Le touquet is paradise for cyclists, walkers, horse riders and nature lovers alike. Our hotel is situated at the start of many of Le Touquet’s walking routes. . Head out for a long bike ride, horse ride or go by foot along the trails, with bike and pedestrian lanes through the forest, along the beachfront and across the dunes; let yourself be charmed by its beautiful vista. Make the most of the guided tours offered throughout the centre of the town to learn about le Touquet’s history.
If you are a fan of getaways where good shopping figures high on the list, you won’t be disappointed by Le Touquet’s attractive city centre, at only 15 minutes’ walk. from our hotel. Locally-owned individual shops bump shoulders with the most renowned brands on the Avenue Saint Jean, and it is wonderful to wander along and shop as you go.
The biggest aquarium in Europe, the National Sea Centre “Nausicaa” is situated in Boulogne-sur-Mer, a 30-minute drive from the hotel. As a centre of science and marine environment research, Nausicaa invites you to discover its two large courses, “The man and the shore” and “High-sea travel”, with its 10000m3 pool, as well as many other permanent or temporary expositions. With many tanks, terrariums, scenography, a media room, projection rooms, conferences, animations; Nausicaa received a “Centre of excellence” award from UNESCO’s intergovernmental oceanographic» Commission thanks to their eye-opening actions.
The beach is only a ten-mminute walk from the Grand Hôtel. Taking a quick dip in the waves, ice-cream stands, rides, sport entertainment, beach volleyball competitions, Kid’s Clubs; an array of activities are offered all across the beachfront, which vary with the seasons and unveil the dynamism of Le Touquet.
A great many events punctuate every season in Le Touquet, and to name a few : Les Pianos Folies, a festival bringing together artists from all over the world including the most renowned international pianists; not to mention the Touquet Music Beach Festival, an event not to miss for lovers of electro music falling on the last weekend of August; or the mythic Enduropale, the biggest all-terrain motorbike race in the world.
Not far from our hotel, you can discover the Aqualud, the biggest open-air waterpark in the Hauts de France region. Huge slides for the more daring among us, a magic river, swimming pool with wave machine, whirlpools, playgrounds, lazy river, the kids’ lagoon; this park offers an array of activities for children and adults alike.
If you make the most of your Grand Hotel stay to discover the charming surroundings of the Opal Coast, don’t forget to pass by Ambleteuse and Wimereux. A little fishing town, constructed by Vauban in the 18th century, and surrounded by the sea at high tide, Ambleteuse offers a beautiful beach and for lovers of hiking, the “Slack Circuit” is ideal for a family walk. And if you’re a nature lover, discover “Goose Point”, stationed at a Natural Site in Wimereux, only 30 minutes away from our hotel, where local fauna and seals, local flora and kitesurfers reunite.
Only a 10 minute drive from our hotel, discover the Maréis, a place to discover the world of fishing at sea. This centre, installed in an old fishing net factory, will allow you to discover the life of Etaplois fishermen, with guides led by a fisherman who will teach you about fishing techniques, selling fish on stalls, the fishing sector and the life of the sea across the Channel and the North Sea; an aquarium installation will introduce you to the local fauna of the Channel and the North Sea.
Attention gourmets and sweet tooths! At only 20 minutes from our hotel, visit the Beussent-Lachelle chocolaterie, with artisanal chocolates from the North of France. Made fresh with cacao beans from their very own plantation at the Equator, their chocolates are perfectioned by the chocolaterie’s artisans, from the selection of cocoa beans to their torrefaction.
If you are a history lover, don’t miss out on one of the most beautiful towns on the Opal Coast, just over 30 minutes away from our hotel: Montreuil-sur-Mer and the 3km-long ramparts built during Saint-Louis’s reign. With an Abbey, old hospital with its chapel, picturesque cobbled streets, typical French houses, an old tobacco factory: you’ll experience an unforgettable stroll through this town rich with Medieval history.