Walk along the beach
Wissant was actually a very active harbour until the XVIth century but he lost grounds in the profit of Calais because of the silting. It thus remained a nice little fisherman’s village offering tranquility to its inhabitants and to the tourists in the heart of a protected site.
Some fishermen still use those little boats called Flobart to go fishing during one tide, as it was the tradition all along the Côte d’Opale. The flobarts are little round-bellied boats measuring 4 to 5 meters that are brought to the water and then pulled on the beach again by a tractor.
Walks are numerous in the area, there is one that goes until Cap Gris Nez and starts on the main square of Wissant (21 km).
For any information contact the Tourist Office (l'office de tourisme de Wissant)
The sand beach
The beach of Wissant is very thin and the sea is really blue. In Italia, such a beach would be full of beach umbrellas and deckchairs and the access wouldn't probably be free. Here, like in most beaches of Northern France, there is a lot of free space and everyone can go to the seaside. However, even if these pictures were taken on a warm August day, there isn't the crowd that I am used to see at the seaside in my country.
Cliffs in Cap Blanc Nez
around 3 km north of Wissant you have the British counterpart of cliffs, on clear day you can actually see Britain
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