Maréis Sea Fishing Discovery Centre – Etaples
Why not come and learn about the history of fishing and the sea. The fascinating Sea Fishing Discovery Centre close to Le Touquet is great fun for kids and provides an amazing interactive learning experience.
Located in a former fishing nets factory, Maréis’ main mission is to make the everyday life of today’s sailors and the marine environment of the English Channel and North Sea better known.
We recommend taking the guided tour (1 hour long) which is full of facts but also entertaining and fun. Most of the guides are ex fishermen and so are very knowledgeable on their subject. You will discover the world of fishermen which is not an easy one.
After the guided tour, you can continue the visit at your own pace, explore read and touch. There are a number of aquariums including the nursery, you are also allowed to touch some fish – which is amazing, both kids and adults will love it!
I am sure you will enjoy the very pleasant and helpful staff, its well worth a visit not just on a rainy day.
After you have had some food by the river why not go and explore the lovely town of Etaples with its many restaurants and shops.
If visiting Maréis has wetted your appetite to learn more about the sea then why not try Nausicaa in Boulogne. France’s “Centre National de la Mer” is one of the largest public aquariums in Europe. It is a world-class marine research institute, with the focus on conservation and educating people to help preserve the oceans.
Child (4 to 12 years old): €5,40 – Free for children under 4 years
Family package (2 adults + 2 to 4 children): €21,20
Disabled person: €5,90 – Establishment 100% accessible to people with reduced mobility.
College student, high school student, student, job seeker and senior: €6,10
How to get to Maréis?
Boulevard Bigot Descelers, 62630 Étaples, France
By car : Etaples-sur-mer is served by the A16 motorway, exit 26 and follow the signs.
By train : TER GV Etaples-Le Touquet is located 1 km from Maréis (about 20 minutes walk).
Free parking nearby:
Free car and motorhome parking is located in front of Maréis.
Maréis is open all year round at the following times:
From April to September from 9h30 to 13h and from 14h to 18h00, 7/7
From October to March from 10h to 12h30 and from 14h to 17h30, 7j / 7 (closed on Sundays and 01/11: the morning and the 25/12 and 01/01: the day)
Last entry: 1h before closing