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GET­TING THERE

By rail: The jour­ney from Lon­don to Calais is just over an hour on Eurostar (eurostar.com), re­turn fares from £58; from Calais, there are trains ev­ery cou­ple of hours to Boulogne-sur-mer, jour­ney time 25 min­utes.

Nausicaá

Boulevard Sainte Beuve 62203 Boulogne-sur-mer Tel: (Fr) 3 21 30 98 98 nau­si­caa.fr

GET­TING AROUND

Boulogne is easy to get around on foot, with Nausicaá just a 25-minute walk from the for­ti­fied old town. And, as ap­pro­pri­ate to a city which has pro­duced an Olympic medal-win­ning cy­clist (Mick­aël Bour­gain), bikes can be rented from Cy­cléco (Fo­rum Jean Noël, Quai de la poste) from €9 per day.

WHERE TO STAY La Matelote

70 boulevard Sainte-beuve 62200 Boulogne-sur-mer Tel: (Fr) 3 21 30 33 33 la-matelote.com Lo­cated on the wa­ter­front, di­rectly op­po­site Nausicaá, La Matelote is a good four-star with an out­stand­ing Miche­lin­starred res­tau­rant.

L’en­c­los de l’evêché

6 rue de Pressy 62200 Boulogne-sur-mer Tel: (Fr) 3 91 90 05 90 en­clos­deleveche.com Lovely, wel­com­ing B&B in the old town with a charm­ing court­yard, spa­cious rooms and stacks of char­ac­ter.

WHERE TO EAT La Matelote

70 boulevard Sainte-beuve 62200 Boulogne-sur-mer Tel: (Fr) 3 21 30 17 97 la-matelote.com Boulogne’s top res­tau­rant, where Miche­lin-starred chef Tony Lesti­enne serves up out­stand­ing dishes, with ex­cel­lent wines and im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice. Five-course menu des saveurs €70, two-course lunch menu from €28.

L’aloze

Digue de Mer 62930 Wimereux Tel: (Fr) 3 21 32 41 01 at­lantic-delpierre.com Ex­cel­lent brasserie at the four-star Ho­tel At­lantic in nearby Wimereux, with a wa­ter­front lo­ca­tion and lots of seafood on the menu – the tartare de had­dock was par­tic­u­larly good (€8). Two cour­ses €22.

FOR AN ‘APÉRO’ La Cave du Mon­sieur Guy

4 rue de Lille 62200 Boulogne-sur-mer Good local beers (and de­li­cious char­cu­terie plat­ters) with ta­bles out­side on the cob­bled street, just around the cor­ner from Boulogne’s Unesco-listed me­dieval bef­froi.

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