What is there to see and do in Quend-Plage?
During your holiday at Camping des Roses in Quend-Plage, you have all the time in the world to explore the small family-friendly sea resort north of the Baie de Somme where a care-free atmosphere reigns. With its villas in the pine forest, 15km of sandy beaches surrounded by wild dunes, an array of activities for children and adults and its bike path running to Parc du Marquenterre, Quend-Plage-les-Pins is adored by families who love the seaside, nature-loving hikers and water sports enthusiasts.
Stroll around Quend’s streets and admire the region’s seaside architecture
Make the most of your camping stay to get to know Quend-Plage inside and out. As you stroll around the resort, you can explore the Picardy coast’s classic seaside architecture with villas painted white and balconies over bow-windows, beautiful Art Deco and Neo Flemish houses adorned with Anglo Saxon features, enamelled plaques and ceramic decorations.
Carry on towards Notre-Dame-des-Pins Chapel to see its stained glass windows depicting village life, culture and landscapes. You’ll love perusing the market that’s held twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays in summer.
Make the most of the 15km beach and the joys of seaside holidays!
Quend’s sandy beach goes on for ever and is among the best on the Picardy coast. It hosts a myriad of water sports such as sand yachting, speed sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and more. It’s a fantastic playground for families where you can swim, fly kites and build sand castles. The south end of the beach is reserved for naturists from the half-buried blockhouse opposite the mussel beds. Speaking of mussel beds, look out for the surprising rows of stakes on part of the coast at low tide as they’re integral to Quend’s landscape. This is where mussels are bred (enjoy them cooked in white wine or in cream with chips!). It may be strictly forbidden to collect mussels from the beds but you can go shellfish gathering for a day. It’s a fantastic family day out during your stay in the Baie de Somme!
Cycle around Quend-Plage-les-Pins and Parc du Marquenterre
If you fancy cycling during your camping break, you can explore the 14km of bike paths linking Quend-Plage to the resort’s hamlets. The Quend-Plage green path to Parc de Marquenterre (12km) runs through the pine forest and south through fields and undergrowth to the edge of Parc de Marquenterre, an ornithological park. Explore the amazing nature reserve in the heart of the Baie de Somme and feast your eyes on abundant flora and fauna, dunes, forests, meadows and marshes.
The "Le Tadorne" route (24km) is a fabulous ride between the Baie de Somme and Baie d'Authie, the longest dune area in Northern Europe. If you like “old stones” and enjoy exploring built heritage, we recommend the 21km “COF” trail (6 crosses, 3 oratories and a fountain).
Get a rush on a family day out in the treetops
If you fancy spending the day getting up close and personal with nature then the "Arbre et Aventure" treetop adventure park is the place for you! Get a thrill in the heart of the forest on 8 trails to suit novices and hardened adventurers alike. After an introduction and getting your harness fitted, the whole family can join in the treetop fun in total safety. The "Arbre et Aventure" park is also the place to climb to the top of the trees with “escalabre”; a new activity for ages 5 and up that gives you a real thrill. An absolute must during your Picardy camping break!
Did you know?
Quend-Plage-les-Pins, originally called "Saint-Quentin-Plage", is named after the surrounding pine forest that was planted to settle the dunes. In the 1900s, farmer’s son and Douai notary Adéodat Vasseur regenerated the village and turned it into a sea resort. Countless facilities were built to make the resort more appealing. The first hotel opened followed by holiday villas. That was the beginning of seaside tourism in Quend-Plage! Countless houses were destroyed during World War II and Quend’s seafront was mostly rebuilt in the following years.