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Boulogne sur Mer

Boulogne sur Mer is a coastal town in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of northern France. Located on the English Channel, it is a major fishing port and the second largest city in the region. The city is situated on the mouth of the river Liane, about 25 km from the Belgian border.

The city is home to a number of historical monuments, including the 13th century Tour de Guet, an old watchtower that was once used to guard the city from invaders. Other notable sites include the Notre-Dame de Boulogne Cathedral, a Gothic-style church that dates back to the 12th century, and the old town walls, which were built in the 16th century.

The city is home to a number of museums and galleries, including the Musée des Beaux-Arts, which houses a large collection of artworks from the Middle Ages to the present day. There is also the Musée de la Mer, which is dedicated to the history of the sea, and the Musée de l'Héraldique, which is devoted to heraldry and coats of arms.

Throughout its history, Boulogne sur Mer has been an important port city. It was a major trading hub in the Middle Ages, and was the site of a naval battle between the French and the English in 1544. During World War II, the city was occupied by the German forces, and was the site of a major Allied invasion in 1944.

Today, Boulogne sur Mer is a popular tourist destination, with a wide range of attractions, from its historic monuments to its bustling port. It is also a popular destination for water sports, with a number of beaches and marinas offering a variety of activities.

Excursion tips for a day in Boulogne sur Mer

Boulogne sur Mer, located in the Pas-de-Calais region of France, offers a range of activities for tourists to enjoy on a day trip. Here are some of the top things to see and do:

1. Visit the Nausicaa National Sea Centre - This award-winning aquarium and marine life centre is home to over 35,000 sea creatures, including sharks, turtles and penguins.

2. Explore the Citadel of Boulogne - This historic fortress was built in the 16th century and offers stunning views of the city.

3. Take a stroll along the Promenade du Clair de Lune - This picturesque boardwalk is lined with shops, restaurants and bars, and offers stunning views of the sea.

4. Admire the Notre Dame Cathedral - This beautiful Gothic cathedral is one of the oldest in France and is home to stunning stained glass windows.

5. Visit the Boulogne-sur-Mer Museum - This museum is home to a range of historical artefacts, including ancient tools, coins and pottery from the region.

6. Explore the Boulogne-sur-Mer Old Town - This charming area is home to winding cobbled streets, art galleries, cafes and boutiques.

7. Enjoy the beach - Boulogne-sur-Mer is home to a lovely beach with golden sand and crystal clear waters.

8. Visit the Wimereux Lighthouse - This 19th century lighthouse is the tallest in the region and offers spectacular views of the sea.

Experience Boulogne sur Mer with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Boulogne sur Mer. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Boulogne sur Mer

Boulogne sur Mer in France has a temperate maritime climate, with mild winters and cool summers. In winter, temperatures range from an average low of 4°C to an average high of 8°C, with occasional snowfall. In spring, temperatures range from an average low of 7°C to an average high of 15°C. In summer, temperatures range from an average low of 13°C to an average high of 20°C. In autumn, temperatures range from an average low of 8°C to an average high of 15°C. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, with the wettest months being October and November.

Cruise weather for Boulogne sur Mer

Our weather forecast for Boulogne sur Mer helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 17.6 °C
min: 15.5 °C
34.2 m/s
66.6 m/s
86.0 %
20.9 m
85.6 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 19.7 °C
min: 14.9 °C
14.8 m/s
28.1 m/s
47.6 %
24.1 m
85.1 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 23.8 °C
min: 14 °C
9.4 m/s
25.9 m/s
61.4 %
24.1 m
77.4 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 24.6 °C
min: 14.6 °C
6.8 m/s
14.8 m/s
43.2 %
24.1 m
77.1 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 19.5 °C
min: 16.2 °C
31.0 m/s
39.2 m/s
79.4 %
24.1 m
85.1 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 18.1 °C
min: 15.7 °C
33.1 m/s
59.8 m/s
68.3 %
24.1 m
81.0 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 18.0 °C
min: 17.3 °C
36.4 m/s
58.6 m/s
82.1 %
23.7 m
91.1 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 17.4 °C
min: 16.2 °C
40.7 m/s
49.3 m/s
22.0 %
24.1 m
81.9 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 16.9 °C
min: 15.9 °C
36.0 m/s
43.6 m/s
68.9 %
24.1 m
78.4 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 17.5 °C
min: 15.4 °C
26.6 m/s
32.9 m/s
36.7 %
22.4 m
82.5 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 17.5 °C
min: 16.7 °C
25.9 m/s
29.5 m/s
87.6 %
24.1 m
83.5 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 17.8 °C
min: 17.3 °C
22.3 m/s
30.2 m/s
98.1 %
24.1 m
90.1 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 19.5 °C
min: 17.8 °C
17.3 m/s
22.0 m/s
42.7 %
24.1 m
84.7 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 18.4 °C
min: 16.8 °C
21.6 m/s
23.8 m/s
65.4 %
24.1 m
85.5 %
1,018 hPa

Cruises to Boulogne sur Mer

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Scheduled ship calls in Boulogne sur Mer, France
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