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Côte d’Opale

Designed by French artist Alain Godon (b 1964), this 9.5m-high sculpture made from polystyrene on a metal frame, coated with beach sand, depicts an abstract version of Paris' Eiffel Tower in the style of a giant sandcastle. It was unveiled in 2017 to commemorate Le Touquet's 105-year anniversary and honour its Parisian connections.

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1. Palais de Congrès

0.66 MILES

Nowadays this 1913-built beauty is Le Touquet's Palais de Congrès (convention centre), but in the town's early-20th-century golden era it was the high…

2. Fish Market

13.81 MILES

To encounter the city's long-time commercial bedrock, commercial fishing, head to the quay used by small fishing boats. Hungry seagulls dive and squawk…

3. Musée Libertador San Martín

13.83 MILES

The house where General José de San Martín, the exiled hero of Argentine, Chilean and Peruvian independence from the Spanish, lived from 1848 until his…

4. Hôtel Desandrouin

13.84 MILES

Built between 1777 and 1780 as a private mansion, the Hôtel Desandrouin (also known as the Palais Impérial) was later used by Napoléon in 1803, 1810 and…

5. Hôtel de Ville

13.87 MILES

Boulogne-sur-Mer's red-brick town hall was built in 1734, but its 37m-high square medieval belfry dates from the 12th century. It's free to climb the…

6. Château-Musée

13.93 MILES

The cultures of five continents meet inside the Château-Musée, housed in a 13th-century fortified castle. Egyptian antiquities (some brought here by…

7. Auguste Mariette Statue

13.95 MILES

Cast in bronze, this statue atop a small pyramid commemorates the pioneering Boulogne-born Egyptologist Auguste Mariette (1821–81), founder of Cairo's…

8. Basilique Notre Dame

13.95 MILES

The Haute-Ville's minor basilica is locally referred to as a cathedral, although it's never held that status. Its towering 101m-high dome, visible from…