- Boat cruise in the Bay of Canches, on the Opal Coast
- Canches Bay National Nature Reserve
- Guided tour of Montreuil-sur-Mer in the atmosphere
Sea trip to the Opal coast in Canches bay
Imagine a day combining discovery, culture, gastronomy and relaxation!
Thanks to this circuit, you will discover a particular and original way of visiting the Opal Coast in the Pas-de-Calais department (62). The proposed route of this real regional heritage, with diverse and varied landscapes, will stay etched in your memory.
Montreuil-Sur-Mer: Emotion guaranteed!
Montreuil-sur-Mer, Port-Royal between 987 and 1204, classified as a 4-star flowery city, is a fortified city, built during the reign of Saint-Louis, dominating the valley of the Canche by 40 meters.
Despite the “sur-Mer” particle, this small medieval town is not located by the sea. Indeed, Montreuil-Sur-Mer, linked to the royal domain in 987, became the only seaport of the Capetians until the sand engulfed the Canche (1204).
Philippe Auguste, King of France (1165/1223,) built an imposing castle and consolidated the urban wall. Due to its geographical location, Montreuil-Sur-Mer would suffer much looting and degradation over the centuries. In 1537, the city, assaulted by the troops of Charles V and Henry VIII, was largely destroyed.
Charles IX (1550/1574) ordered the construction of a citadel in place of the old castle. A century later, Vauban, a famous architect, would carry out some transformations.
Rebuilt in the 19th century, this locality is today recognised as one of the most beautiful towns on the Opal Coast to explore. The fortifications and the citadel received, in 913 and 1926, the title of historic monuments.
Your guide will show you the captivating history of this authentic and friendly town, witness to a medieval past, endowed with remarkable architecture. Typical houses, cobbled streets, especially the unmissable rue du Clape-En-Bas, picturesque alleys, old buildings, mansions, the city is full of wonders!
Did you know that Victor Hugo, during a brief visit to Montreuil-Sur-Mer, found his inspiration to write part of his work “Les Miserables”? Jean Valjean, ex-convict became mayor of the town and Fantine, Cosette’s mother, was born in Montreuil …
That’s not all, Montreuil-Sur-Mer is also an impressive culinary heritage, rich in local, local and fresh products that you are sure to savour.
Canche Bay: Embark on a unique cruise!
Surprises and maritime beauties await you during this boat trip on La Canche. Indeed, endowed with a protected nature reserve, rich in flora and fauna, this environment welcomes a large number of migratory birds.
On this trip to sea, you may have the advantage of admiring the seals on the sandbanks of the estuary. If they are not there, this crossing remains interesting and invigorating. Indeed, the surroundings of the Canche estuary form a magnificent point of view for the greatest pleasure of children and adults alike.
As a group, with family or friends, book without further delay this exceptional, convivial day, open to all!