During your camping holiday in Saint Valery sur Somme, discover Fort-Mahon-Plage between the Baie de Somme and the Baie d'Authie a little further up. About 30 km from the campsite de La Croix L'Abbé, you will be seduced by this seaside resort with its long shopping street and its dunes and some 20 km of beach allowing you a lot of water activities.
The Fort-Mahonnais and holidaymakers meet here in the summer, especially on Tuesdays and Fridays for the unmissable market. Yes, you guessed it: we are talking about the big Avenue de la Plage with its shops, businesses, bars and restaurants. If you are hungry, think of the famous Bouchot mussels, although the rack of salt-meadow lamb is also very tempting, as is the beaten cake topped with sea buckthorn jam...a real delight... If you are an art lover, don't miss the Espace d'Exposition Jean Marie Boulard to admire the works of local artists, drawers and photographers who will take you on a journey through the Somme and Authie bays. And if you have a crush, you can even buy your favourite painting for a small fee.
On the sea side and during your camping stay in the Baie de Somme, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to water sports. The Picardy coast and in particular Fort Mahon Plage allow you to practice your favourite sport between the Baie d'Authie and the Baie de Somme on a 20 kilometre stretch of beach, such as sand yachting, sailing, long-distance sailing, canoeing, kitesurfing, paddling, ....
For swimming aficionados, don't go any further, as you have plenty to do at Fort-Mahon's central beach, which is just waiting for you. There are plenty of sandcastles for the children, who can also swim in complete safety and fly their kites in the blue sky of the Somme, which is now part of the newly reconstituted region of Hauts de France (formerly Picardy). One of the main family activities is also walking along the dunes, respecting the signs to protect nature, but also shrimp fishing on the foreshore without forgetting the great curiosity: the observation of the colony of seals in the Bay of Authie.
Discover the Dune du Royon and the Authie
From the Tourist Office in Fort-Mahon, you can set off on a 2.5 km discovery of the Authie Dune with numerous educational panels on the fauna and flora. A specially equipped observatory will allow you to see many species of birds such as grey herons, great crested grebes, thrushes and titmice and even green tree frogs.
If 4 kms don't scare you, you're off, starting from the car park in the centre of Fort-Mahon, for a superb hike on the signposted Royon trail which will take you quietly to Quend-Plage. You will discover the site of the Royon dune, a sensitive and protected natural environment. Numerous signs will give you advice on how to respect this beautiful nature that must be preserved.
What to do at Fort Mahon Plage?
If you feel like it, you can try your luck at the Casino and play slot machines, English roulette and blackjack.
The Belle Dune aquatic complex awaits you during opening hours with its wave pool, playgrounds, slides and pentagliss, jacuzzi, sauna and hammam...
Visit the many blockhouses on the coastline to remember the Second World War at Fort Mahon Plage...
The Belle-Dune golf course, one of the most beautiful 18-hole golf courses in France, between dunes and forest, awaits you to perfect your swing on its impeccable green.
For hunting enthusiasts, you can try your hand at hut hunting in the Authie Bay (night hunting of water birds).
There is no shortage of choice, there is something for every taste and desire.