. A unique nature walk, straight through the Somme Bay, is possible too. On the way back, don't miss the beautiful St-Riquier abbey and the garden of the Valloires abbey. Trythis route, it's a top priority! History enthousiasts: visit La Coupole near Saint-Omer, an impressive WW2 bunker museum. And , of course, golfers won't want to miss the Hardelot Golf.
|Équihen-Plage Surf school||0.5 km|
|Hardelot les Dunes Golf Course||5.5 km|
|Boulogne-sur-Mer Train Station||5.8 km|
|Boulogne-sur-Mer Tintelleries Train Station||6.9 km|
|Boulogne-sur-Mer Museum||7 km|
|Boulogne Hospital||7.3 km|
|Wimereux Golf Club||13.6 km|
|Aqualud Water Park||16.1 km|
|Maréis Sea Fishing Discovery Centre||17.3 km|
|Le Touquet Golf Course||18.9 km|
|Wissant Kitesurf||32.4 km|
|Le Touquet Opal Coast Airport||17.7 km|