A nature trek along the Opal Coast

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A nature trek along the Opal Coast Calais fr

With its cliffs, dunes and huge beaches, the Opal Coast has much to offer. Here are three good reasons to don your rucksack:

 

A landscape of dunes and headlands

The Opal Coast boasts almost 1,500 acres of dunes extending from Flanders to Dunkerque. The Site des Deux Caps, a protected area of outstanding beauty just 20 minutes from Calais, comprises an area of dunes with – to the north – the sandstone cliffs at Cap Gris-Nez (France’s closest point to England) and – 15km to the south – the chalk cliffs of Cap Blanc-Nez, set between the Flemish planes and the hills of the Boulonnais.

 

Bird life

Le Crotoy in the Somme Estuary is a stopping-off point for thousands of migrating birds. You can observe many of them, including storks and egrets, at Marquenterre Ornithological Park.

 

Meet the locals

Stay in a local B&B and get to know some locals.

The Opal Coast is also a great place to try your hand at sand yachting, one of the region’s most popular sports, which is practised on the huge beaches from Malo-les-Bains to Hardelot.

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