The beautiful white sandy beach, backed by large sand dunes, fantastic restaurants, and art galleries might make you think you are in Camber Sands or Rye in 1066 Country, but you’d be wrong.
This is the jewel of the Cote d’Opale, Le Touquet or “Paris by the sea” The playground of rich Parisians. Beyond the beach, you will find another reason that this beautiful holiday spot in northern France is famous for casinos, designer stores, fantastic restaurants, luxurious hotels, unique architecture and expensive villas spaced out amid acres of woodland.
So why not make a day of it at this unique ‘chic’ resort during your stay here at White Sand, where once the crème of British High Society were regular visitors and only a 20-minute flight away….
Playground of rich Parisians
Le Touquet has a reputation as the most elegant holiday resort of northern France. It is known as the playground of rich Parisians.
Originally an area of wild sand dunes and forest, the resort was created in 1876 by the owner of the Paris newspaper ‘Le Figaro’ and quickly became known as “Paris by the sea”.
In 1903, a British syndicate bought the land and set out to sell properties to the rich from across the Channel. In the 1920s Noel Coward and the “smart set” from England spent weekends here, and commissioned more outstanding villa designs echoing traditional and ultra-modern domestic styles.
Today the town tourist office offers organised trails to see outstanding examples of 19th and 20th-century domestic architecture, which are now preserved and protected. Inland from the beach, the hotels, casino, and expensive villas are spaced out amid acres of woodland, offering every sport imaginable, particularly golf.
For more information visit the official Le Touquet site www.letouquet.com
If you want to stay in one of the most elegant quarters of Le Touquet, just 500m from the beach and 150m from the Palais des Congrès, the sober 1930s luxurious charm of the Westminster Hotel is ideal.
Reserve a table at the delightful L’Auberge de la Dune aux Loups and they will give you a complimentary glass of champagne when you tell them you are flying with Lydd Air: www.laduneauxloups.com
For outdoor sports enthusiasts, Le Touquet offers it all: Tennis, golf, horse riding, and even sand yachting on the extensive sandy beaches. There are also several casinos, and special events and concerts take place year-round.
Le Touquet flights depart Lydd at 09:30 arriving in Le Touquet at 11:00 local French time.
Return flights depart Le Touquet at 17:30 arriving Lydd at 17:00
Flight time is approx. 20 minutes.
Adult £149.94 O/W £76.97