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Sitting on the Normandy border with Picardie this industrious little town has some great points. The harbour still contains a fishing fleet. When we visited all the boats were in and the fishermen were busy repairing their nets. A walk to the lighthouse at the mouth of the harbour offers great views of the white cliffs that are both to the North and South of this town.
There is a funicular railway that ascends up and then through the cliffs that is “free” yes “free” to ride. Once at the top the view are simply spectacular. We opted to walk back down, there are steps that start adjacent to the view point and the panorama map. The church of St James sits high looking down over the port and is steeped in history, In the portico you will find what is claimed to be the oldest font in existence.
You can cross over the harbour locks and have a walk around the town of Mers Les Bains which must have been at one time a thriving holiday town. The building along the seafront are stunning and well worth the walk.
We stayed on the Aire at Trẽport. This is a well organised space with a tarmac surface and marked bays. For €9.70 (payable by card) we even got an electric hook up. The walk into town from her follows the river and backwaters of the old docks and takes approx. fifteen minutes. There is a service point by the entrance with a drive over drain and the normal sewage and fresh water, this is free to use for those staying here.
This Aire is shown in the “All The Aires France book from Vicarious Books. www.vicarious-books.com