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.
Every year some 35000 tonnes of fish are landed at Boulogne sur Mer harbour. At least 70 different varieties of seafood have been counted, the most popular being sea bass, cod, plaice, turbot, sole , crab, as well as cockles and mussels. The fishing fleet comprises 4 ocean-going trawlers, 3 trawlers equipped with refrigeration plants, 51 seagoing fishing boats and 65 coastal fishing craft.
Each year some 380 000 tonnes of seafood products are prepared in the extensive and highly specialised Capecure industrial zone
Around one hundred firms are based at Capecure and provide specialist services to the industry including ship leasing and chandlery, cold storage, filleting, as well as wholesale trading of fish, preparation of ready-to-eat seafood products, international transport and shipping. There is also a research institute and a training facility where fishmongery skills are taught.
WHOLESALE FISH MARKET
It is worth getting up early to see for yourself the hectic dawn activity of the wholesale fish market (“La criée”). This is the nerve centre of the fish landing process, where the fish are landed from the trawlers and put on sale with the aid of high tech computer-aided resources. This is where the different trades and professions connected with the sea can be explained. After your visit, you can have a hearty lunch at the “Chatillon”, renowned restaurant frequented by all the mariners and traders situated within the Capecure zone, close to the wholesale market.