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Étaples - fishing boats land their catches on the quayside looking over the flat estuary of the river Canche

Sailing in the estuary of the river Canche at Etaples

Fishing and seafood
Etaples is a working fishing port at the mouth of the river Canche.

Its fishermen run a co-operative with a fish market and a fish restaurant in the little town - both are highly recommended.

1. Fishing with trawled nets out in coastal waters 2. Boat trips down the estuary to the Bay
3. Sail-training school in the sheltered estuary - also a nature reserve and haven for wildlife
4. You can buy really fresh fish in the quayside markets - or eat well in the fishermen's co-op restaurant.

Eugène Boudin: "la Canche à Etaples" (1886) at Château-musée, Boulogne.

It has attracted many artists to live and work here, inspired by the special quality of the light along the Côte d'Opale,and by the colour and vitality of the local fishing community and life by the seaside.

Some have become internationally famous: examples of their work can be seen in local museums.

Web links and more information
Tourist information - OFFICE DE TOURISME:
Le Clos Saint-Victor, boulevard Bigot, 62630 ETAPLES
Tel: 00 33 3 21 09 56 94 - Fax: 00 33 21 09 76 96

Local area map:
Canche-Authie map
Click on places for more information

Where to eat in Etaples - we recommend:
Aux Pêcheurs d'Etaples - seafood restaurant run by local fishermen's co-op

Places to visit
MAREIS - interactive exhibition about working fishermen, Etaples
Maritime Museum, Etaples
Sailing school & river trips, Etaples
AQUALUD - water-based activity centre, Le Touquet
Bagatelle - amusement park, Berck
Les Chocolats de Beussant
Traditional boulangerie - near Hardelot
Nausicaa - sea-world centre in Boulogne
Coastal footpath - long-distance path around the coast to Berck via Dunkerque - Calais- Boulogne
Aréna - Sand dunes study centre nr. Hardelot

Background Information:
Fishing industry
Artists of the Côte d'Opale
Sports and outdoor leisure facilities

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