Montreuil Sur Mer, France – An Oxymoron

 

The village I am presenting to you is a really small, nearly impossible to find if somebody doesn’t tip you off to its existence…but because I am here to give interesting tips away, I want to share it with you. Montreuil Sur Mer is a perfect destination for a relaxation day. Even Victor Hugo  mentioned it in his masterpiece Les Misérables. 

The origins of this charming small town lie in Roman times and has been famous since the 13th Century for its clothing factory. The Abbey Saint Saulve, the Chapelles Saint-Nicholas and Orphelinat, the small medieval alleys, the amazing views from the promenade des Remparts, and the Citadelle, built in 1576 to defend the city and the Castle; everything seems to pop out from a fairy tale.

The only curious thing is that in Montreuil there is no sea! So, don’t spend time looking for it. It used to be a port, but was moved inland during the Middle-Ages. It is now about 18 km from the coast. Anyhow, the citizens love to cultivate this paradox and we let them do it, because we can find no complaint about their village.

Nature and culture are right around the corner and it is possible to find all the information about strolls and guided tours on the Tourist Office website.

Le Pot du Clape offers traditional cuisine and delectable soups, made with fresh ingredients, in a woodsy and loving atmosphere. Various menus are offered for less than € 15 ( $16US ).

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To have the most traditional experience and cheaper than going to a real hotel,  check for an available room in a B&B or home-hostels .

This tip is also a part of the Tiplr Experience: Northern France • Hitting the Road

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