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Nausicaá - Centre national de la Mer - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Boulevard Sainte-Beuve, 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer, France


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About Nausicaá - Centre national de la Mer

Nausicaá, the national center of the sea, is a center for discovering the marine environment, opened in 1991 in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the north of France. With more than 600,000 visitors on average per year, it is the second most visited tourist site north of Paris after Parc Astérix. It includes aquariums of various sizes, terrariums as well as a specialized media library, information spaces, video projection rooms, conference rooms, and fun activities.

Attractions Near Nausicaá - Centre national de la Mer

Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception at Boulogne-sur-Mer

A majestic Basilica which was located in the Boulogne-sur-Mer in the Pas-de-Calais département of northern France. it was one of the prominent landmarks of this area and this basilica also presents one of the largest crypts in France, built during the construction of the building around the old Romanesque crypt rediscovered during the construction site. There are so many sculptures, statues, paintings and so more to see in this church and this basilica is today a Mecca of tourism in Boulogne.

Château de Boulogne-sur-Mer
Château de Boulogne-sur-Mer1.72km from Nausicaá - Centre national de la Mer

A well preserved castle ruin which was located in the commune of Saint-Michel-de-Boulogne. The castle was built in the eastern corner of the medieval city and thus became an integral part of its defenses. At present the castle houses a museum. The museum however is just a regular world history museum and not related to the castle's history. This is a beautiful castle in a very nice old town.

Column of the Grande Armée
Column of the Grande Armée2.01km from Nausicaá - Centre national de la Mer

The Column of the Grande Armée is a symbolic reminder of the Camp of Boulogne. It looks out over Boulogne-sur-Mer and its surrounding valley. It is a 53-metre high Corinthian order triumphal column on the Rue Napoleon on the Wimille. A museum presents the history of the site, including the old bronze statue of Napoleon at the top of the column and archive documents tracing the history of the monument and the Legion of Honour. The top of the column can be reached by an internal staircase.

Hardelot Castle
Hardelot Castle9.5km from Nausicaá - Centre national de la Mer

A beautiful and majestic castle located in a field next to the village of Condette, and south of the city of Boulogne-sur-Mer. The first castle at this place was built in the 12th century by the Counts of Boulogne. The present castle was built by Count Philippe Hurepel of Clermont in 1222. The castle was captured several times by the French, the English, and the Burgundians.

Museum of the Atlantic Wall
Museum of the Atlantic Wall12.66km from Nausicaá - Centre national de la Mer

The Atlantic Wall Museum is located in a 52-foot tall concrete tower in Ouistreham which served as a flak tower to protect the harbour and fire control for the batteries protecting the Orne estuary. The fortifications survive because they were built on land belonging to Prince Charles, Count of Flanders who decided that they should not be destroyed after the war but be kept as a national monument.

Cap Gris-Nez
Cap Gris-Nez15.65km from Nausicaá - Centre national de la Mer

Cap Gris-Nez is a cape on the Côte d'Opale in the Pas-de-Calais department of northern France. A view of the English coast from the viewing platform at Cap Gris-Nez It is between Wissant and Audresselles, in the commune of Audinghen. the cliffs are a perfect vantage point from which to see hundreds of ships, from oil tankers to small fishing boats, playing the waters below. On a clear day, the characteristic white cliffs of Dover on the English coast can be seen.

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Hauts de France is the northernmost region of France. It is a popular tourist destination for visitors traveling to see the battlefields and memorials associated with the First and Second World Wars. The region also features many cultural and architectural treasures, majestic belfries that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, castles,Gothic cathedralsa and beautiful landscapes.