Blériot Beach or Baraques Beach is found at the edge of Sagnatte in the continuation of Calais Beach. This vast sand beach extends for several kilometers toward the south to the neighborhood Salines and to downtown Sangatte. Bordered by immense dunes, this beach is full of history.
The wooden chalets on the beach were built in the 17th century as shelter for the poor in Calais that were affected by the plague. This is where the nickname Baraques (barracks) comes from. At that time and during long centuries after, this neighborhood of barracks had a very bad reputation.
On July 25, 1909, Louis Blériot was the first to cross the English Channel by airplane to Dover, England in 37 minutes. When he died in 1936 the neighborhood Baraque was renamed Blériot-Plage. The neighborhood was renovated and became a great seaside resort.
Note that this beach does not have a lifeguard. There are several free parking lots, one at the exit of Calais and another near rue de la Mer in Blériot-Plage.
55 Route Nationale
367 m from the beach
Hotel, starting at € 38
48 Route Nationale
392 m from the beach
Hotel, starting at € 74
Bed & Breakfast
2 Rue Des Franciscaines
492 m from the beach
Bed & Breakfast, starting at € 96
2577 Route Nationale
572 m from the beach
The beginning of this beach is the continuation of Calais Beach. Bordered by imposing dunes, we find the famous barracks (wooden chalets historically given to the poor of Calais who were affected by the plague) directly on the sand.
Between the dunes there are several hundred wooden chalets that bring a certain style to this beach.
Around Calais is a constant coming and going of ships between France and England.
The end of the chalets of Sangatte defines the limit between this beach and Blériot and Calais Beach.
To the south, this beach is more wild and its grandeur is guarantees a spot away from the crowd. A few blockhaus can be found in the dunes.
The dunes are very imposing in this area. To the left, the village of Blériot with its many houses and vacation homes.
The chalets form a little village in the sand.
We find several free parking lots. This one is found near rue Vigier. Another one is available at the exit of Calais.
There are paths that allow you to join the beach.
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