"Boulogne: an international town" Top 5 Page for this destination Boulogne-sur-Mer by Mikebond

Boulogne-sur-Mer Travel Guide: 105 reviews and 369 photos

French, British, European

Although Boulogne-sur-Mer is quite a small town (44,200 inhabitants), it has played an important role in the French and Brisith history.
Founded by the Romans with the name of Bononia, it was contested by the English and the French in the 16th century.
It's from there that Napoleon had planned to invade Britain at the beginning of the 19th century; since then, Boulogne has always had ties with the opposite side of the Channel (La Manche in French). Today, it is twinned with Folkestone, which many ferries connect all day long to Boulogne. This explains why you will often hear someone speak English while you are going for a walk in the downtown.
Also, the first Esperanto Universal Congress was held there in 1905.
Today Boulogne is a lively town with a great cultural heritage. It offers much to visitors (museums, concerts, and so on), but I think it is not as known as it should be.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:not very big, but with a lot of attractions
  • Cons:little known
  • Last visit to Boulogne-sur-Mer: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated Oct 8, 2007
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    You did a great job of comments and pictures of this area. I hope to get this way in the future. My last trip to Utah and Arizona parks in the US should interest you for the hiking adventure and desert scenes

  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    BSM sounds like a real treat for any history buff, didn`t realize this French seaside town I have maybe passed by many years ago has so much to see. I always think of those huge hovercraft that car drivers use when crossing the channel. Nice work.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    se faire la bise ....sounds nice, now I hope I can pronounce it! Nice tips, Mike!

  • cold_dead_bunny's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2008 at 2:37 AM

    Photos are just waw :) Was about to write you when you said hi :) Check out my updated Lviv tips! Alena

  • pattypoo's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Hi Mikey..Your pages are amazing you know so much :)

  • Raimix's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2007 at 2:53 AM

    Merci! Graze! Nice overview of this city! Would love to have a look into medieval underground as well :)

  • Nov 25, 2007 at 1:10 AM

    Excellent insight!! :D

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2007 at 2:27 AM

    Très belle présentation d'une petite ville qui est injustement "oubliée" par la plupart des visiteurs. C'est souvent considéré comme un endroit de passage pour l'Angleterre et rien de plus. Au fait, c'est de très loin le premier port de pêche en France.

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    Nice start on Boulogne-sur-Mer. I hope there will be more.


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