Boulogne-sur-Mer tourism and travel guide

Photo of Boulogne-sur-Mer in Pas-de-Calais

Visit Boulogne-sur-Mer: highlights and tourist information

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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

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.

Boulogne-sur-Mer is situated in the Pas-de-Calais department and Nord-Pas-de-Calais region (now part of the Hauts-de-France region), in the north of France at 97 kilometres from Arras, the department capital (general information: Boulogne-sur-Mer is 215 kilometres from Paris).

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!

Popular places to visit nearby include Wimereux at 5 km and Wissant at 18 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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

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.

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


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Pas-de-Calais

Map of places to visit near Boulogne-sur-Mer

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

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

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