Côte d'Opale

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Cape Blanc Nez seen from the beach
Cape Gris Nez
Dunes of Touquet

Opal Coast (fr: Côte d'Opale) is a touristic coast in northern France, on the English Channel.


The Côte d'Opale is a French coastal region bordering Belgium, situated in front of the cliffs of the southeast of England, lining the English Channel and the North Sea.

The Côte d'Opale extends over 120 km of coast between the Belgian border and the border with Picardy.

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The Côte d'Opale gathers varied landscapes like beaches, dunes, swamps, estuaries or cliffs.

The Côte d'Opale is marked by the presence of two big cliffs situated between Calais and Boulogne : the Cap Gris Nez (literally grey nose cape in English) reaching 50 m and the Cap Blanc Nez (literally white nose cape in English) reaching 132 m. They are the French points of the coast the closest to England.

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Eugène Boudin's painting of the Dunes at Berck, 1890

Many artists have been inspired by its landscapes, among them the composer Henri Dutilleux, the writers Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens, and the painters J. M. W. Turner, Carolus-Duran, Maurice Boitel and Eugène Boudin. It was the painter Édouard Lévêque who coined the name for this area in 1911 to describe the distinctive quality of its light.[1]


  1. ^ Le Touquet-Paris-Plage à l’aube de son nouveau siècle, éditions Flandres-Artois-Côte d’Opale, 1982, p.22

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Coordinates: 50°30′N 1°35′E / 50.500°N 1.583°E / 50.500; 1.583