Things to do in Le Touquet
A chic seaside escape in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France, this sparkling resort is the jewel of the Opal Coast. First developed into a holiday spot in the late 19th century, the gorgeous beaches, sea view villas and grand Art Deco architecture have made it a hotspot for British visitors and celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Stroll along the paved promenade, relax on the fine white sands or walk through a century-old coastal forest full of wildlife.
Nicknamed 'Paris by the Sea' for its popularity with tourists from the capital, this family favourite resort is perfect for weekends away or simply as a basecamp to explore the region. Travel to France with P&O Ferries today and discover the delights of this charming coastal town yourself.
Relaxing Activities in Le Touquet
Less than an hour's drive from the port of Calais, you'll soon find yourself breathing in the fresh sea air and gazing upon the endless sparkling sands of the town's glorious beach. However, there are plenty of other things to do in Le Touquet besides relaxing on its pristine shores. The northern tip of the beach gives way to a huge forest and the Canche Bay Nature Park, where walking trails lead you over sand dunes, allowing you to discover a rich variety of wildlife including birds and seals.
For family fun, the Aqualud waterpark is located right on the beach and has numerous water slides to choose from, with three additional outdoor flumes open in the summer months. For a more indulgent treat, you can even visit a luxury spa by the water and be soothed by the sounds of the waves
Le Touquet boasts a mixture of art deco and gothic buildings, half-timbered houses and effortless Parisian panache. Admire the beautiful Town Hall opposite the Belfry, before heading to grab some goodies at the Marche Couvert, a lively market in the heart of the town. For the best views of the surrounding area, there is nowhere better than the Le Touquet Lighthouse.
Built in 1947, you can climb the 274 steps to get panoramic views across the newly renamed Hauts-de-France region (the reunion of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy regions in January 2016). Gastronomy is a huge deal in northern France, so make sure you don't leave without sampling both the fresh seafood and a dish featuring the local potato La Ratte, which is famed for its unique nutty flavour.
In the early 20th century, Le Touquet's wide, flat beaches attracted interest in a new sport, sand yachting. Propelled by the wind in the sails, these wheeled buggies can reach incredible speeds and make for an exhilarating adventure sport. The beach also plays home to the spectacle of Enduropale each February, an annual motocross event that sees thousands of competitors race across the sand dunes.
For those looking for a slightly more sedate way to see the landscape, you can also enjoy a horseback ride through the forest, across the dunes and along the beachfront. The town's golf courses are internationally renowned too, and the links of La Mer hosted the prestigious French Open tournament a number of times in the 1970s.
Discover the wonders of the north France and Le Touquet by travelling from Dover to Calais on a P&O ferry to France today.
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