Boulogne sur Mer is a city which has been awarded the title “City of Art and History” and offers numerous fascinating places to visit. Its tumultuous history is reflected in the many places to visit in the area.
To help you organise your outing with friends or your family, we can suggest a complete list of activities to be enjoyed here. Among these you can find something which will appeal to all age groups and fans of sport, culture or history.
Great places to eat out or to enjoy a drink, an exciting programme of shows and concerts, nightlife suggestions: you will find all the information you need to plan an enjoyable stay.
Discover what Boulogne sur Mer has to offer for eating out, in its extensive range of Restaurants and Brasseries. Enjoy tasty local specialities and look out for typical local markets.
Where to stay ?
Make your choice from the wide range of Hotels, Guest Houses, Self-catering apartments, Camp sites and Youth Hostels. You can be assured of finding the right answer, thanks to the quality certification labels provided by the various tourism organisations.
In this section you will find all the information you need to plan your itinerary. Whether you are travelling by car, bus, boat, bus, taxi or by bicycle, all modes of transport are taken into consideration. Full details of providers can be found including telephone numbers, timetables and much more.
To help you prepare your visit, choose among the following sub-chapters from this page: Weather and tides, Commercial services, Around the wider area.
You can also find useful links here to other helpful websites.
Valentine Hugo, painter, portrait painter, illustrator of books and creator of costumes and stage sets, ballets and cinema, was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer on March 16, 1887. After studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, In Paris, she met Marcel Proust, Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Erik Satie, Maurice Ravel, Serge de Diaghilev and Vaclav Nijinski. She married in 1919 the painter Jean Hugo, great-grandson of Victor Hugo. In 1920, she became interested in the Dada movement, then discovered surrealism and then became closer to Paul Éluard, René Crevel, René Char, Marie-Laure Noailles, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst. After separating from Jean Hugo, she will be the companion of André Breton in 1931 and 1932. She leaves the life the day she received it, a 16 March, in 1968. The fund dedicated to Valentine Hugo at the Annonciades Library is one of the two largest in the world, the other being the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin in the United States.Produced with the collaboration of the writer Nadine Ribault, this exhibition gives pride of place to the latest acquisitions of the Library and remarkable pieces borrowed from prestigious public institutions: National Library of France, Center Georges Pompidou ... and large private collections . All the artistic expressiveness and life of Valentine Hugo unfolds through paintings, engravings, drawings, manuscripts, letters, illustrated books, photographs ... and nearly 200 pieces in total. Cloister Gallery of the Annonciades Library. The exhibition and the book Valentine Hugo, the carnival of shadows, have the support of Drac Hauts-de-France, and the Association of Friends of Museums and the Library of Boulogne-sur-Mer. Free admission.
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