Calais, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Le Portel, Berck-sur-Mer, Le Touquet or Cap Gris-Nez: discover Opal Coast’s lighthouses.
Lighthouses, all have a unique feature so they can easily be recognised by sailors around the world. During daylight, they can be identified with their shape and color. At night, the light characteristic or pattern (color, number and duration of the flashes) is their signature.
Calais lighthouse is recognizable by its white color and black sleeve. It is built on a former military stronghold, and its tower rises to 51m high.
You will have to climb 271 steps to enjoy a superb panorama on the city of Calais but also as far as Cap Blanc-Nez and over the countryside. On a clear day, Dover cliffs are in sight !
Calais lighthouse can be visited all year round, find opening times and prices here: www.pharedecalais.com
Boulevard des Alliés
Tel 00 33 (0)3 21 34 33 34 or 06 14 11 31 87
BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, THE ONLY SEA-WASHED LIGHTHOUSE
It is the only one of its kind in the region. Located at the end of the Carnot breakwater, its white cylindrical tower topped in green, is 22m high.
Boulogne-sur-Mer lighthouse is not open to public but you will be able to have a closer look, walking up the Carnot breakwater on a calm day (check tide tables and postpone your visit in case of bad weather. It’s better to be safe than sorry.)
ALPRECH LIGHTHOUSE IN LE PORTEL
Located on the site of the former semaphore tower of Cap d’Alprech, the Alprech lighthouse is only 17m high. This modest-sized lighthouse is nonetheless at the highest altitude in the Pas-de-Calais: 62m above sea level!
The Alprech lighthouse is recognizable by its spiral staircase that surrounds a white metal column.
The lighthouse can not be visited.
Route du Portel
62480 LE PORTEL
CAP GRIS-NEZ LIGHTHOUSE
Located on the Grand Site de France les Deux-Caps, about thirty kilometers from the English coast, the first lighthouse was lit in 1837, then electrified in 1869. It was destroyed by the Germans during the 2nd World War .
Made of stones and 27m high, the current lighthouse was commissioned in 1957.
It is no longer open to public as it now houses the CROSS (maritime rescue coordination centre) which is in charge of all safety matters in the Strait of Dover, one of the busiest in the world!
CANCHE LIGHTHOUSE IN LE TOUQUET
Designed by Louis Quételart in 1947, the Canche lighthouse in Le Touquet is an architectural jewel of 57m high. After climbing its 274 steps, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the city and its surroundings.
The lighthouse can be visited all year round, find opening times and prices here: www.letouquet.com
Avenue des phares
62520 LE TOUQUET-PARIS-PLAGE
Tel : 00 33 (0)3 21 06 72 00
With its white and red colors, the lighthouse Berck-sur-Mer is 40m at its highest point. At the foot of it, the Debeyre promenade runs along the coast to the south and leads to the Bay of Authie, where you can see seal colonies at low tide, and the port of Madelon.
The lighthouse is not open to public.
Avenue du Phare