The seaside resort of Wimereux

Old villas in Anglo-Norman style lovingly restored, beach cabins neatly lined up along the sea wall, Wimereux always makes sure it looks at its best, while retaining its authenticity. This lively and cosy coastal resort at the Côte d'Opale offers a variety of entertainment such as water sports, sea fishing, beach entertainment, golf, horse riding, cultural trips, brocante markets,...

picture seaside resort picture seaside resort picture seaside resort picture seaside resort picture seaside resort picture seaside resort picture seaside resort picture seaside resort

The region - The 'Boulonnais'

Whistle as you walk down the paths that criss-cross the inland areas, head off in search of fine sandy beaches of the Côte d'Opale, let yourself be soothed by the incessant to-and-fro of the sea, contemplate the beauty of the landscape...

picture region picture region picture region picture region

With the typical hawthorn hedges that surround the meadows, the Boulonnais is a paradise for all nature lovers. The walker, the biker as well as the horse rider will find lots of mapped out routes.

picture region picture region

Other places of interest/activities

Certainly worthwhile ....

  • Boulogne-sur-Mer : old city centre with medieval walling and picturesque streets, castle-museum, basilique Notre-Dame
  • "Le Grand Site National des Caps" – Just a glimpse away from Wimereux one will find the protected nature of the two famous chalk cliffs of Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Griz Nez . On a clear day you can see the white cliffs of England (at 34 km).
  • Nausicaa : underwater world in Boulogne-sur-Mer. An ideal journey when the weather is bad www.nausicaa.fr
  • Golf course at Wimereux: an 18 hole course that can even make the professional British golf player feel at home www.golf-wimereux.com
  • Hélicéa : tropical swimming pool + indoor ice skating at Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Aréna : unique tourist learning centre teaching you all the best of the dunes arena.agglo-boulonnais.fr
  • Numerous museums and monuments on the 2nd World War
  • Le Wast; Chateau de Colembert
  • Church of Saint-Léonard
  • ...

More information can be obtained from the tourist information centre of Wimereux.

Links

A bit of history

Wimereux gets its name from the river running there into the sea. Wimereux was initially a flemish sounding name; in the 13th century one wrote Wimmerrewe or Wimerreuwe.

Only after the Emperor Napoleon's arrival Wimereux took its place on the world map. In 1806 he commanded the newbuilding of a port in the estuary of the Wimereux. The houses built there served at first to lodge the soldiers of the Grande Armée.

On the cultural historical plan, the area has experienced the unimaginable. Caesar, Napoleon and Hitler found it the stepping stone to England. Along the coast all sorts of reinforced structures - from old fortresses to the concrete bunkers from the 2nd World War- witness of this tumultuous past. On the landside one will notice several reinforced farms and castles.

Fort Vauban in Ambleteuse (also known as the "fort Mahon")