Picardy Coast and baie de Somme (Somme bay) informations
From cliffs to dunes… a beautiful lesson in geography :
The Côte Picarde with its 60 Km of coastline reveals landscapes of an outstanding variety.
From Mers-les-Bains to Ault-Onival, the cliff reaches a height of over 60 metres.
The resort of Ault-Onival, a “balcony overlooking the sea” offers superb viewpoints.
Further on, protected by a pebble sea wall, stretch the lowlands with the waterways of Hâble d'Ault.
Surronded by the headlands of Hourdel and St-Quentin, the vast baie de Somme is a unique and imposing area.
To the north, the beach of Marquenterre, with its 20 kilometres of soft sand, borders one of the most extensive dune massifs of northern Europe.
An exceptional naturel milieu :
The picardy coast renowned for being the coastline the least touched by urban development in France, has numerous conservation areas with may be explored on foot, on horseback or by bike.
There is a large variety of birds in this region. More than two thirds of all European birds have been observed here.
Visitors to the bird sanctuary of Marquenterre can watch birds flying in comple freedom, from special concealed posts.
The “Maison de l'Oiseau“, has recreated some superb scenes, presenting the birds in their different habitats.
Lively resorts :
Fort-Mahon-Plage, Quend-Plage-les-Pins, Le Crotoy, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Le Hourdel, Cayeux-sur-Mer, Ault-Onival, Mers-les-Bains.
The riches of the area inland from the coast :
The abbey of Valloires, the fortress of Rambures, the Chapel of Saint-Esprit in Rue, the collegiate church of Saint Vulfan in Abeville and the abbey-church of Saint-Riquier are veritable masterpieces of gothic art.
Tourist office :
21, street Ernest Cauvin – 80000 Amiens Tél. 03 22 71 22 71 - Fax 03 22 71 22 69