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and Blanc Nez - offer beautiful

beaches backed by dunes and

conifers. Nice houses start from

€200,000.

The beautiful old fortified city

of Boulogne-sur-Mer

is next up (or rather down the

coast), popular with British and

French buyers for its good value - you

can get a 2 bedroom

apartment for €114,000, or a 5

bedroom townhouse for around

€200,000.

Golfers gravitate towards

Hardelot-Plage, south of Boulogne,

because of its championship golf

course. British buyers

love the fact you can buy a golf

apartment for around €110,000.

Whilst the CÔte d'Azur has

Cannes, the northern coast has

Le Touquet, and the palm trees

add to its glamorous image, ever

since the likes of Noel Coward,

Winston Churchill and Edward

and Mrs Simpson holidayed

there back in the 1920's and

30's. Indeed, it's an alluring

mélange of French and English,

with Parsians in love with its refinement too,

it's full name is Le

Touquet-Paris Plage.

Expect to pay €350,000 to

€400,000 for a two-bedroom

apartment, but head across the

bridge for better value Étaples -

a traditional fishing port village

with fishermen's houses from

€80,000. Visit the wonderful fish

restaurants and you may be

smitten.

Last but not least is Berck-Plage,

or Berck-sur-Mer, a great

year-round location with fabulous

beaches, a popular kite festival

and apartments from €85,000 or 3

bedroom houses from €180,000.

The former fishing village also offers

the delicious dish Berckoise

Caudière, a kind of bouillabaisse of

the Channel - who needs to head

all the way to Marseille?

ABOVE & BELOW

Sand dunes along the

Opal coast; view of the

coast at Cap Gris Nez

and Le Touquet-Paris-

Plage.

FACING PAGE

Mussel farming; Sunset

at Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

and view of the

coast at Cap Blanc Nez.

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