The Le Touquet Rally 2019 is rapidly approaching. It is the 59th Rally of the town Registration opens soon for what promises to be an exciting 3 days. The rally is the 1st round of the French championships and is always a great way to start the season. With the addition of the Junior and Renault Clio R3 trophy it should be fantastic.
The roads are characteristic of the Pas de Calais region, dust or mud according to the weather. Drivers experience both narrow and fast roads with some particularly impressive big jumps. The stages are generally short 13 – 15km and some take place on Friday night. Popular sections of the race for spectators are located at Clenleu , Bourthes, Camiers, or Beussent and of course the beachfront event in Le Touquet. The Rallye Automobile Le Touquet is a popular event with around 100,000 attending over the 3 days depending on the weather. Its a popular friendly atmosphere so go along and enjoy the race.
If you are attending the event and haven’t yet booked your accommodation then why not check availability on our website. Villas and apartments available giving you a little more freedom and space than a Hotel.
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.
Adult: €6,90 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
There are many Free things to do in Le Touquet and the surrounding area. Attached to the Office de Tourisme in Rue you will find a fascinating museum about two brothers (named Caudron) who were the first Frenchmen to build and fly an aeroplane in 1909. There initial factory was in Rue, and they then established a larger factory and flying school at Le Crotoy not far away on the shores of the Baie de Somme. Their work was a major major contribution to the first world war early flying machines.
Rue is pretty historical town just 40 minutes drive from Le Touquet and our holiday rental properties. With the impressive Belfry and the aviation museum its well worth a visit. Spend a couple of ours in the museum and then go and explore the delights of the Somme Bay and its estuary.
Alphonse and René Caudron built their first aircraft, a large biplane, in August 1908. Initially unable to obtain an engine, they flew it as a glider, towed by a horse and tested it through the summer. In September 1909 they finally flew it under power. By April 1910 they were able to make a return flight of 10 km (6 miles) to Forest-Montiers.
Gaston Caudron died in an aircraft accident on 15 December 1915 at the airfield at Bron. René continued in the aircraft business until the fall of France at the start of World War II. He died in 1959.
Museum Opening Times
Ideal for families, kids will have no problem imagining themselves in one of the early Caudron aeroplanes. The museum is open all year round, free of charge. On Monday: from 2:00pm to 6:00pm From Tuesday to Saturday: from 9:30am to 12:30pm and from 2:00pm to 6:00pm July, August : From Monday to Sunday – From 9:30am to 12:30pm and from 2:00pm to 7:00pm
The museum is located in the same building as the Tourist Office of Rue. 10, Place Anatole Gosselin 80120 RUE
Most people know about the unmissable Aqualud Water Park on the beach in Le Touquet. Not so well known is the fantastic swimming pool at the Tennis club. Or to give it its official name the Pierre de Coubertin Tennis Center.
Perhaps you did know about it or simply wrote it off as only being available to members – not true the pool is open to all and can form part of a great day out for considerably less money than a visit to the Aqualud.
About The Pool
Heated at 28 ° and supervised by 3 lifeguards, this charming pool has a 25m x 10m pool with 3 levels of depth (0.90m – 1.60m – 2.90m). It is open to all from April to November (depending on weather conditions).
Several activities are offered to you such as swimming lessons for children (from 5 years old) and adults, water aerobics, aquabike, aqua palming and aquatic activities
As a guide prices for 2018 are shown.
1 entrance except July and August 6 € Pool access between 3 and 5 years * € 3.50 One-time access in July and August Pool access between 3 and 5 years * € 3.50 1 entry swimmer (9h-10h) or evening (19h-20h) 6 € 1 entrance day or afternoon in July and August 10 € 1 book of 10 day tickets in July and August 80 € Swimming lessons Swimming lesson or Aquabike 16 € The book of 5 lessons of swimming 75 € The Aquagym class 8 € The individual swimming lesson 30 €
Alternatively if you would like to go to the Aqualud please purchase your discount tickets direct from us.
The Opalaventure Hi Ropes course is a fun place to get close to nature. Located in a 7-hectares of forest surrounded by sand dunes and only 400 meters away from the Camiers Sainte-Cécile beach. Neither tree climbing, nor trekking! Safely surf or bike from tree to tree across the forest in the heart of the countryside. The adventure park brings together lovers of extreme sports in the trees. High in the pines experience many different courses. Take a daunting bike ride across a massive gap! not for the feint hearted but brilliant fun. There is even a baby course, just the right level for 3 year old’s. Slides, tunnels, zip wire and somewhere to sit for parents. Which ever course you chose safety is there number one concern.
The Rope Courses
A course with 20 sections at ground level. This course is designed to enable children under 5 to explore treetop courses and be part of the same experience there parents or siblings take part in.
2 courses designed for children from 5 to 8 years old. The children are attached by a continuous line which ensures their safety during the course. There is a small zip line on this activity. The children are supervised by Opalaventure staff. Parents can support and take take pictures from the trail below.
This course has three levels and is available for 9 year old’s and upwards. It’s the best way to have fun with your family. The sections are suitable for both children and adults. A perfect course for an unforgettable family day out!
The adult course consists of five courses each progressively harder. Each course is separate and you can stop at the end of every trail. Do them all or just the ones you feel comfortable with.
From Le Touquet (10 minutes) : direction Camiers Sainte-Cecile first street on your left after the Canadian cemetery.
From Boulogne sur Mer : direction Le Touquet, first street on your right after the Camiers Sainte-Cecile round about.
From Calais (40min) : A16 direction Paris, exit 27 (Hardelot, Sainte-Cécile).
From Abbeville (40min): A16 direction Calais, exit 27.
From Amiens : (60min) : A16 direction Calais, exit 27.
Prices range from €15 – €24 with discounts for groups of 12+ people.
Le Touquet is a great place to base yourself for a cycling holiday. The town boasts over 10km of cycling trails around the town and forest areas. There is a great choice of routes depending on if you want to go for a few hours or fancy something more challenging.
Rent a bike from one of the many hire shops in town and head towards the airport and riding stables. On route you will experience some great views of the Canche Bay. Riding through the residential part of the town is very pleasurable, marvel at the beauty of the multi million Euro Art Deco Villas. Alternatively head out of town along Avenue Francois Godin towards the beach at Stella Plage. Stella Plage is another small beach resort sharing the same stretch of golden sand with Le Touquet. The advantage is that Stella is always much quieter than Le Touquet. You will find some small intimate cafes and restaurants with a family feel.
Traffic in Le Touquet is light so even if you are not on a cycle path you should never feel intimidated. There are lots of other cyclist around so generally motorists are more aware of your presence.
Another notable route, recommended at sunset, runs from the Thalassa Sea Water Spa Centre along the beach to the yachting centre at La Baie de Canche. En route there are many worthy stopping points to admire the sunset.
If you are renting one of our villas such as LOpale in Allée de Jonquilles then it is possible to gently cruise all the way to the beach, stress free on a great cycle route. Alternatively if you are staying in the Lakeside development of May Village just filter into the cycle lane passing by the entrance.
Some of the best water sports in Le Touquet are to found right on the beach. With the introduction of the wake boarding pool its thrills and excitement all the way. A new sensational aquatic sports activity is born. The Le Touquet Wake Park is a pool 25m wide and 100m long. Beginners and professionals can learn and improve their wake boarding. A water sport that combines the techniques of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing. The boarder is towed by a water ski cable and slides on the water while ideally staying on a the board.
Wake Boarding Tricks
Unlike other water sports such as surfing or kite surfing, wake boarding has a relatively steep learning curve. But once you have fallen off quite a few times you will be feeling confident and want to try some tricks. With trick names like Fruit Loop, Slurpee and Special K you could be forgiven for believing you were reading a Le Touquet Cocktail menu.
Some of the simpler wake boarding manoeuvres to get you started are:
Surfing the Wake Crossing the Wake Surface 180 – Surface spins are a great way to branch into the world of beginners wakeboarding tricks. You don’t leave the surface of the water, so it is ideal for getting more comfortable on the board before taking things further Surface 360 – Once you’ve got 180s mastered string your front and back 180’s together. Ollie – A nice trick for beginners learning to jump, a foundation for all other tricks. Tail Grab – Grabbing the board with your hand while in the air.
Even if you don’t feel like having a go the Wake Park is a great place to spend an hour or so watching some great sport.
Le Touquet Wake Park is open daily from April until November. The pool is resurrected every year being a temporary construction. So you won’t see it when visiting for the Enduro beach race at the end of January.
Information and reservations at the Bertrand Lambert Channel Nautical Center Boulevard Jules Pouget – 03.21.05.33.51.
International Show Jumping comes to Le Touquet between the 3rd and 6th May. Riders compete in the amateur Derby and all the action takes place at the Centre Equestre du Touquet. The event promises to deliver an exciting few days of great show jumping. The jumping event is presented by the governing body the Fédération Equestre Internationale and runs between 9 AM through to around 5PM. However long you choose to visit there is plenty to watch and do with over 30 exhibitor’s allowing you to shop and maybe have a glass of champagne. If you haven’t managed to find accommodation in Le Touquet try are our special offers page for some discounted deals.
The Equestrian Park covers (65 hectares) and is one of best complexes in France. It includes the equestrian center, the racecourse and the jumping fields. Renovated from 2009 to 2011 to be an advanced base of the London Olympics.
The equestrian centre can accommodate any rider or group who wish to practice horse riding or attend equestrian events. All levels and disciplines are catered for in exceptional facilities and surroundings .
The sport of show-jumping is a true test for horse and rider. The aim of the horse and rider is to make it around a course of fences without dropping any rails. A show jumping course will typically have between 10 and 15 fences of varying levels of difficulty. Riders who clear their first round clear will be able to continue to the final “jump off.” For the jump off the course is shorter and the competition becomes more about speed and completing the course with the least number of penalties. If you are new to Show Jumping and struggling with the terminology in the bar, here are a few names you should be familiar with.
Verticals: An upright jump.
Triple bars: Three verticals placed together gradually increasing in height.
Liverpools: A a pool of water on the ground normally placed under a fence.
Combinations: A group of fences that are placed in close sequence to one another, usually one to two strides apart.
Walls: Walls are upright and solid, but are constructed so that they break if hit, preventing injury to the horse.
Fill up with family fun at the Bagatelle Theme park with over 40 attractions and shows. A perfect crazy family day out that won’t break the bank. With tickets from around €18.50 it offers great value for money. If you book online in advance save even more. Bagatelle Theme Parc is just a short 15 minute drive from many of our holiday rental properties in Le Touquet.
Bagatelle opens on the 21st April until 30 September 2018. You will find the parc very clean with excellent staff who speak English. The food is really good but if you take your own there are plenty of places to have a nice picnic. There is plenty of parking but you do have to pay for this at €5.
Bagatelle is split into 3 areas: Baggy land for small kids. 10 attractions for the little ones including a Ball Pool, Adventure trail, Kidz Coaster, The Captain Baggy. A children’s swing boat echoing the larger Pearl Bag ride for Adults.
Baggy Family – Universe for Young and old Baggy Fun – A good dose of thrills 9 attractions for the more adventurous!
I personally enjoyed the Pearl Bag Swing boat especially if you are at the Bow or Stern. It gives a great sense of fun together as everyone competes to make the loudest wooo! noise
Le Triops - The Big Ride
One of Bagatelle’s flagship attractions welcomes you for a thrilling round trip. 45 meters high, 2 tendrils, 1 looping, all suspended in the void!
The River Splatch
No trip to Bagatelle would be complete without getting wet at least once! A nice gentle ride on the river in a wooden log with a 10 m drop at the end – great fun for everyone.
Become the Ace of the pilots! Ready to fill up with sensations? Enter into the area dedicated to the crazy years of aviation:
Climb aboard your plane and experience the stunning acrobatic flight experience with almost 4G accelerators, weightless dive, looping, spinning … all at 8 meters in height:
Bagatelle Amusement Parc is open daily from 10:30 AM.
There is plenty of things to do and see when it rains in the Le Touquet area. The Nausicaa Aquarium in Boulogne sur Mer is an amazing day out. Just a short 30 minute drive up the A16 from our LOpale Holiday Villa. Alternatively if you have time to kill on your journey home its an easy stop off en route back to Calais Ferry Port.
What is Nausicaa
Nausicaa 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. You are invited to plunge into the heart of the oceans to explore the sea. Well laid out attractions and educational displays make your visit a great day out.
The World Ocean Island Stories Tropical lagoon Shark aquarium Sea lion reserve Touch pool The submerged Tropical Forest Penguin beach
Get up close and personal with Jaws! Embark on a sea journey to meet the ultimate marine animal, the shark. View the sharks fascinating strength and elegance in front of a giant aquarium.
Discover a creature that has inhabited the earth for 400 million years. You’ll never feel quite the same about sharks again.
It is an unforgettable experience from these cheeky chappies. Children’s faces grin with delight as the penguins dive in and out of the water.
A few facts you may not know know about penguins. Penguins can drink sea water. The birds spend around half their time in water and the other half on land. The Emperor Penguin is the tallest of all penguin species. Emperor Penguins can stay underwater for around 20 minutes at a time. Oh and of course there are no penguins in the North Pole. The Galapagos Penguin is the only one that makes it North of the equator.
A unique experience for the kids where they can pett the stingrays. Waggle your hand and the rays will come over and rub against you. They often will lift there heads out of the water as if to say “come on in the waters fine”
Stingrays have no bones in their body – their skeleton is made up of flexible cartilage. Different types of ray include electric rays, butterfly rays, round rays, manta rays, guitar fish and sawfish. Rays vary in size hugely. The smallest ray is the electric ray which is approximately 10cm across and weighs about 400g. The oceanic manta ray is the largest ray reaching up to 7m in wing span and weighs 2,000kg.
How To Get To Nausicaa - Boulogne
Located 200 metres from the town centre Nausicaa is easily accessible and well signposted from all the major routes. There is ample parking close by.