Montreuil-sur-Mer is a fortified town crowned by a star-shaped fortress. Hidden behind ancient walls, the town is set on the Canche River and cradles centuries of history. Walk around the cobbled centre filled with beautifully restored townhouses and churches, explore the ruins of a royal castle built in the 12th century and stroll along grass-covered ramparts.
Things to do in Montreuil
Discover a maze of cobbled streets and squares behind the ancient town walls. Most are lined with picturesque townhouses decorated with colourful wooden shutters and flower-filled window boxes. Cafes spill onto Place du Général de Gaulle and serve coffee, croissants and Maroilles tart, a local specialty made with sharp cow’s milk cheese.
Shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs along Rue du Clape en Bas. The cobbled street is one of the prettiest in Montreuil-sur-Mer and lined with 18th-century cottages reimagined as art galleries and studios. Others house traditional French bistros with “prix fixe” menus featuring three courses.
Walk along the grass-covered ramparts and enjoy spectacular views over the red-roofed town centre and surrounding countryside. Parts of the walk are shady, and others are bathed in sunshine. Pack supplies and enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the benches that dot the ramparts. Don’t forget to throw in a bottle of French wine.
Explore towers, dungeons and battlements at Citadelle de Montreuil-sur-Mer. The citadel is built on the site of an ancient royal castle and features a unique, star-shaped layout. Explore the stronghold at your own pace or join a guided tour and learn more about the citadel’s fascinating history.
Getting around Montreuil
Montreuil-sur-Mer is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, especially in the historic centre. The town is in the Pas-de-Calais department, a one-hour drive from Calais and Amiens. Trains connect Montreuil-sur-Mer with nearby towns and cities. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is a two-hour drive away.