Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

Pearl of Cote d'Opale

Between the forest and sand-downs, the Pearl of Cote d'Opale is one of the most successful seaside resorts in Pas-de-Calais by the Channel, especially because of the quality and preservation of its architecture. 

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage is proud to be the seaside resort with the richest heritage with 20 buildings listed as historical monuments: the Town Hall, the Race Track grandstand, the Market and many private properties preserved because of their architectural, artistic or historical interest. The preservation of this heritage has been and remains one of the priorities of the local council; the enlargement and renovation of the Congress Hall are part of this rehabilitation and are indispensable to boost further business tourism in the resort.
The restoration of the Town Hall and the renovation of the Sea Front are among the main projects for the town.

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Overview - Touquet © O.CaenenView - Touquet © O.CaenenMarket - Touquet © O.Caenen
Stage town for the 3rd time
Town in Pas-de-Calais (62).
Resort on the Opal Coast
Population : 5,600 inhabitants (Touquettois). At its peak more than 250,000 visitors during the summer
Economy : Year-round tourism (70 restaurants, 1,200 rooms), camping, caravaning
Culture : 20 buildings classed as historic monuments, museum, lighthouse. Events: Pianos Folies, Book Fair, ArTouquet, International Festival of News
Sport : 51 sports clubs including TAC Cycling and TAC Cyclo Tourism, Touquet Tennis Club, Horse Society, golf, Blériot Club (sailing and sand yachting), Hockey Club, Volley Club, Touquet Classic Car Club, TAC Football. Sports
Events : Enduropale, Le Touquet - Pas-de-Calais Car Rally, Touquet Raid Pas-de-Calais, Opal Coast International Golf Pro-Am, Louis Blériot Cup, International Show Jumping Competition, International Hockey Tournament, Junior Davis Cup, Touquet-Paris-Plage Historique, France Polo Open, International Women's Open Tennis
Specialities : moules-frites (mussels and chips), Welsh rabbit, ratte potatoes, soupe de poisson Pérard (fish soup), Chat Bleu chocolates Sustainable Development : 20 km of cycle lanes, cycle hire, electric shuttles

Flying Maertens

In 1976, Freddy Maertens was in smashing form and it showed in the winding 37-km time trial taking place around Le Touquet. The Belgian had outclassed the rest of the field three days earlier in the prologue in St Jean de Monts and he repeated the feat in Cote d'Opale, beating felow-Belgian and team-mate Michel Pollentier by 1:37. The pursuit world champion, Roy Schuiten, conceded two minutes for third place. All the favorites, including  Bernard Thevenet, Luis Ocana, Joop Zoetemelk and Lucien Van Impe were more then three minutes adrift. Only for stages had been held and the insatiable Maertens had already won four! He would go on to take four more - a record - in this 1976 edition before becoming world champion.

Stage town for the 3rd time
Town in Pas-de-Calais (62).
Resort on the Opal Coast
Population : 5,600 inhabitants (Touquettois). At its peak more than 250,000 visitors during the summer
Economy : Year-round tourism (70 restaurants, 1,200 rooms), camping, caravaning
Culture : 20 buildings classed as historic monuments, museum, lighthouse. Events: Pianos Folies, Book Fair, ArTouquet, International Festival of News
Sport : 51 sports clubs including TAC Cycling and TAC Cyclo Tourism, Touquet Tennis Club, Horse Society, golf, Blériot Club (sailing and sand yachting), Hockey Club, Volley Club, Touquet Classic Car Club, TAC Football. Sports
Events : Enduropale, Le Touquet - Pas-de-Calais Car Rally, Touquet Raid Pas-de-Calais, Opal Coast International Golf Pro-Am, Louis Blériot Cup, International Show Jumping Competition, International Hockey Tournament, Junior Davis Cup, Touquet-Paris-Plage Historique, France Polo Open, International Women's Open Tennis
Specialities : moules-frites (mussels and chips), Welsh rabbit, ratte potatoes, soupe de poisson Pérard (fish soup), Chat Bleu chocolates Sustainable Development : 20 km of cycle lanes, cycle hire, electric shuttles

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Places to see

La Canche lighthouse
 
Conceived by Louis Quételart in 1947 and inaugurated in 1952, the 57-metres high building is a genuine architectural jewel. The top can be reached by a spiral staircase with 274 stairs.

Nature Park of La Canche Bay
 
Walking or riding with friend or family, fresh air is guaranteed! The best trained will continue the ride towards the equestrian park, a site of interest in itself.

Town Hall
 
Built in 1931 by Louis Debrouwer and Pierre Drobecqe in local material, it is equipped with a 38-metres belfry and chimes. It is one of the most spectacular listed monuments in Le Touquet.

Sport in Le Touquet

The site is ideal for the discovery of sand-yachting, a typical sport of the region, or to tackle one of the three courses of the local golf club, one of the oldest in France.
 
Thalassotherapy centre
 
One of the most relaxing places in town, like all the spas in the resort.

La Canche lighthouse © O.CaenenLa Canche lighthouse © O.CaenenWalking © JD.HestinTouquet Town Hall © O.CaenenYpres's Garden © O.CaenenSand yachting - Touquet © O.CaenenThalassotherapy centre © Thalassa
Stage town for the 3rd time
Town in Pas-de-Calais (62).
Resort on the Opal Coast
Population : 5,600 inhabitants (Touquettois). At its peak more than 250,000 visitors during the summer
Economy : Year-round tourism (70 restaurants, 1,200 rooms), camping, caravaning
Culture : 20 buildings classed as historic monuments, museum, lighthouse. Events: Pianos Folies, Book Fair, ArTouquet, International Festival of News
Sport : 51 sports clubs including TAC Cycling and TAC Cyclo Tourism, Touquet Tennis Club, Horse Society, golf, Blériot Club (sailing and sand yachting), Hockey Club, Volley Club, Touquet Classic Car Club, TAC Football. Sports
Events : Enduropale, Le Touquet - Pas-de-Calais Car Rally, Touquet Raid Pas-de-Calais, Opal Coast International Golf Pro-Am, Louis Blériot Cup, International Show Jumping Competition, International Hockey Tournament, Junior Davis Cup, Touquet-Paris-Plage Historique, France Polo Open, International Women's Open Tennis
Specialities : moules-frites (mussels and chips), Welsh rabbit, ratte potatoes, soupe de poisson Pérard (fish soup), Chat Bleu chocolates Sustainable Development : 20 km of cycle lanes, cycle hire, electric shuttles

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