Mareis Fishing Museum

‘La Corderie’

Boulevard Bigot Descelers

62640 Etaples Sur Mer

Tel: 00 33 (0)321 21 09 04 00

Web: www.etaples-tourisme.com

Open: April to September daily 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 7pm. October to March Tuesday to Susunday 2pm to 6pm

Closed: Annually 5 to 26 January.

Entry fee: Adults 6 euros, Kids, 4,50 euros, Disables 4 euros

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Etaples, a tiny port and fishing village of just 12,000 people, is just 30 minutes drive from Boulogne. Its entire heritage and indeed its very existence is deeply anchored in the well-being of the local fishing industry. Everyone involved in fishing in Etaples is a mini walking maritime expert and it is these people that have clubbed together to create the Mareis museum – a simulation of their life on land, at home and in the trawler.

The Mareis museum is no ordinary museum and certainly the word ‘fishing’ doesn’t capture the extent of what this museum offers. By entering the doors of Mareis you will be completely immersed in a fascinating maritime universe – hook, line and sinker. There is a huge aquarium, friendly rays, films, interactive displays, and lashings of information about fish, their environment and techniques. You also get an insight into the maritime college where students are expected to be able to swim 100m with their clothes, oilskins and boots still on, mend fishing nets and tie sailors’ knots.

The fish and seafood you can buy at Calais’ or Boulogne’s quayside fish market or in any of their restaurants, will have been freshly fished by the fishermen of Etaple who may have been at sea for a solid 48 hours so you can enjoy a fish supper.

Getting There:

Take A16 motorway out of Boulogne and exit at the junction for Etaples / Le Touquet – its on the main road through Etaples