A nature trek along the Opal Coast
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.
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.