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Boulogne’s Herring Festival

Boulogne-sur-mer (62 Pas de Calais, Hauts de France) may no longer have a cross-channel ferry service, and as a consequence fells more “french” and less frenetic and transitory than its rival Calais. Famous for its local food, markets and shopping it also hosts  its Fete du Hareng (Herring Festival) 17 – 18  November 2018(to be confirmed)

At the old port, numerous stands will be exhibiting their wares  – fresh and smoked herring, salted and split herrings – kippers – all as a way of celebrating the maritime heritage , customs and trade of the port.

The highlight is usually a huge barbecue – ideal for freshly grilled fish with chips or a baguette and a glass of newly-released Beaujolais Nouveau (released on the third Thursday of November)

Boulogne B&B - Enclos de l'évêché

Boulogne B&B – Enclos de l’évêché

see also the Etaples Herring Festival also held in November


For more info see
Get best hotel rates in Boulogne-sur-mer  – or stay in a B&B in the old town at Les Terrasses de l’Enclos – Enclos de l’évêché B&B

Boulogne-sur-Mer is the largest fishing port in France. Boulogne sur Mer, a city with its roots in the ocean! yet a city known for its art and history. Just a short distance from the Channel Tunnel in the heart of the Opal Coast landscape. Boulogne sur Mer is here to welcome and surprise you. 2000 years of history including the imprint left by the Romans, the English, and by Napoleon. Numerous ancient monuments and buildings testify to this heritage: the XII century Belfry, the powerful XIII century city walls, the Castle Museum which is a must for visitors, the imposing cathedral and its medieval crypt. You will find a warm welcome in the city’s pedestrian central area with attractive shops, colourful markets and many restaurants where you can sample the tasty seafood delicacies for which the place is famous. The fishing port, so close to the city centre, is the biggest in France. The Nausicaa ocean visitor centre is situated right beside the beach and offers the opportunity to embark on an amazing journey of discovery around our blue planet


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