Enduro du Touquet Pas-de-Calais

Enduro Le Touquet

Le Touquet Enduro 22 de enero - 24 de enero de 2021

Mise à jour : Enduropale du Touquet 2021

Malheureusement, la décision a été prise d'annuler la 46e édition de l'Enduro en raison de restrictions sanitaires. N'oubliez pas d'ajouter ce site à vos favoris afin de réserver facilement votre hébergement pour l'année prochaine.

Le site officiel de l'Enduro cite les informations suivantes.

"Malgré tous nos efforts, nous avons le regret d'annoncer la décision prise en concertation par les autorités préfectorales et la municipalité du Touquet-Paris-Plage d'annuler la 46e édition de l'Enduropale du Touquet Pas-de-Calais.

Compte tenu de la progression inquiétante de l'épidémie, il n'est malheureusement pas possible de maintenir l'événement, même à huis clos.
Nous sommes sincèrement désolés de cette nouvelle et tenons à remercier tous ceux qui se sont mobilisés avec nous pour sauver ce 46ème Enduropale du Touquet Pas-de-Calais : Municipalité du Touquet, partenaires, bénévoles, cavaliers, amoureux inconditionnels de ′′ l ' Enduro du Touquet ", etc
Les inscriptions seront automatiquement remboursées dans les prochains jours, sans aucune démarche de votre part.
La réunion est prévue l'année prochaine pour célébrer les motocyclistes tous ensemble, dans un cadre plus serein, espérons-le".
 

L'Enduro du Touquet Pas-de-Calais ou course de plage a débuté en 1975 avec l'aide du maire du Touquet, Léonce Deprez. Sa popularité augmente chaque année avec un millier de motos, de quads et 250 000 spectateurs qui remplissent les hôtels et les villas de la ville. Si vous prévoyez de partir pour le week-end de motocross, réservez votre hébergement à l'avance. La course se déroule normalement vers la fin janvier ou le début février de chaque année.
Consultez l'itinéraire de l'enduro Le Touquet 2020 ci-dessous.

Enduro du Touquet - La course

L'enduro du Touquet est un événement familial et cycliste, qui combine le défi sérieux de la course avec un week-end social fou pour tous les participants. Le rugissement des moteurs de motos se fait entendre partout dans la station balnéaire chic, souvent jusqu'au petit matin. Même si vous n'êtes pas vraiment un fan de moto, le site où plus de 1000 motos et quads hurlent le long des dunes de sable est une expérience exaltante.
La course principale du Touquet Sand Enduro, comme on l'appelle aussi, a lieu le dimanche. Ces dernières années, la course de quad du samedi a connu une popularité croissante, avec quelque 150 participants.

Quad Bikes Le Touquet

L'itinéraire

La ligne de départ de la course de moto enduro se trouve sur la plage principale près de la Aqualud parc aquatique et fête foraine. L'itinéraire s'étend sur 16 km et longe la plage en passant par Stella Plage et Merlimont. Le dimanche matin, le nombre de personnes et la circulation dans la ville continuent d'augmenter. Ferme St Josse est une excellente villa à louer pour le week-end ou pour des vacances plus longues. Elle permet de s'évader en toute tranquillité de la ville, tout en restant à proximité d'un bon point de vue.

Depuis la ferme de St Josse, il est facile de se rendre en voiture à la plage de Stella Plage en 10 minutes. La plage de Stella Plage a tendance à être moins fréquentée et vous pouvez avoir une bonne vue sur l'action des motards fous. Pour plus de détails et pour savoir comment réserver des gîtes de vacances, veuillez consulter notre website.

Les préoccupations environnementales récentes concernant la préservation des dunes de sable du Touquet ont entraîné quelques changements dans le tracé au cours des dernières années, mais une gestion prudente et la consultation des groupes environnementaux devraient permettre de poursuivre cette course de moto exaltante pendant les années à venir. La course a lieu chaque année vers la fin du mois de janvier et le début du mois de février. Même si vous ne pouvez pas faire l'incroyable Enduro. Le Touquet - Paris Plage est un magnifique lieu de vacances dans le style des années 1920, avec des plages magnifiques et des forêts de pins magiques, et a quelque chose à offrir aux touristes tout au long de l'année.

V2 Rocket Launch Sites near Le Touquet

V1 Doodlebug Rocket

La Coupole Helfaut-Wizernes

An original V2 rocket donated by the US to the Coupole museum.
Original V2 Rocket at La Coupole

V2 Rocket Launch Sites, A Hidden History of Pas-de-Calais.

 The Pas-de-Calais department is rich in history, particularly WW1 and WW2 history, due to the heavy presence of occupying Germans in both conflicts. The WW1 sites are famous, but the French state has also turned the remains of several WW2 sites into historic destinations. In particular, it’s restored the bunkers built as V2 rocket launch sites aimed at England in 1944.   

Barely more than an hour’s drive from Le Touquet, you can visit two fascinating WW2 places in one day.  Both belong to the history of  V2 rockets, the first missiles ever launched. After the war,  Wernher von Braun’s genius but deadly invention became the early rocket technology of the US space program. Most of the V2s that caused so much death and damage in England in September 1944 launched from the Netherlands. However,  the Pas-de-Calais was an experimental and practical site of the V2 rocket programme.

La Coupole: a Megalith for V2s Rocket Launches.

An exterior view of the V2 rocket launch site, the bunker dome at Wizernes, known as La Coupole museum
Exterior View of La Coupole
La Coupole is a spectacular place. Squatting the hills near Saint-Omer, it’s a massive dome that hides an underground bunker made up of large rooms and tunnels that any James Bond villain would enjoy.  Its purpose was deadly: but its construction had been too. Hundreds of slave labourers were used to build what was conceived as one of the main V2 rocket launch sites. In the event, the Germans abandoned the bunker after the Allies bombed it in the summer of 1944,  and it was never used for its purpose.
 

Nowadays, La Coupole is one of the most ambitious museums in Northern France. This giant concrete dome showcases the scientific and military history of the V2 rockets and a 3D Planetarium about the space age. It also serves as the regional memorial to the victims of Nazi Occupation in France.

A centre to educate and entertain, La Coupole offers several exciting exhibits. It also serves to show documentary films about the Second World War and put on temporary exhibitions.  One such is running until the end of June 2019 – British Aviation in the Skies of Northern France, 1943-1944.  

Attractions

By far the greatest draw are the V2 rockets circuit and exhibits and the Planetarium. Charting the development of V2 rockets from von Braun’s design board up to the end of the war, the V2 circuit explains and demonstrates early rocket technology. It also explores the historical use of V2s against London and other cities.

Le Planetarium screens a 3D show three times a day and picks up where the circuit leaves off, taking the audience from the V2 rockets to the moon landings. To achieve full impact, it is experiential rather than documentary methods, so that you are launched into the exploration of space in 3D, with film, sound and light effects.

 

Le Blockaus at Eperlecques: hi-tech war in the forest

Bunker at Eperlecques, known as Le Blockaus - V1 and V2 rocket launch site in Pas-de-Calais.
Blockhaus at Eperlecques
Less than half-an-hour from La Coupole, across the Parc Naturel Régional des Caps et Marais d’Opale, is the foreboding concrete block known as Le Blockhaus,  a German word meaning ‘bunker’. Using slave labour, the Germans built the bunker as a launch site for the V1 flying bomb (also known as the Doodlebug), and for the V2 rockets. They abandoned its original purpose after aerial bombardments in the summer of 1944, and converted it into a liquid oxygen factory. 
 
While less sophisticated than the nearby V2 rocket launch site museum at Wizernes, the Blockhaus demonstrates the reality of the V1 and V2 programme in its harsh reality. 
  
V1 Doodlebug Rocket

Practical details for your V2 launch sites visits.

La Coupole-Wizernes site diagram by the Allies in September 1944.
Allied diagram of the V2 bunker at Wizernes

Directions

  • To La Coupole, Wizernes by car from Le Touquet: via the A16 and the N42 roads. 
  • From La Coupole to Eperlecques Blockhaus by car: via the D943 road. 
  • There is a train from Le Touquet (Etaples) to Saint-Omer, and a shuttle called Moveo from Saint-Omer to La Coupole. 
  • Length of visit: La Coupole history museum average length of visit: 2.5 hours. 
  • Open daily from 9AM to 6PM, and in July and August, from 10AM to 7PM. Closed at Christmas and New Year, and every year between the 7th and the 20th of January. 
  • 3D Planetarium: 3 sessions a day, consisting of a 15 minutes introduction and 30 minutes show. Shows available in English via audio sets. 
  • Blockhaus at Eperlecques: 45 minutes approximately. The area near the bunker is also popular for picnics. 
  • Facilities at La Coupole: audio sets, shop and café, and a free picnic area. 
  • Accessibility: both La Coupole and the Blockhaus d’Eperlecques are accessible to wheelchairs. 
Rocket Storage tunnel in La Coupole bunker at Wizernes, Pas-de-Calais
Ida tunnel at La Coupole, Wizernes

If you find the subject of V1 and V2 fascinating then why not give the 1965 movie “Operation Crossbow” ago. It has a big star cast including Sophia Loren, George Peppard, Trevor Howard. It features the methods used to destroy Hitler’s revenge weapons.

Le Touquet Sunshine

Le Touquet Summer

Le Touquet Sunshine

Spring will shortly come to an end and we will all hopefully be enjoying a bit more freedom in the Summer sunshine. Spring has been marked by a period of confinement but France has seen some fantastic blue sky’s.

For the first time in 70 years of meteorological data, Le Touquet in northern France could lead the way in the sunshine records for this period, according to Météo France. Le Touquet has the most hours of sunshine for this period with 706 hours.  Flights are likely to be limited for the foreseeable future so why not start planning your beach holiday in Le Touquet.
Check our availability for July and August.

Sunshine In The Forest

Average Weather In Le Touquet

If you would like to know more about average rainfall, sea and air temperatures in Le Touquet then please check out the location further here.

Le Touquet Railway Station – Etaples

Railway Le Touquet

Etaples railway station is the closest to Le Touquet. Gare de Étaples serves Etaples and Le Touquet, both in the Pas-de-Calais department, northern France. The station is located in the centre of Étaples.

Railway Station Services
The railway station is served by the TER Nord-Pas-de-Calais and TER Picardie (services between Boulogne-Sur-Mer and Arras, and services between Lille and Calais). It also sees Intercity services between Paris Gare du Nord and Boulogne-Sur-Mer via Abbeville.

To travel by Train to Le Touquet you have a couple of options.
Take the Eurostar train service from London (or Ashford) to Lille. For Le Touquet use the local train service to reach Etaples sur Mer station, then take a bus or Taxi to Le Touquet. Alternatively, take a train to Dover, then the ferry to Calais, and take a local train from Calais Frethun to Etaples sur Mer, then take a bus or taxi to Le Touquet.

Le Touquet to Etaples Railway Station Bus Timetable.

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St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church at Le Touquet

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church at Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

St Joan of Arc - Le Touquet

Le Touquets most beautiful churches are celebrating Christmas with a host of services in the run up to Christmas and beyond. The Joan of Arc church is located next to the town hall in the centre of Le Touquet. This elegant and imposing church is well worth a visit at any time of year.

100 Boulevard Daloz, 62520 Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France.

Opened: 1912

Located in a prominent position next to the town hall

The first church in France to be dedicated to Saint Joan of Arc, at the request of the British Catholics, the church of St. Joan of Arc replaced an earlier small chapel of saint Andrew which had become too small to answer the needs of Le Touquet Paris Plage, . Economic prosperity, the fashion for sea-bathing, and the constant presence of the British were the cause of many architectural programmes of great quality which are still the signature of the resort today. 

Built following the plans of Lucien Viraut, the vast church of St. Joan of Arc was opened 14th July 1911. Largely destroyed in the bombing of 4th July 1944, the church was rebuilt and finished in 1954, and enlarged in 1958 by lengthening the transept. It has a Latin cross plan, a nave with side aisles, and a five-sided apse. 

Inside, the vast and light nave is vaulted in wood, representing the over-turned keel of a boat. The stained glass windows, by several contemporary artists, tell the life of Jesus, around the sanctuary, and different episodes of the life of Joan of Arc along the transepts and nave.

In 2008 a new organ was installed, one of the most important in the Region and whose repertory valorizes the exceptional acoustics of the church. The exterior, surrounded by gardens, has a high steeple whose architecture reminds us of that of the civilian belfries in the region, and reflects that of the imposing and elegant town hall facing it which had recently been classified as a Historical Monument.

Joan of Arc Catholic Church Le Toquet

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