Côte Opale

Blue Sunday: on the côte opale

The day the clocks go back is my least favourite of the year. I think of it as Blue Sunday. But this year, instead of staying at home and whingeing about it, we took a drive along the Opal Coast from Calais to Boulogne.

Who knew it was quite so beautiful?

Côte Opale, near Calais

We got the idea to do this when Damon’s sister said she and her family would be passing through Calais on Sunday morning. They’d just spent a week in Portugal and would be driving through France on their way back to their home in Scotland.

They’d have an hour and a half to spare with us. We haven’t seen them in ages, so we arranged to meet in front of Calais’ most impressive landmark, its town hall.

Calais town hall

It was great to catch up with them and hear all about their holiday. In fact, I think our move to mainland Europe may have inspired them – they’re now talking about moving lock, stock and barrel to Portugal.

They think it would be great to give their children, Willow and Carrig, more opportunities in life.

Damon, Fiona and children

Once we’d see them off, we headed back to the car and set off for the scenic coastal road from Calais to Boulogne – or Boulogne-sur-Mer, to use its proper name.

I have to be honest, I’ve never rated Calais, so I was surprised how quickly the view became rather lovely. The road from Calais really hugs the coastline at points, so you get some great views.

There are some good places to stop off and get out of the car to admire the view too. Here’s a snap Damon took of me at one of the places we stopped.

Côte Opale

We carried on down to the charming little town of Wissant, where we stopped off for lunch.

We finished our afternoon with a wander round the old fortified part of Boulogne-sur-Mer. We’ve been there before, but it is very charming all the same.


Then it was back in the car to Lille. This time, we took the autoroute and were home just as it began to get dark…

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5 thoughts on “Blue Sunday: on the côte opale

  1. Your mention of Wissant made me laugh. We’ve stopped overnight near there a few times, enroute to Calais & the port, at a campsite which had an owner straight from central casting for ‘Allo ‘Allo, complete with moustache. He looked like the British policeman in the series who was undercover & whose catch line was “Good Moaning”. It was a slightly odd set up – in the campsite bar you had to ask for the key to the bar’s toilets, even if you were a customer & staying on site. We always have a laugh as we pass signs to Wissant!

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    • Hilarious! We had lunch at the hotel/restaurant on the corner in the town centre. Slightly odd décor – — it didn’t know what it wanted to be, beach shack or cosy restaurant — but the food was good.

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  2. I know …. a great beach ..in Calais…and le touquet isn’t tres chic.. nice prom…everyone just drives past!

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  3. Is tres chic! …


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