Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

Guide for the rail traveller


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Country France


Despite no longer being on a direct ferry route with England, Boulogne-sur-Mer still benefits from the tourist trade as a result of its proximity to Calais and Dunkirk. It is a town is broadly divided into the Lower City and the Upper City, the latter being more interesting for visitors. Here you’ll find cobbled streets with traditional shops and boutiques, the medieval castle Chateau-Musée, now converted into a museum, and many beautiful mansion houses. The town also benefits from lying in a regional natural park (Parc naturel régional des Caps et Marais d'Opale) which ensures the protection of the beautiful and astonishingly diverse landscapes of the region.

A fish market is located by the town's beach, and there are many good fish restaurants dotted around. Food shopping is particularly exciting here as there are cake shops, chocolatiers, wine shops and cheese shops aplenty. Last but not least is Nausicaa, one of Europe’s biggest aquariums and Boulogne’s most popular attraction.

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