France’s Channel Coast – So close to home
The towns along France’s northernmost stretch of coast are synonymous with school trips to France. It is easy to understand why – the ease of access provided by the channel ports and the wealth of attractions available so close to our shores make it a simple choice for educational trips outside of the UK. With its rolling hills and fishing villages, the Opal Coast offers plentiful opportunities to sample French life with visits to markets, traditional bakeries, chocolate factories and so much more.
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Boulogne-sur-Mer This historic town is a mixture of old and new, with its walled old town with castle and basilica overlooking the busiest fishing port in France and an impressive beach.
Nausicaá “A porthole through which you will discover a message from the sea”. Nausicaá, the National Sea Centre, offers an entertaining, educational & scientific focus on the marine environment.
La Coupole Impressive bunker built by the Germans to house and launch V2 rockets. Now a History and Remembrance centre with a strong educational and cultural mission.
Blockhaus d’Éperlecques The biggest bunker in Northern France set in a forest from where the first V1 and V2 missiles were aimed at England. A 90-minute visit is recommended and materials are provided for this valuable educational experience.
Le Touquet Just a short drive along the coast lies the renowned seaside resort of Le Touquet. A smart and elegant town secreted in a forest and popular with the English ‘set’ in the early years of the 20th Century, its long, sandy beach stretches for 2 kilometres. Located on the seafront is Aqualud (open February to November), an exciting water park with both indoor and outdoor pools, flumes and waterslides.
Saint Omer The historic city of Saint Omer is one of the main attractions of Pas de Calais. In the ‘Grand Place’, you will find the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral which dates back to the Thirteenth Century. Saint Omer has several museums to enjoy and why not take a boat trip on the River Aa which runs through the lower part of the city.
Lille In the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille boasts the largest museum in France after the Louvre with an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures. You can visit Charles de Gaulle’s birthplace and the Christmas Market and Fair installed from late November is very popular with UK school groups. There is a Zoo nestled by the Napoleonic Citadel fortress and an attractive and bustling old town.
Our Centres in the region
Euroculture offers several excellent residential centres along the Côte d’Opale and the wider Nord region. All are situated within easy reach of the motorway network to provide superb touring bases to make the most of your school’s trip.