Le Crotoy, naturally stylish
Le Crotoy is an understated and stylish sea resort in the heart of the Baie de Somme just 15km from the campsite. This former fishing village is popular with campers looking for a real taste of France and nature with its fishing port, marina, huge south-facing beach, pretty Belle Epoque villas and endless views of the bay.
A south-facing beach and a window onto the Baie de Somme
Le Crotoy’s sandy beach is enormous and the only south-facing one in Northern France. Holidaymakers flock here in summer to unfurl their beach towel and top up their tan. If you’re looking for something more exciting for your trip to the seaside then make the most of your camping break near Le Crotoy to try sea wading, a social, fun-filled and invigorating sport. If you fancy setting sail then you can explore the Baie de Somme in a catamaran, hop on board the Commandant Charcot IV to Le Hourdel and Saint-Valery-sur-Somme or go on a pirogue trip to see the bay’s seals.
The charming and pretty little port of Le Crotoy
Le Crotoy’s fishing port may be far quieter than it used to be but it’s held onto its age-old charm. You can still see traditional “sauterellier” boats returning to the quay with wriggly grey shrimp. Nowadays it’s the marina that brings Le Crotoy to life with a hundred boats moored here throughout the year. A lovely walk where fishermen’s huts mingle with holiday villas!
A seaside town packed with history and stories
At every corner visitors are treated to beautiful townhouses, mansions, Anglo-Norman villas and Swiss-style chalets. Some of these houses are intrinsically linked to famous figures who lived or holidayed in Le Crotoy such as the Duc de Morny (Napoleon III’s half-brother), the famous perfumer Pierre Guerlain, artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Sisley, Seurat, Manessier and the novelist Colette. Look out for “La Solitude” house near the port where Jules Verne lived. On the old fortress site opposite the bay’s marshes you’ll see the manor and grounds of the poet Charles-Hubert Millevoye’s family. Carry on and you’ll see a pretty manor, “Les Tourelles” hotel and restaurant, an elegant 19th century holiday home and an old chalet with bow-windows belonging to the French actor Taskin, a close friend to Offenbach.
Explore further afield: the Baie de Somme railway
Hop on board a Belle Epoque steam train in Le Crotoy and explore the bay on the Baie de Somme railway. Gaze at untamed and leafy landscapes from Le Crotoy via Noyelles-sur-Mer and Saint-Valery-sur-Somme before reaching Cayeux-sur-Mer...