Cote d’Opale

Calais Taster -

Cote d’Opale

Taster Day along the coast around Calais - £59pp

including museum visit.

Channel crossing not included.

Bring your 4x4 and explore the Opale Coast of northern France for the day. Travel along lanes and tracks that have witnessed a succession of invading forces, but now see most vehicles speeding down the motorway to destinations further south. It is all conveniently on our doorstep, within easy reach of the ferries and tunnel at Calais. We begin exploring just five minutes from the Eurotunnel. The Opale Coast has been fought over and invaded by the Romans, the Spanish, the Dutch, the English and more recently the Germans. They have all left their mark on the landscape, across which we will guide you for the day, passing the defences of Caesar’s fort, and Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. The Bay of Wissant has been a fishing port for millennia, but was also one of Napoleon’s northern sea ports. Now it offers (on a clear day) views of the English coast and is also home to a traditional brewery that offers a suitable stop for lunch and the opportunity to buy directly from the brewer. The village of Les Baraques, near Calais, was also the centre of the competition for the first cross channel powered flight; nearby was the landing point of the first balloon to successfully cross the Channel in 1785. Within the same fields (then under English control) Henry VIII and Francis I met for almost a month in 1520 in an attempt to strengthen bonds between the two countries. The coast and the Channel are in view for a lot of the day, and we are able to experience the same view that the German troops had when posted to man the Atlantic Wall. Their graffiti still remains on the walls of long abandoned gun emplacements, one of which has been turned into a museum, a visit to which is included in the tour. Whether you decide to travel over for the day, or to find a hotel and stay for a weekend there is plenty to see in this region that has a rich history of conflict and occupation, dating back through the centuries. Hopefully, this ‘taster’ day will provide you with an appetite to join us on our main tours. This is a one day green laning trip that begins at Calais around 10am and ends conveniently close to the motorway around 5pm for your return or onward travel.
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