Boulogne has plenty of quaint shops lining its cobbled streets; a visit to the Fromageries (cheese shops) for some world renowned French cheeses is a must.
Do explore the caves or wine shops for some fine French wines, and of course, the hypermarkets and quaint open-air markets offer more shopping options. Boulogne, perhaps unsurprisingly, has its own vibrant fish market, so if you are on a day-trip, make sure to bring a cooler bag to fill up with freshly caught fish and seafood.
When you visit you simply must partake of the wonderful French cuisine. As Boulogne is a premier fishing port, it’s no surprise that some of its most elegant restaurants specialise in seafood dishes. There’s also a fine choice of brasseries and even pubs, especially around Place Dalton and also in the old town’s rue de Lille.
From a world-class aquarium to historic ramparts, Boulogne offers a lovely choice of places to visit and enjoy.
Boulogne Must Sees
Boulogne’s old city walls or ramparts are over 2000 years old. These fortifications were built by the Count of Boulogne, on the foundations of a Gallo-Roman wall. There are seventeen turrets and four gates that have hardly changed since ancient times.
Notre Dame Cathedral
The cathedral of Notre Dame features a huge dome that dominates the skyline from almost everywhere in Boulogne. The cathedral and its crypt became a pilgrimage sight thanks to a glowing statue of the Virgin Mary.
A gigantic sea world centre with interactive displays, fun activities, films and games. Various aquariums show off a mind-boggling array of colourful fish and marine species from manta rays to sharks that swim overhead.
Colonne de la Grande Armée
This elegant column, topped with a statue of Napoleon in military dress, was built after the ceremony at which Napoleon bestowed the Legion on the site of the Boulogne camp. There is a free museum nearby that offers lots of information about the column and its background history.
This medieval castle with its vaults, underground passages and moats offers an enjoyable way to pass the afternoon. You can walk through the vaults and underground passages of this listed building including the chapel and the baronial hall. Do not miss the magnificent gothic Salle Barbière (armoury) adjoining the old prison.
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