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Boulogne-sur-Mer experiences the best weather from May to September. In the summer months, the temperatures are mild and pleasant for outdoor activities. The city is particularly beautiful in April, when the many flowers are in bloom. In the winter, temperatures can dip as low as -2° Celsius.
Spending a few days at Boulogne-sur-Mer is the perfect way to experience the city’s unique attractions. At least three days should be enough time to explore the city's main sites, including the Nausicaa Marine Centre, the Boulogne Castle, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visitors can also take a day trip to the picturesque walled town of Wimereux and enjoy some of the beautiful coastal walks that the area has to offer.
Traveling around Boulogne-sur-Mer is quite convenient. The city boasts an efficient network of public buses, offered by Ouibus and Flixbus, which goes all around the city and its surrounding areas. There is a local rail network served by the two major train stations: Boulogne-Ville and Boulogne-Maritime. Also, visitors can take the ferry from Boulogne Harbour, which offers the Ride-on service to visit the town's beautiful surroundings. Moreover, the city has numerous bike paths in town and a bike-share system operated by La Machine.
Boulogne-sur-Mer is a great destination for families with young children. Visiting the Sea Life aquarium is a must, where kids can learn all about marine life, and see creatures such as turtles and sharks. Another activity the kids will love is a boat tour on Sourire de la Mer, sailing around the harbour and viewing the coastline. Lastly, take a cable car ride up to the Notre-Dame de Boulogne to explore the impressive fortifications and enjoy some stunning views.
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