What to do when you only have 2-3 days available and you want to enjoy nice beach views?
Why not explore french northern coast with your van?!
Out first stop was Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme, a nice little touristic & medieval city above the baie. We enjoyed a short walk in the narrow streets of the medieval city. It’s end of March and season is only about to start, so many shops and restaurants were still closed. But we had the pleasure to walk in the city and being almost the only tourists around.
Take the time to roam around and walk in the small streets of the old town.
After discovering the small streets we went for a nice walk on the Quai Jeanne d’Arc along the Somme river.
Beach walk at Le Hourdel
Next stop is Hourdel beach where we hoped to see a few seals but they were all gone apparently. So we’ll need to come back :-).
Walking on the beach while the fishermen are at work, we then reached the famous Hourdel Bunker. The bunker has been built during WWII and was part of the Atlantic Wall.
Sunset in Cayeux-sur-Mer
The day is coming to an end. Just the time to catch the last light on the beach around the Dune of Cayeux-sur-Mer.
We spent the night in the wrong Camping at Cayeux-sur-Mer (La Vieille Eglise) pitch was OK but sanitaries were not really what we expected from a camping. Would have been more inspired to stay in the wild somewhere in the Dune.
But it’s always a great feeling to wake-up under a nice sun with our camper van.
Morning walk on the beach of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
It’s time to drive up north, after a short ride north we reached Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to enjoy a walk on the beach.
Cap Griz Nez & Escalles
From Le Touquet we continue our route up north to Cap Gris-Nez for a walk on the path around the bunkers where you have a nice view on the bay. This cape is the closest point of France to England and you can clearly see the white cliffs of Dover on a clear day. These formed the ‘Atlantic Wall’ intended to stop the allied invasion during WWII.
We then reached Escalles where we took a great sunset walk on the beach below the Cap Blanc-Nez peak.
We spent the night at the Camping Les Erables in Escalles which was very nice. Highly recommended if you want to stay in a camping in the area. There was another one closer to the sea but it looked much more industrial…
The Cap Blanc Nez cliff
The next morning we took a walk around Cap Blanc Nez to enjoy the view from the Cliff. On clear days you can see Dover which is only
As you can see by the artillery shell impacts the place has been heavily bombed during WWII.
Empty beaches in Sangatte
A last stop at Sangatte beach before heading home….
That’s all folks…..already looking forward to the next adventure!
See the map of our short trip below:
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