Boulogne-sur-Mer – three destinations in one
Located in the middle of France’s Opal Coast and the chalk downs of the Boulonnais, Boulogne-sur-Mer lies at the heart of an area of green and undulating countryside.
Rich in historical monuments that have earned it the French Ministry of Culture’s Ville d'Art et d'Histoire status, the Old or “High” Town is surrounded by strong ramparts built at the start of the 13C by the Count of Boulogne on the foundations of the previous Gallo-Roman walls.
In 1991, Boulogne-sur-Mer became the home of Nausicaa, France’s National Sea Centre. Much more than an aquarium, it is tasked with the job of raising awareness about the sea, its role as a provider of natural resources and its relationship with man and of championing issues such as sustainable development, preservation and conservation.
Boulogne-sur-Mer is also France’s premier fishing port and is a great place for food-lovers to sample fresh fish and seafood.
Set between the port and the old walled town, the partially pedestrianized town centre is a pleasant place for an afternoon stroll with its view of the bustling port, its local shops and fish restaurants.
The Place Dalton is the site both of the church of Saint-Nicolas and of Boulogne’s lively twice weekly market held every Wednesday and Saturday morning.
Boulogne-sur-Mer Tourist Office
Parvis de Nausicaa
Tel.: + 33 (0)3 21 10 88