In the city center, facing the sea, let yourself be amazed by the villas of the Balneal Quarter. Nearly 500 villas make up this emblematic district of the Picardy coast. Different architectural styles such as Art Deco and Art Nouveau are used in the creation of the very colorful villas. Initially, Mers-les-Bains was a small fishing village. It is thanks to the development of sea baths and the accessibility of the city by train that the small town has become a recognized seaside resort. From 1869, the first villas began to appear. Made by renowned architects such as Théophile Bourgeois and Edouard Niermans. The villas have managed to stand the test of time and are today the guardians of a sumptuous era.
The Villas Circuit
Discover the protected area and its listed villas by following Le Circuit des Villas. This visit will allow you to learn more about the history and heritage points of interest of Mers-les-Bains.
Each year, from May to October, the return of the famous beach huts marks the start of the season. Organized like a city within a city, there are no less than 600, which run along the pebble beach of Mers-les-Bains.
The laughter of the children is mixed with the sound of the waves. Look up and watch the surfers ride the wave like no one else.
Along the esplanade, during the summer, take part in many activities such as the Fête des Baigneurs (every year, last weekend in July), graffiti artists on the esplanade or the craft market.
To this, add the restaurants that line the esplanade to discover local dishes.
Get to know the top of the cliff of Mers-les-Bains
Do not miss the panoramic view offered by the Cliffs of the Seas. From the hundred meters high, you can observe the town of Mers and its beach, further on Le Tréport and its outer harbor. On the other side, on a clear day you can see the Baie de Somme in the distance, located a few kilometers from Destination Le Tréport-Mers.
At the top, you can contemplate the statue of Notre-Dame de la Falaise, also called Notre-Dame des Flots. 7 meters high, it overlooks the seaside resort since 1878. During the Second World War, it was a landmark for aviation, following which it was withdrawn in 1942, then placed again in 1955. As you approach the base, you will be able to discover the details in bas-relief which represent the Patron Saints of the Three Sister Cities: Eu, Le Tréport and Mers.
The Coastal Path from Mers-les-Bains to Ault
The cliffs of the seas also mark the start of the Coastal Path hike(Sentier du Littoral). This hiking trail will take you to Ault for 6 kilometers one way, passing through the Bois de Cise. The opportunity to take a deep breath of iodized air and set off to conquer the peaks of the Alabaster Coast.
🛈 The Alabaster Coast offers panoramic views, but these spectacular high cliffs present dangers. Stay away from the edge and obey the local regulations in force on pedestrian traffic on the edge of cliffs.