If you are planning a trip to France, add these 10 Things To Do in Somme Bay France to your bucketlist.
Somme Bay is one of the most beautiful places to visit in France. It is part of the Picardie region and is basically one big nature reserve – home to beautiful birds, fabulous seals and delicious plants.
This is a part of France that is extra special for us because Hugo grew up here. He is from Ault and has been my personal tour guid for exploring the area since he first brought me there almost 5 years ago.
1. Go seal watching.
When Hugo told me we could go see seals in Somme Bay I practically squealed with delight! Somme Bay is home to France’s largest seal colony and they are certainly a sight to be seen.
Reserve your spot on a tour : seal spotting
2. Eat a delicious moules-frites.
This family-run restaurant is no frills but it has the best moules-frites in Ault as well as the most beautiful view of the bay.
Restaurant recommendation : L’Horizon in Ault
3. Visit the gorgeous cliffs in Ault.
The stunning cliffs in Ault are a sight to be seen. Absolutely one of my favorite things to do in Somme Bay France!
4. Visit the seafarers’ chapel in Saint-Valéry-Sur-Somme.
This beautiful chapel sits on the top of a hill and will give you a gorgeous view of the surronding land. Don’t make the same mistake we did and try to drive to the top. No cars allowed, you must walk up!
5. Visit the pretty houses in Mers-Les-Bains.
Walking along the promenade in Mers-Les-Bains is one of my absolute favorite weekend activities. The houses are in the 1900s style and feature gorgeous colors and whimsical names. I could see us purchasing any one of them and creating a beautiful Summer home! Plus, Mers-Les-Bains is home to activity #7.
6. Go to a morning outdoor fruit & veggie market in Ault.
The market is on Wednesdays and Saturdays and we always start out days there when we are visiting Hugo’s mom. I highly recommend you stop by to see French culture, check out all the different kinds of cheese on offer and buy some fresh chèvre (or goat cheese) because that one’s my favorite!
7. Stop for the best ice cream ever in Mers-Les-Bains.
All of that walking up and down the beautiful promenade looking out over the ocean in Mers-Les-Bains is bound to make you hungry and what better place to calm that hunger than at Les Cailliardises. They serve crêpes, lunch and tea with delicious homemade candies and marshmallows as well.
Related recipe : French Lavender Honey Ice Cream
8. Pick your own sea plants while crossing Somme Bay on a guided tour.
Crossing Somme Bay is a lot of fun. It takes about 3 hours and you will need some good walking shoes that you don’t mind getting sandy and wet. We recommend going with a guide because you must cross (and come back) during low tide to avoid getting caught out on the bay when the tide starts to rise again. Although access to the bay is not controlled, the safest way to cross is with a guide. It is more fun too because you will learn a lot along the way. Your guide will also be able to tell you about the different sea plants and what you can and cannot eat. (Please don’t do this alone!)
Related recipe : Sea Plant Pesto Recipe
9. Go for a stroll through the Le Tréport fish market.
The Le Tréport fish market is a vintage fish market that hasn’t changed much from when it was first built in the 70s. Lots of local fish are on display and are often being sold my the local fisherman themselves. Shipping there is a great (and delicious) way to support the local business in Picardy.
Related Recipe : Make our creamy salmon lasagna
10. Go for a walk along Somme Bay in Saint-Valéry-Sur-Somme and see the adorable boats.
Saint-Valéry-Sur-Somme is one of my favorite places in Somme Bay. I am sure you will love it to. A definite spot to check off your bucketlist. As you walk along the bay in this beautiful town, you will see beautiful old homes, gorgeous bay views and lots of people walking their sweet little dogs.
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