Gravelines has a fine cultural and historical heritage just near the hotel. Take the time to admire the fortified town centre, the Belfry, the symbol of the town, classified as a historic monument and a Unesco World Heritage Site, the three churches and their treasures such as the15th century marble baptismal fonts, the 19th century lighthouse, or the many monuments of military architecture, like the citadel castle known as the Arsenal, the little powder factories, the 1737 Varennes barracks or the blockhouse left over from the Second World War.
A strategic situation
Situated between Calais and Dunkirk, Gravelines is strategically placed at the heart of the Flanders Côte d’Opale, less than 350 km from 5 capitals, by the North Sea, near the busiest sea route in the world, near the TGV, Eurostar, motorways and the Channel Tunnel.
Near the town centre and the hotel, Gravelines marina is the 3rd largest on the Côte d’Opale after Dunkirk and Boulogne-sur-Mer. There are three sites with a total of 450 berths - the “Vauban”, the “Quai des Islandais” and the “Anse des Espagnols”. You can eat at the brasserie or hire bikes or motor vehicles, and there are several installations to give easy access to people with reduced mobility.
Olympic Nautical Stadium
Right near our hotel, and in the centre of a 175 hectare landscaped park, is the Olympic Nautical Stadium of the “PAarc des Rives de l’Aa”, the biggest Olympic multi water sport stadium north of Paris. The Olympic rowing lake was designed to comply with international competition standards: 2237 m long, 138 m wide and a constant depth of 3 m. This is where the national teams trained for the 2012 London Olympics, and where the greatest international teams train. The PAarc is intended for rowing, canoeing, triathlon and swimming in open water, and also offers many activities around the lake, like rambling, jogging, cycling, roller blading, pedal boats, etc. and a host of fun things to do.
Discover Gravelines and its surroundings on foot or by motocross following the many marked paths. There are short circuits and long rambles for all ages and all levels of ability. One circuit is accessible to people with reduced mobility. You will be charmed by the magnificent countryside of the banks of the River Aa, and the quality and warm welcome of its inhabitants.
Museum of drawings and original prints
Gravelines invites you to discover a museum unique in France - the Museum of drawings and original prints, situated just near the hotel. Installed in the powder factory of the Arsenal Castle by Charles V from 1528, the permanent exhibition rotates 200 prints covering five centuries of the history of western engraving. You can see the presses, the tools, the demonstrations, and find out more thanks to the teaching workshops, the library, the artists’ master classes, publishers, etc. Temporary exhibitions show the diversity and practice of prints.
Just near the hotel there is a farmers’ market on Friday mornings. This gives our visitors the opportunity of strolling through the alleys, feeling the atmosphere of the town and discovering the typical regional produce.