France Montreuil

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Gert Lucas

About this spot
Montreuil-sur-Mer in Pas-de-Calais is probably one of the most beautiful towns on the Opal Coast. It welcomes visitors in a very pretty, flowery and picturesque setting. Explore the side streets and alleyways, like the famous Rue du Clape-en-Bas, to discover low-lying houses typical of the 18th century, or Cavée Saint-Firmin, a very steep street.

The upper town is surrounded by 3 kilometres of perfectly preserved ramparts, which you can walk along. Inside stands a citadel from the 16th century, built on the former site of a royal castle and later remodelled by Vauban. Every summer, it hosts a sound and light show that immerses spectators in the world of one of Victor Hugo's most famous works: Les Misérables. Following his visit in 1837, Montreuil-sur-Mer inspired the writer to make it the home of protagonist Jean Valjean, going by the name of Monsieur Madeleine.

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