Boulogne is a working town. It's France's busiest fishing port. But it also used to be where all the ferries came in from the UK, so many Brits will know it. And many think it's a lot prettier than Calais - indeed some of the best places to stay in Boulogne can be found in the elegant centre of the town.
Despite being bombed extensively during WW2, the oldest bit of Boulogne - within the walls of the medieval castle which sits on the hill - survived. The rebuilt section is now referred to as the New Town and spreads to the riverside and the coast.
Within the castle's walls are Boulogne's Cathedral, the belfry, Town Hall and of course the castle, a 13th Century moated chateau. It's picturesque in the summer when the moat's filled with waterlilies. The castle is now a museum. In the crypt of the Cathedral are stone cannon balls belonging to the army of Henry VIII, who once besieged this city. The walls and ramparts are also worth investigating.
As you'd hope from France's largest fishing port, Boulogne has an excellent food market, specialising in seafood. It runs Wednesdays and Saturdays. There's also an impressive aquarium.
There are some nice beaches at Equihen, Le Portel and Hardelot. And just outside of Boulogne is a monument commemorating Napoleon's successful invasion of England…All of our recommendations for the best places to stay in Boulogne are well situated to make the most of all this!
Still not sure which is the hotel for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Boulogne, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Want to widen the net? Check out all our Channel Port recommendations.
An elegant townhouse hotel in the centre of Boulogne with an intimate atmosphere. Simple but elegant bedrooms and one family suite with parquet floors and high ceilings. Great value for families and friends visiting the city or stopping off to or from the ferry.
An attractive stone farmhouse hotel and restaurant in a rural village. Bedrooms and suites can sleep up to five people. All decorated in warm earthy colours with parquet floors, white washed walls, and wooden beams.
Gorgeous farmhouse with attentive hosts and an excellent restaurant. Various rooms and suites can accommodate couples, families and groups of friends. Interiors designed with contemporary elegance enhance a sense of wellbeing. A great choice for a country escape.
A charming bed and breakfast with comfortable accommodation 2.5 miles from Montreuil-sur-Mer. Rooms are simple and homely with authentic wooden beams. A wonderful open fireplace in the communal lounge and lovely surrounding garden. French breakfasts with home made jams. Classic french countryside.
Boulogne (La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil)
Unusual but spectacular. Design centric rooms and suites made from natural fibres emulate the ethos of the kitchen. Fresh, natural, and uncluttered - mentally too. A zen habitat for those looking for something gourmet and different.
Boulogne-sur-Mer, Channel Ports
A cosy restaurant with rooms. Bedrooms and reception rooms are smartly furnished with red and gold decoration and mahogany furniture. The ground floor harbours a small pool and jacuzzi although it's all about the restaurant here. The michelin star outlet is famed for seafood. Unmissable.
Digue de Mer, Channel Ports
Excellent seafood and spectacular sunsets at this Art Deco seafront hotel. Contemporary rooms with floor to ceiling windows that let in lots of natural light and offer spectacular views. The fantastic restaurant serves fresh fish of the day. An all encompassing seaside hotel.