Lots of nature activities to try out during your stay in Calais
The territory harbours many unspoiled natural areas between the two headlands on the Opal Coast and the inland St Omer region with its marshlands. Make the most of nature and confront the elements by kitesurfing, sand-yachting, paddle-boarding and plenty of other activities !
Le coup de coeur de Ghislaine, directrice du CES
Le longe côte ! ...
Things to see and do !
There are several bases for sand-yachting,if you want to try out this very popular activity in the region: The Hemmes de Marck base (11 km from the hostel) and the base at Boulogne-sur-Mer (30 km away).
For a variety of nautical activities, different beginner’s sessions and for hiring equipment, the Tom Souville sailing base with its artificial lake is situated the other side of Blériot-Plage (3.5 km from the hostel).
For an initiation session of kitesurfing, go to the 2 Caps Kite organisation in Sangatte (7 km) !
The Two Caps
Certified Grand Site de France since 2011, the Two Caps will surprise you! With its sand dunes, fishing villages and rugged cliffs with panoramic viewpoints, the landscape will enchant you! Consult the Two Caps website for more details about visiting the site.
Between Marck and Oye-Plage, make a detour to visit the magnificent Jardin du Beau Pays, which also boasts a tropical greenhouse with exotic birds and butterflies and lush tropical vegetation.
Fancy a stroll in the woods? The Guines woods are 15 km from the hostel and perfect for a family walk in the shade of the magnificent trees growing in the Bois de Ballon. If you’re looking for a shot of adrenaline and fun, go to the Treetop Adventure course in Guines, situated at the entrance to the woods, for an exhilarating sports session!
Visit the marshlands near St Omer, on foot or in a bacove (typical small boat in the locality) and explore the swampy greenery.
Fauna, flora and discoveries
For more details about nature sites and parks in the area, and the species that live there, and advice on how to explore them respectfully, we suggest that you visit EDEN62’s website. “ Protect, develop and raise awareness” is the motto of this voluntary organisation, which also organises nature field trips. You can participate in one of the outings in their programme, or book one specifically designed for your group !
Advice, ideas or help ?
The Tourist Office website