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Boulogne, France

Situated within the Pas-de-Calais region of northern France, Boulogne lies on the coast of the English Channel. Founded by the Romans during the 4th century, the town is now France's largest fishing port and one of the most popular tourist locations in the region. The city is home to a collection of fabulous historic architecture, dating back as far as the Middle Ages, alongside a range of cultural experiences, from fascinating museums to delicious cuisine served at local cafes and restaurants. Visitors to the city can also enjoy the fantastic coastal scenery along the regions beaches and harbour or spend time browsing the many excellent shops and boutiques in the town centre. Boulogne is a city steeped in culture and history, attracting visitors from across the world with its medieval charm and compelling ambience.

Sightseeing in Boulogne

Boulogne is one of northern France's most beautiful destinations, offering a mix of intriguing history and contemporary culture to create a unique and enchanting atmosphere. Examples of the city's rich heritage can be seen in the historic structures distributed throughout the area. One of Boulogne's most prestigious buildings is The Belfry located next to the town hall, which been be awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boulogne's ancient castle and fortress is now a popular museum, housing enthralling historical artefacts from France's illustrious past. The city also boasts amazing museums including la Maison de la Beurriere the Casa San Martin alongside many other exciting attractions.  

The Old Town

Boulogne's old town is a brilliant place to spend a day whilst in the city, as it is home to a variety of enchanting buildings and attractions. Visitor can stroll around this gorgeous part of the city and observe historic 13th century chateaus, cathedrals and ancient Gallo-Roman walls and gateways. The area also contains several modern attractions including a casino, bowling alley and two wonderful golf courses.


The Nausicaä centre is one of Europe's largest aquariums, with an area of around 5000 square meters. The aquarium houses a plethora of astounding exhibits including a shark tank, penguin beach, tropical lagoon and a sea lion reserve.

The Basilica of Notre-Dame

This extraordinary 19th century basilica dominates Boulogne's old town with its colossal size and extravagant dome. Sitting in the shadow of the basilica is northern Europe's largest medieval crypt, adorned with historic sculptures and decorative ornaments.

Shopping in Boulogne

The major shopping area is located in the Rue Adolphe Thiers area of Boulogne and is home to a wide range of shops, stalls and boutiques where tourists can purchase fantastic gifts and souvenirs. The city also has a large supermarket selling general amenities. Several markets are situated within the centre of town including the Sunday Market, Market Place Dalton and Market Place Vignon where a range of produce as well as arts and crafts are available to purchase.

Eating Out in Boulogne

Boulogne contains a wide variety of restaurants and cafes serving everything from traditional French dishes to a range of international cuisine, mostly situated around the Dalton area of town. Quick and easy meals can also be found at the variety of affordable snack bars and famous fast food chain stores distributed throughout the city.

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