Boulogne-sur-Mer tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The old town with its ramparts, castle and ancient streets are the highlight in Boulogne itself, while nearby there are plenty of good sandy beaches

Boulogne-sur-Mer is situated in the Pas-de-Calais department and Hauts-de-France region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Boulogne-sur-Mer. For detailed visitor information see the Boulogne-sur-Mer travel guide.

Attractions in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Nausicaa is a large aquarium and sea life centre and one of the top tourist attractions of France: Nausicaa

Tourist classifications for Boulogne-sur-Mer include "town of art and history", "ville fleurie 4*" and "aquarium". It is unusual for a town to have 3 awards, which indicates how important Boulogne-sur-Mer is as a tourist destination!

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Boulogne-sur-Mer in Hauts-de-France.

Popular places to visit nearby include Wimereux at 5 km and Wissant at 18 km.

Boulogne-sur-Mer, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



less than one km (direction west-north-west)

Nausicaa is a large aquarium and sea life centre and one of the top...

See Nausicaa guide


at 5 km (direction north-north-east)

Wimereux is a seaside town with a fine selection of Belle Epoque villas...

See Wimereux guide


at 18 km (direction north-north-east)

Wissant is a small seaside town in the north of France which is very...

See Wissant guide
Le Touquet

Le Touquet

Seaside resort at 23 km (direction south)

Upmarket Le Touquet is probably the most popular of the coastal resorts in the...

See Le Touquet guide
Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez

Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez

Scenery at 23 km (direction north-north-east)

The Cap Blanc-Nez and the Cap Gris-Nez are classified as Grand sites de France...

See Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez guide


at 31 km (direction south-south-east)

The historic centre of the fortified town of Montreuil is lovely to explore with...

See Montreuil-sur-Mer guide


Seaside resort at 43 km (direction south), in the Somme department

Both the beach itself and the resort of Fort-Mahon-Plage are among the most popular...

See Fort-Mahon-Plage guide
Valloires abbey

Valloires abbey

Abbey at 44 km (direction south-south-east), in the Somme department

Valloires abbey is an 18th century Cistercian abbey with formal gardens to explore...

See Valloires abbey guide


at 47 km (direction east)

The attractive centre of Saint-Omr is one of the best towns to see houses...

See Saint-Omer guide


at 47 km (direction east-north-east), in the Nord department

The principal attraction at Gravelines is the fortifications, built by the Spanish in the...

See Gravelines guide
The Jardin des Lianes

The Jardin des Lianes

Garden at 55 km (direction south-east)

The Jardin des Lianes is one of our favourite gardens in this region of...

See The Jardin des Lianes guide

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Markets in and near Boulogne-sur-Mer

Market days in Boulogne-sur-Mer: weekly market: Wednesday;

  • Boulogne-sur-Mer: market Wednesday (0km)
  • Ambleteuse: market Wednesday (9km)
  • Desvres: market Tuesday (17km)
  • Camiers: market Thursday & Monday (18km)
  • Etaples: market Tuesday & Friday (24km)
  • Cucq: market Sunday - seasonal market only (27km)
  • Cucq: market Wednesday (27km)
  • Coulogne: market Monday (30km)
  • Ardres: market Thursday (30km)
  • Calais: market Wednesday & Thursday & Saturday (31km)

More information about Boulogne-sur-Mer, Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Tourist attractions near Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

What to do at Boulogne-sur-Mer? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Boulogne-sur-Mer.


  • Mareis (23km)

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

  • Beffroi de Boulogne-sur-Mer (Belfries of Belgium and France) (1km)
  • Beffroi de Calais (Belfries of Belgium and France) (30km)
  • Beffroi de Gravelines (Belfries of Belgium and France) (47km)
  • Beffroi d'Hesdin (Belfries of Belgium and France) (50km)

National Monuments

  • Column of the Grand Army (2km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Caps et Marais d'Opale (22km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint-Saulve (Montreuil-sur-Mer) (31km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins de Valloires (45km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Dunes d'Écault (8km)
  • Cap Gris-Nez (15km)
  • Réserve naturelle de la Baie de Canche (20km)
  • Cap Blanc-Nez (23km)
  • Baie d'Authie (38km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale des grottes et des pelouses d'Acquin-Westbécourt et des coteaux de Wavrans-sur-l'Aa (38km)
  • Réserve naturelle du Platier d'Oye (45km)
  • Forêt d'Hesdin (47km)

Amusement park / theme park

  • Parc Bagatelle (33km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Le Touquet (23km)
  • Saint-Josse (29km)
  • Loon-Plage (53km)

Geography and distances

Boulogne-sur-Mer is in the north of France at 97 kilometres from Arras, the department capital (general information: Boulogne-sur-Mer is 215 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Boulogne-sur-Mer

Canton: Boulogne-sur-Mer

Arrondissement: Boulogne-sur-Mer

Department: Pas-de-Calais

Region: Nord-Pas-de-Calais

New region: Hauts-de-France

Postcode: 62200

Distance to Boulogne-sur-Mer

from Arras (prefecture): 97 km

from Paris: 215 km

from Calais: 31 km

from Nice: 890 km

from Bordeaux: 675 km

from Strasbourg: 502 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Boulogne-sur-Mer from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 13 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Baincthun, Echinghen, Equihen-Plage, Isques, Le Portel, Maninghen-Henne, Outreau, Pittefaux, Saint-Etienne-Au-Mont, Saint-Leonard, Saint-Martin-Boulogne, Wimereux and Wimille.

This page in French: Visiter Boulogne-sur-Mer