A superb beach, a unique heritage, wide open air spaces that lend themselves to walks and sports activities - horse riding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing... -. Wimereux, an elegant seaside resort, located in the heart of the Caps et Marais d'Opale Regional Natural Park, was at the Belle Époque the favourite holiday resort of the inhabitants of Lille and well-to-do Parisians. Trains arriving from the capital poured their stream of tourists into the station, in a hurry to reach their villa or one of the fifty hotels that the commune had at its disposal at the time. Very quickly, the English also flocked, contributing to the success of this then fashionable seaside resort. Between 1870 and 1930, more than 800 Anglo-Norman-style villas were built: it was the time of half-timbering, elaborate wooden balconies and pastel-coloured facades. Also worth seeing are the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the buildings of the marine station, as well as some military remains from the 17th and 18th centuries such as the Battery and the Crib Fort, the ruins of the Fort de Croy and the Legion of Honour Memorial.

Even today the city is still filled with a sweet nostalgia. So chic! First-rate sporting events (sailing regattas, French kitesurfing championship...) are organised there thanks to the dynamism of its sailing club. Bordering the commune of Boulogne-sur-Mer and gateway to the Grand Site des deux Caps, Wimereux is a seaside resort that remains attractive throughout the four seasons.

Lovers of prehistory will be able to go to the prehistoric site of the Pointe aux Oies and admire the collections of Charles Belart (paleolithic tools).

As for those who love the great natural spaces with their protected fauna and flora, they will be able to wander at leisure through the vast 410-hectare area classified as Natura 2000 under the very evocative name of the Cliffs and Dunes of Wimereux, the estuary of the Slack, Garennes and Communes of Ambleteuse-Audresselles.

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