Things to do when camping in Pas-de-Calais
With plenty of space to roam, amazing countryside to explore and numerous cultural and historical sites to discover, a camping holiday in Pas-de-Calais is pitch perfect for activity filled family holidays in France.
The bracing fresh air and striking views of the sea from the Opal Coast will ensure that day trips on the shores of the department are truly memorable. Whether you prefer pulling on a pair of sturdy hiking boots for an invigorating walk or settling into a lazy day on the beach, you can do it on the Opal Coast. The best viewpoints here include Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez.
The amazing Nausicaä Centre National de la Mer Aquarium is certainly the highlight of a trip to Boulogne-sur-Mer. The aquarium boasts a vast and diverse array of marine wildlife including sharks, jellyfish, seals and starfish, as well as captivating exhibitions relating to man’s relationship with the sea. The town is also home to a lovely beach as well as tourist attractions such as the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate, Château de Boulogne-sur-Mer and Crypte de la Basilique Notre-Dame.
Aqualud Water Park and a lovely sandy beach primed for sandcastle building are among the best child-friendly things to do in Le Touquet. The Étaples Military Cemetery, Musée du Touquet, Mareis Sea Fishing Discovery Center and Phare Le Touquet Lighthouse are also worth visiting.
Bordering the neighbouring department of Nord, Marais Audomarois welcomes avid fans of the great outdoors with its makeup of beautiful wetlands and forests. With lush vegetation and wildlife, the nature reserve is the ideal place to find peace and tranquillity.
In the south west of the department, the town of Arras has a few tourist attractions relating to war, namely the Carrière Wellington Museum and the Militaire de la Targette Museum. For an insight into age old history of the town, spend some time visiting the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady, Beffroi d'Arras Gothic Clock Tower and Beaux-Arts Museum of Arras.
An underrated destination, and known most as a busy ferry port, the town of Calais has plenty of great things to do if you scratch beneath the surface. Instead of passing through after arriving by ferry, why not explore the town and visit the 13th century watchtower, Les Bourgeois de Calais sculpture by Rodin, the City of Lace and Fashion museum and Calais Town Hall.