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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Le Touquet At Least Once

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Updated: 20 July 2017
With its unique French and English blend, stunning natural beauty, seductive art de vivre and that indefinable flair that saw it’s beach named the ‘most elegant in France’, Le Touquet is a place like no other.

Sensational beach

Le Touquet’s most prominent feature is its eight-mile stretch of wide sandy beach opening up on the opalescent Atlantic. The beach is not just a huge open playground for sand castle-building, sunbathing, and long strolls, but is also the stage for plenty of sports and massively popular events such as the Enduropale motorcycle beach race and the beach polo tournament.

Le Touquet beach at low tide
Le Touquet beach at low tide | ©Patrick Janicek/Flickr

Watersports

Every year Le Touquet offers sport lovers plenty of reasons to flock to its shores with a full program of sporting events, but for those who prefer to be the protagonists rather than spectators, along the shoreline they’ll find opportunities to indulge in every imaginable sport: sailing, surfing, longe côte aquatic hiking, and of course the fantastic firm sands are the perfect surface for sand-yachting.

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Chic boutiques

Since the very beginning, Le Touquet has attracted a well-heeled clientele, originally from Paris and eventually, once the well-kept secret was out, discerning visitors came from all over. To cater to this market, a multitude of services and retail facilities have set up here, from the best-known brands to incredibly unique designer shops. It is such a relaxing way to unwind after an active day at the beach, browse the stylish boutiques along Rue de Metz and Rue St Jean, and of course stock up on foodie treats to take back home.

Shopping in Le Touquet
Shopping in Le Touquet | ©Openroads.com/Flickr

Green fun

Golfers have a choice of three courses, offering breathtaking scenic spots where the sea meets the links. While elegant and perfectly manicured, Le Touquet Golf Course has a relaxed and welcoming feel and a lovely clubhouse that has been entirely renovated to world-class standards. It also includes a bright and modern restaurant with an expansive view of the fairway.

Parcours de la Mer at Le Touquet Golf
Parcours de la Mer at Le Touquet Golf | © Sylvia Edwards Davis

Horsing around

Le Touquet is paradise for horse lovers. Experts and beginners can enjoy a relaxing ride on the beach, looking out on the wide estuary of La Canche river. The equestrian center offers more than 40km of trails and host regular competitions, and if you’d rather cheer from the sidelines, Le Touquet’s elegant racecourse with its distinctive Art Deco stands holds events through the summer.

Riding on the beach in Le Touquet
Riding on the beach in Le Touquet | ©Photophilde/Flickr

Seafood

There’s an incredible selection of dining spots for a town of its size, from high-cuisine gastronomic extravaganzas to a light-as-air crêpe on the go. Being by the sea, the most unmissable gourmet experience is to splash out on an extravagant plateau des fruits de mer, with all the trimmings. It’s a seafood sculpture of the freshest lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters… the best known address is Perards, although each restaurant has its own speciality, and an invariably excellent wine cellar.

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Edwardian elegance and roaring 20s glitz

Its Edwardian heyday brought buildings like Le Westminster hotel and witnessed the birth of Le Touquet as a Franco-British playground, but it was in the 1920s and ‘30s that the resort experienced a significant expansion, evident in the flamboyant Art Deco villas and public buildings such as the market, town hall and the post office.

Westminster Hotel in Le Touquet
Westminster Hotel in Le Touquet | ©Sylvia Edwards Davis

The market

Shopping is so much fun at the covered market, a local institution. It’s open on Thursdays and Saturdays in the morning and from the moment you approach you’ll be immersed in a festival atmosphere. All senses at the ready to enjoy your favourite foodie treats and explore new experiences, including delicious regional fruits of land and sea.

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Rolling in style

A great thing about Le Touquet is that you don’t really need a car. The hotels, beach, shopping and dining are all within easy walking distance. Even more fun is to exchange your four wheels for two, and rent one of the excellent fat bikes, to profit from the mostly flat and well-marked cycling routes. Next you can roll on a quadricycle, a big hit for families and groups of friends, or glide on a Segway and then go for a thrilling ride on a four-wheel sand yacht on the beach; or a long board, or a skate board, or a dirt-bike, quad-bike, electric bike… Le Touquet is all about having fun in style.

Fun on wheels in Le Touquet
Fun on wheels in Le Touquet | ©Adrian Parnham / Flickr

Easy access

Not least of the reasons to come to Le Touquet right now is our last very convenient item on the list. It is so easy to get here, that it makes it a perfect destination to visit on a whim for a weekend or short break. Arriving by ferry from Calais, the drive is under 50 minutes, and the town is just just hours from Paris, and Lille if you are arriving by Eurostar.

Driving from Calais
Driving from Calais | ©Openroads.com/Flickr