The small town of Wimereux is one of those genteel, off the beaten-track seaside resorts that people can’t help falling in love with. You’ll find it nestling on the Opal Coast in the department of Pas de Calais, Hauts de France. It’s a bit of a well-kept secret – or at least it was until now!
Wimereux, pronounced “Vimereux”, is colourful and elegant with lots of Belle Epoque style villas. There are quirky shops and plenty of cafés and bars which are alluring and charming.
For fabulous food, head to the restaurants at the Atlantic Hotel right on the edge of the beach. A sunset viewed from here will be a memory you’ll cherish as you steam into the delectable food. There are two restaurants: downstairs is the contemporary style bistro where you can enjoy a truly special three course meal for less than 25 Euros including mouth-watering salmon smoked on site by the chef. Upstairs is the posher and more expensive (though not excessively so) Liègoise restaurant with fabulous views through a glass wall overlooking the bay of Wimereux. The menu delivered by father and son team Alain and Benjamin Delpierre is Michelin starred quality food and seriously delicious (fabulous hotel too).
The beach at Wimereux is sandy and long, great for families. It’s a rather old-fashioned place and that’s part of its charm. No arcade machines here, just plenty of space, fresh air and charm.
Be warned that it can be difficult to park on a sunny weekend but persevere – it’s worth it!