Boulogne-sur-Mer is one of the larger cities on the Opal Coast. It is located in the Pas-de-Calais department, on the southern border of the Opal Coast (the other end is in Bray-Dunes on the border with Belgium). Boulogne lies at the mouth of the river Liane , a river of hardly 36 kilometers long.
Boulogne was the birthplace of Godfrey of Bouillon, who is also called Godefroi de Boulogne. Godfrey, however, would have moved to Bouillon at a young age, from where he later went to Jerusalem for the first crusade.
Until the seventeenth century Boulogne was the capital of the county of Bonen and was part of the Southern Netherlands, which were under Spanish rule. However, French had been the language of communication since the 14th century (as in large parts of the Southern Netherlands).
In 1805 Napoleon came to Boulogne-sur-Mer with his Grande Armée, an army of nearly 200,000 soldiers with whom he wanted to invade England. Due to the defeat of the French fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar and the formation of a coalition against Napoleon in the rest of Europe, this invasion had to be abandoned. In Wimille, the suburb where the Grande Armée was assembled, he started in 1804 with the construction of a column of 50 meters high, on which the statue adorns. The view from the top of the column is probably worth it, but then you have to go there from Wednesday to Sunday. The site is closed on the other days. The entrance fee is 3 EUR.
The old historic center of Boulogne is still completely walled. This enclosure dates from the beginning of the 13th century. You enter the city through one of the 4 gates (the Porte Neuve, the Porte Gayole, the Porte des Dunes and the Porte des Degrés.) On top of the ramparts you can completely walk around the city, a walk of about 4 kilometers. / p>
In the old historic center there are several places of interest:
The historic city also contains several historic buildings. We give an image of the atmosphere with some photos
Today, Boulogne's main attraction is Nausiaa, a gigantic sea-aquarium, located in the port of Boulogne (near the beach and the Tourist Office). It is open all year round from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm. Count 2 to 3 hours for a visit.
Adults pay 18.30 €, children pay 11.95 €. There is a 1.5 € reduction if you buy tickets online .
In Wierre-Effroy, about 10 km from Boulogne, you will find La Ferme du Vert , as the name it says: " in the green " ;. This farm from the Napoleonic era was converted into a hotel-restaurant in 1980. Nearby is the cheese factory of the Bernard family.