Perfect for time-poor travellers, those bound by term times or, parents who just want to make full use of those precious family weekends. Le Touquet is so easily accessible from London that travellers can visit just for the day, as the Eurostar from St. Pancras to Calais takes just 55 mins. You can drive it in 4-hrs or, for the truly indulgent go by private jet and arrive in less than an hour (yes, please1). Le Touquet is then a short 45-minute drive or taxi from Calais Frechun train station. For more information see our fact box below.
Le Touquet boosts almost 300 activities from sand sailing and wake boarding, to horse riding and championship golf courses. So, there really should be any ‘I’m bored’ statements. With its ‘Family Plus’ status, Le Touquet’s family facilities are second to none. During school holidays the town offers an outstanding programme of workshops, including tennis courses at the Pierre de Coubertin Tennis Centre; horse riding lessons at The Equestrian Park; pottery and painting workshops; and even a festival just for toddlers – ‘Festival des touts petits’. Le Touquet hosts a jam-packed calendar of festivals, exhibitions, sports tournaments, concerts throughout the year, which promise to keep the whole family entertained. Plus, there is that seven kilometres of white sandy beaches to enjoy too!
For families on a quick 48 hr visit we recommend:
For Culture: The Touquet Museum
Located in the heart of the forest, the Museum of Touquet-Paris-Plage Way Side villa was built in 1925 and turned into a museum in 1932. It offers a glimpse into the traditional Anglo-Norman style of sandstone rooms decorated with woodwork and warm atmosphere. The museum houses the collections of the painters of the School of Etaples, photographic portraits of celebrities of the early twentieth century, contemporary works of art from the greatest French artists from the 1950s to 1970s, alongside new exhibitions changed throughout the year. Open every day except Tuesday. Adults: € 3.50 (Free for under 18s). Free for all: every first Sunday of the month.
For Relaxed Sightseeing: Le Petit Train Du Touquet
This small tourist train of Touquet-Paris-Plage offers a 30-minute guided tour through the sea, part of the city center, monuments, the forest and its sumptuous villas and equestrian park, making it ideal for younger visitors. Adults: € 7;Children up to 12 years old: 4 €
For Fun: Aqualud
Aqualud is the largest water amusement park in the North of France. Go wild with the water slides, aqua-rivers and twisters, or relax in the bubbly jacuzzis, deckchairs or on-site cafe. There is something to suit everyone at L’Aqualud. Aqualud is covered and heated from February to November and additional outside area open in July and August. Fees vary: Free for children under 1 meter accompanied by an adult, children’s rate: from 1 meter to 1.4 meters and Adult price: adult or child over 1.40 meters
GOOD TO KNOW: On the beachfront you will also find many attractions suitable for young children including a vintage carousel and various play park situated near beach front bars and cafes.
For adventure seekers: La Baleine Royale
Get around and see the nature beauty of Le Touquet by hiring a bike (or electric bike) and follow the recommended cycle routes. Even just a steady family cycle through the protected sand dunes, taking in the sea air is enough to make you feel like you’ve had a week away rather than just a weekend.
WHAT TO SEE:
A family resort at heart, Le Touquet is more than just a beautiful beach. Visit the infamous pine forest (great for long walks and cycling), evening bars and casinos (if you manage to have a babysitter with you) and a bustling town centre on the rue Saint Jean with local, designer and out-of-this world foodie shops that are open year round to the delight of visitors.
On the subject of shops pop into the most famous chocolatier shop – since 1912 Au Chat Bleu has been selling a vast array of traditional sweets; A wonderful, tins all lined up in rows sardine and fish haven at Conserverie La Belle Iloise; For chic and stylish French children labels, toys and gifts visit Petit Cube; and for regional home-made biscuits and savoury treats visit The Manufacture du Touquet. You can also see produce being hand made on the premises.
Conserverie La Belle Iloise
The Manufacture du Bouquet
Do also try and visit The Lighthouse Canche. This architectural jewel of 57 meters was designed by Louis Quételart in 1947 and is worth the winding 274 steps (not permitted for children under 6) to the top to see the breathtaking views of the resort, forest and beach. A guide will also tell you the story of the two old fires through an exhibition in the former home of the lighthouse keeper. Priced: 5 € for Adults; 3 € for children (6-12 yrs) and 13 € for a family pass (2 adults-2children). Its open Tuesday to Sunday at appointed times throughout the day. Private visits and group outings also available.