Peaceful countryside and quaint seaside villages await you in Pas-de-Calais. Ramble, hike or just stroll through the breathtaking open space and enjoy unspoilt forests, serene meadows and imposing, stunning white cliffs. You will also find a wealth of culture and heritage - from stately fortified towns and magnificent châteaux, to the history and emotion of battlefields and war graves. With so many interesting places to visit, we guarantee your holiday won't be long enough!
The local taxi service will accommodate any size of party travelling to any location. So whether you're eating out in Montreuil, visiting the Le Touquet Casino or relaxing over lunch or supper after a round of golf at the Golf Club, leave your car at Clubhouse Gîtes and take a taxi instead!
Restaurants: there are many fine restaurants in the area. The Lignier in Beussent is a five-minute stroll and the Auberge d'Inxent is a one-minute drive. There are other restaurants within a five-minute drive, plus many more in Montreuil (10 minutes) and Le Touquet (20 minutes).
Local Festivals: look out for music & beach events, street entertainment, hot air ballooning, sand sculpting and Flea markets on Sundays, as well as mussel, wine, turkey and scarecrow festivals. Samer has a Strawberry Festival in June and Berck-sur-Mer's International Kite festival is watched by over 400,000 people in April. All the local villages also compete each year for prestigious regional flower awards.
Agincourt: the 1415 historical centre at Agincourt uses the latest technology to recreate Henry V's famous victory.
Arras: Arras is the capital of Pas-de-Calais and the world capital for tapestry. The town has a cobbled square surrounded by 17th-century Flemish buildings. It was also the site of the dreadful battle of Vimy ridge in WWI - the Vimy monument stands where so many fell.
Hesdin: Hesdin is a 16th-century fortified town on the banks of the river Canche. It is surrounded by forests and borders a beautiful region called "Les Sept Vallées".
St-Omer: St-Omer is a delightful market town. Situated on the edge of Flanders, it is surrounded on three sides by a vast area of farmed marshland.
Montreuil-sur-Mer: Montreuil-sur-Mer always gives visitors a warm welcome. Don't miss the market on Saturdays and the Brocante held every 14th July (Bastille Day). This 17th-century fortification was also the inspiration for Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables", which is commemorated with a "son et lumière" each summer.
Étaples-sur-Mer: Étaples-sur-Mer is a fishing town. The market (Tuesday & Friday mornings) with all its different fish stalls is great fun to explore
Le Touquet: Le Touquet's airport, golf courses, water park, horse-racing track, music festivals, water sports, casinos, great night life, chic shops and bars attract 7 million visitors every year. It also has miles of sandy beaches to enjoy.
Boulogne:Boulogne is France's biggest fishing port and was once Napoleon's base for invading England. As well as exploring the churches and Roman walls of the beautiful medieval quarter, don't miss seeing the Nausicaa Centre's 3,000 different species of sea life.
Calais: since Calais is the busiest port in Europe, it genuinely is the "Gateway to Europe". The Romans, Spanish, English and Germans have all occupied Calais at various points in history. Today, Europeans invade Calais to hunt for bargains at the town's excellent hypermarkets!