In the Pas-de-Calais department of Hauts de France, Hardelot’s 13km of unspoilt white sandy beaches are a paradise for watersport fans. Here you can enjoy sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and sand-yachting all year round – and it’s an idyllic spot to take children on holiday. Indeed Hardelot is coded as a ‘child-friendly’ resort and offers special activities and entertainment specially geared towards youngsters. Set in an idyllic surrounding in the heart of a natural park, Hardelot also exudes the charm with its secluded seaside villas surrounded by pine forests, which are home to rabbits, birds and even wild horses.

In the 13th century Hardelot’s château was used as a summer home for the counts of Boulogne; the English king Henry Vlll and his wife Anne Boleyn also once lived here. Extensively renovated between 2007 and 2009, the château and its grounds are open to the public and there’s also a small museum dedicated to the aviator Louis Blériot. Love golf? Head to the scenic 18-hole Golf des Pins, built in 1906 and redesigned in 1931 by the famous architect Tom Simpson – it’s renowned internationally for its top golf game as well as for its beautiful surroundings of mature pines.