Côte d’Opale (Opal Coast) stretches north from the Bay of Somme (at Berck) to the Belgian border. The northern part of Côte d’Opale, along the North Sea, is also called Dunes de Flandre.
Côte d’Opale has many faces. The most remarkable part is between the grey and white caps (on both sides of Wissant) with cliff landscapes and some beautiful beaches. Outside this area, there are large sandy beaches where one can practice sand yachting.
Even if the temperature of the sea is lower than on the beaches of the Mediterranean, Côte d’Opale attracts many tourists every year. People come to enjoy the scenery but also fewer crowds than on the French Riviera (and lower prices). Some resorts have preserved their authenticity (Hardelot, Wimereux, Wissant...).