A seaside resort on the Côte d’Opale in France, Wimereux is a small and pleasant town (8,000 inhabitants) comfortably set in its valley.
It is because of this privileged situation that so many persons choose to enjoy their summer holidays there. However, some persons attracted by the architecture and ambience come here at any time of the year to rest, practice sport, enjoy food, do some shopping, visit art galleries or take part in one of the many events that make it such a pleasant town to live in.
Tourists appreciate Wimereux for its traditional seaside resort feel, the preserved architecture of the early 19th century anglo-norman Victorian villas and the 1,500m long dyke where the inhabitants of Wimereux meet at any time of the year: in summer you can laze about by the huts or on pub’s terraces and in winter you can come and breathe the tonic air or look in amazement at stormy waves crashing against the buildings…
This romantic setting is the perfect place for families to practise many different sports and leisure activities, e.g.: swimming (watched in summer), sailing (regional sailing centre, sailing club), horse-riding (initiation, riding-school, forest rides), tennis (5 indoor courts and 4 outdoor courts), golf (a course which bears comparison with the best English sea-side links), hiking, biking (rentals available), miniature golf, walks in the country, etc.
Besides, loyal clients come to Wimereux all year round. They are attracted by varied quality shops (open on Sunday mornings), jumble sales, dedicated shows (local gastronomy, wine, collections, etc.), concerts in the church, Atlantic conferences, painting and sculpture exhibitions, the botanical garden, the Mussel Festival, etc.
But Wimereux is, above all, the resort where children are kings! Indeed, Iodie, the mermaid mascot, takes extra care in welcoming them and the Dig’Enfants area offers a welcome with a personal touch and safe facilities suited to their age (kids’ beach, Iodie’s beach club, Discovering the Villas, activities, small shows, etc.).
As you can see on the pictures, Wimereux became a famous seaside resort at the end of the 19th century.