Coordinates: 50°34′00″N 1°36′52″E / 50.5667°N 1.6144°E / 50.5667; 1.6144
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The church of Camiers
The church of Camiers
Coat of arms of Camiers
Location of Camiers
Camiers is located in France
Camiers is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 50°34′00″N 1°36′52″E / 50.5667°N 1.6144°E / 50.5667; 1.6144
IntercommunalityCA Deux Baies en Montreuillois
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Gaston Callewaert[1]
16.13 km2 (6.23 sq mi)
 • Density170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
62201 /62176
Elevation2–176 m (6.6–577.4 ft)
(avg. 23 m or 75 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Camiers (French pronunciation: [kamje]) is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in Hauts-de-France in France.[3]


The area of the commune is 16 km2 (6.2 sq mi). The village of Camiers itself is small and stands just inland from the dunes on the south-west and west-facing coast just north of Étaples. The space between the village and the mouth of the River Canche is occupied by a nature reserve in the dunes. The local solid geology is the Cretaceous plateau of Artois with the Boulonnais just to the north. In its highest part, the commune rises onto the Upper Cretaceous at 176 metres but most lies on the levelled marine sand which in the medieval period, was off-shore.

The coastal road, the D940 now by-passes the village to the west while the main traffic between Calais and Abbeville is carried by the Autoroute A16 on the higher ground to the east. The Autoroute briefly passes through the eastern extremity of the commune.


Camiers belonged to the Lordship of Noailles. However the waters of the lagoon between the dunes and the shore of the solid geology, for many years, presented an obstacle to its development.

During the First World War the flat lands were the site of the huge base depot of the British army in France. It is usually known nowadays as Étaples camp. Through most of the war, close to it and part of the same complex, Camiers camp was the base depot, in France, of the Machine Gun Corps. Its home base depot was at Belton Park, near Grantham.

In the 1890s, painters Henri and Marie Huhem established themselves in Camiers and gathered other artists around them. The group would be known as "L'école de Wissant", taking the name of the nearby commune where Virginie Demont-Breton lived.[4]


In 2018, there were 1,115 households, of which 340 were of one person.[5]

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 2,088—    
1975 2,064−0.17%
1982 2,093+0.20%
1990 2,176+0.49%
1999 2,252+0.38%
2007 2,654+2.07%
2012 2,686+0.24%
2017 2,717+0.23%
Source: INSEE[6]

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • Camiers mill
  • Saint Gabriel Plage. Location of the Grand Hôtel, which was destroyed by the sea in 1912.
  • Sainte Cécile Plage. Most visitors go there for swimming.
  • Hotel les Cedres - Schools stay there.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French)., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 13 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2021". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2023.
  3. ^ INSEE commune file
  4. ^ Ball, Jean-Marie; Bourrut Lacouture, Annette; Gallois, Philippe (2013). L'École de Wissant et ses peintres [The School of Wissant and its painters] (in French). Art et Histoire de Wissant. ISBN 9782954567303.
  5. ^ Couples - Familles - Ménages en 2018, INSEE
  6. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE