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Aval Beach in Wissant - France

Information on the Aval Beach in Wissant (France)


Description and location of the Aval Beach in Wissant (62179)

Map of the Aval Beach in Wissant

Our opinion on the Aval Beach

Adresse of the Aval Beach : Rue des Oyats 62179 Wissant

On the south side of Wissant we find Aval Beach, also called Cap Gris Nez Beach (it offers a great view of the cape). At low tide, the beach is huge and extends to Audinghen (to Cape Gris Nez). However, at high tide the beach is reduced to nothing (which is a problem for the erosion and receding of the dune, which is why we find breakwaters near downtown to try to avoid the receding).

This beach is mostly for taking a nice walk (signs indicate that swimming is forbidden, we are in an area where we can practice kitesurfing and sand yachting as there is always wind).

Two accesses allow us to get to this beach. The first is from downtown Wissant at the end of the dam's promenade where we find some stairs. The second, near the south campsites of Wissant near rue des Oyats (we find a little free parking lot an a path allowing us to cross the dunes).

Note that dogs are allowed on this beach (the city only forbids them on the beaches of downtown and the dune Amont).

Characteristics of the Aval Beach

Type of beach

  • Creek
  • Shade
  • Lawn
  • Pebbles
  • Sand
  • Cement

Equipment on the beach

  • Handicap accessible
  • Swimming pool
  • Kids Club
  • Shower
  • Mattress rental
  • Free parking
  • Payed parking
  • Paddle boats
  • Lifeguards in season
  • Restaurants
  • WC


  • Beach volleyball
  • Nautical Center
  • Sand Yachting
  • Nursery
  • Fishing
  • Nautical sports
  • Surfing
  • Scuba diving
  • Kitesurfing


  • Difficult access
  • Nude beach
  • Wild beach
  • Near city center


  • Barbecues permitted
  • Dogs allowed
  • Smoke-free beach

Photos of the Aval Beach

Photo of the Aval beach in Wissant in France

We are at the edge of the dam's promenade in Wissant (near downtown). This is where we have the best view of the beach and the Aval dunes as well as Cape Gris Nez. We can see the different breakwaters to avoid erosion of the dunes (at high tide we no longer have a beach, which attacks the dunes.

Aval beach in Wissant
breakwaters on the Wissant beach

The breakwaters show us how the sea looks at high tide.

Aval Dune in Wissant
Beach for water sports in Wissant

We do not find many swimmers in this area as it is reserved for water sports (a sign indicated that swimming is prohibited). Nevertheless, this beach is very nice for taking a walk.

Access to the Aval beach of Wissant

At the end of the dam's promenade, we find an access to this beach by wooden stairs.

Stairs of the Wissant beach

A second access is made above the Aval dunes by taking a path from rue des Oyats.

Parking of the Aval beach in Wissant

At the beginning of the path, we find a small free parking lot (rue des Oyats). Access to this beach is made in a few minutes from a path.

Trail access to the wild beach of Wissant

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