Weekend on the Opal Coast: activities and outings after Nausicaá

Planning to spend a weekend on the Opal Coast to visit Nausicaá? Here are some ideas for staying close to the coast during your stay.

Welcome to the Opal Coast

For a great weekend stay on the coast and to explore the region's other riches, we invite you to discover the expanse of sand that is Boulogne-sur-Mer beach: why not make the most of your weekend on the Opal Coast to give a sand-yachting a go ? Because this seaside resort counts a number of watersports clubs. The Opal Coast is 120 kilometres of dunes, beaches and cliffs bordering the Channel and the North Sea. The most impressive sites here are Cap Blanc-Nez, a 132-metre tall cliff between Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer, and Cap Gris-Nez a bit further south: although this cliff is only 50 metres high, it is nonetheless strategic, because this is where England is closest to France. These sites have both been listed in the Great Sites of France Network since 2011. The hike on the Deux Caps site is magnificent, whether the tide is high or low. And with a bit of luck, you'll even be able to catch a glimpse of the seals from the clifftops!

Ideas for excursions on the Opal Coast

The coast is therefore long enough to offer you a broad range of activities. Cultural for example, with a multitude of museums dedicated to art: make sure you go to the must-see Lace and Fashion Centre in Calais, which is housed in a former lace factory.

You'll also be able to make some historical discoveries there with the Dunkirk 1940 – Operation Dynamo Museum, to find out more about the Battle of Dunkirk. Set out to explore Ambleteuse and its fort (a Vauban fort) at the end of the day to watch the sunset. Lastly, don't forget to go to the seaside resort of Sangatte, not far from the Great Deux Caps Site.

Where to stay during your weekend on the Opal Coast?

To allow you to make the most of our region, here's a short selection of accommodation possibilities that will help you to enjoy your weekend as much as possible. If it's in Boulogne-sur-Mer that you want to spend your stay, there are a number of options. Families that want to stay in an apartment and want to feel they're really on holiday can choose the recently opened Résidence Evancy situated facing the casino, next to the marina. Neighbouring the Nausicaá aquarium, your apartment will allow you to go into the old town just a few steps away, and all that for less than €60* per person per night. If you prefer a hotel, you could choose the Hôtel La Matelote, ideally located between the historical centre, marina and aquarium.

There are other hotels and guest rooms that will be delighted to welcome you all along the Opal Coast, such as the Hôtel Ibis Styles in Calais just 10 minutes away from the Calais-Fréthun railway station, near the beach, town centre and car ferries. As for the price, count on €195* for a family of four. A bit further north and very close to the Channel Tunnel, rent a room at the Holiday Inn de Coquelles. This modern hotel proposes a fitness centre, ideal for a moment's relaxation at the end of your stay.

If you want to stay for several nights, take a look at our attrractively priced selection of hotels and guest rooms which will facilitate all your visits and activities. Rentals possible right in the town centre, near the beach, out in the wilds, with a seaview, with your partner or your family… Booking, photos, offers and additional information available on the Nausicaá website.

*All the rates are given as an indication and are subject to conditions.

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