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Here is a suggested itinerary for a short 3 day break to Boulogne. The aim is to include all of the main sightseeing destinations but there are of course a number of other places that could not be included as there are far to many to fit into a short trip to the area. For each day, suggestions have been made as to where would be a good place to eat for lunch and dinner and also where you may choose to spend your evenings for entertainment. During your travels you may find that you pass other restaurants or bars that take your fancy and this is a very personal choice. The options we have listed are just renowned places that have received good reviews, to make your choice simple if you want. Boulogne is full of fantastic sights, great restaurants and relaxing bars, so there is more than enough to fill any weekend break and leave you wanting to come back for more.
Suggested Boulogne itinerary
Morning: The town is dominated by the Cathedral of Notre Dame which should be your first stop during any short visit to Boulogne. After a relaxing tour of the building you could head on to see the Muse Saint Martin, the museum dedicated to the famous liberator.
Lunch: A popular place to eat in Boulogne is Le Welsh Pub, 28 Place Dalton, which although does not sound particularly inviting has proved over the years to serve delicious food on its terrace in the centre of the town.
Afternoon: If you fancy something a bit different this would be a good time to travel out of town to visit the Bec a Suc the sweet factory or perhaps to the Boulonnaise National Park to take a ride on one of the horse drawn carts.
Dinner: One of the most recognised restaurant in the town of Boulogne is that of Chez Joules, where you can enjoy tasty well thought out dishes, made from fresh and local ingredients.
Evening: For a cultured evening you could check to see what performances are taking place at either the Théâtre Monsigny or the Espace de la Faïencerie. Hopefully you will be able to get hold of tickets on the night but for more popular performances you may need to make the arrangements in advance.
Morning: Set off early and travel along the coast to the Mur de L'Antlantique, Battery TODT, near Audinghen, or you could choose to go to the La Coupole at Helfaut. Unfortunately they are in different directions.
Lunch: If you went to Audinghen, on your way back you can stop in the town of Wimereux for a spot of lunch at Restaurant l'Epicure, 1 rue de la Gare, it is small but stylish place to eat that unusually does not focus on seafood, which may be a pleasant change from other coastal eateries.
Afternoon: Wimereux has a lovely seafront that you may fancy taking a walk along after lunch. On your way back into Boulogne, you can take a moment to look at la Colonne de la Grande Armée the monument to Napoleon.
Dinner: Surrounded by sea faring items and other paraphernalia, at Restaurant de la Plage, you can enjoy your surroundings as well as your dinner in this unique setting.
Evening: For a interesting evening you could take yourself along to the Casino du Boulogne where you can either watch other people playing the tables or you could take a little gamble yourself.
Morning: Visit the interesting Museum at the Castle that must be asked across a moat, and then move onto the Beffroi, which if you climb the stairs will produce a healthy appetite in time for lunch.
Lunch: A restaurant with beautiful quality food is Brassierie Hamiot, 1 rue Faidherbe, which has a panoramic view of the town.
Afternoon: Take the time to go and enjoy France's national sea centre Nausicaa Aquarium which you will find at the waters edge in the town.
Dinner: A delightful restaurant close to the sea centre is La Matelote. This award winning restaurant will provide a real treat to complete your short break.
Evening: A relaxing way to end your short break would be to settle yourself in one of the many bars or cafes that are open late into the night in Boulogne. A popular choice is The Vole Hole or Alcazar café.