Something unexpected happened to me this summer. We took an unplanned, last minute trip to the Côte d'Opale in France and I fell in love. The Côte d'Opale or Opal Coast is the long stretch of coastline that runs for 80 miles on the north coast of France between Calais and Berck-sur-Mer. I expected to enjoy it but what made me love it?
Perhaps it was the journey? The Opal Coast is incredibly accessible from London. We drove down to Folkestone and crossed into France via the Eurotunnel and reached our hotel in a total journey time of less than two hours.
Or the history, culture and architecture? I was enamoured with the ancient walled city of Boulogne-sur-Mer with its exquisite basilica and narrow, cobbled streets. Likewise, I loved the tiny little town of Wimereux with its distinctive and colourful architecture.
Or maybe it was the scenery? We were greeted with lush, rolling green hills, breath taking cliffs, wild outcrops of poppies and other wildflowers, and a beautiful coastline that seemed to stretch forever. Less than two hours away from Paris and London and we felt like we were worlds away!
Whatever the reason, I believe my love for the Côte d'Opale is a lasting one and I will surely return.
The good news is that this autumn they are promoting tourism to this unspoiled part of France with fantastic deals for women in the Opal Coast Women's Week. From 27 October to 4 November 2012, women will receive special offers and discounts on a whole range of activities, accommodation, restaurants and attractions on the Opal Coast.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that partners, children and friends aren’t welcome, it just means that women will receive that extra bit of attention to make their holiday on the Opal Coast especially memorable.
Whether visiting for a single day or staying for a longer, women will be able to receive special treatment and benefits in locations across the Opal Coast including Wimereux, Bouogne-sur-Mer and Calais and also Le Touquet, Berck-sur-Mer and Terre des Deux Caps. The full range of benefits is listed on the Opal Coast Girls website where you can also sign up for news and updates.
You can also visit the website to book accommodation in hotels, bed and breakfasts, holiday rentals or even group gîtes for groups of 12 or more guests! I think this would be the perfect place for a girl’s getaway!
Perhaps the best way to keep informed of the various activities and deals is to like the Opal Coast Girls Facebook page. Here they will regularly share news of shops, towns, restaurants, festivals, hotels and resorts that make the Opal Coast unique and special.
Have you ever been to the Opal Coast and if so, what did you think? Do you think you’d visit in the future? If you do, take the advice passed on to us by our host and make sure that you steer clear of the motorways and take the scenic, coastal roads instead which wind through the tiny towns and along the full 80 miles of stunning coastline.