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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pas-de-Calais

Arques is located in the Regional Natural Park of Caps et Marais d'Opale, in the department of Pas-de-Calais, in northern border, the center of the triangle Lille - Dunkerque - Boulogne-sur-Mer. Famous, the town owes its world fame to its glass-crystal which is still the largest producer of glass tableware.

Green, the city is occupied in part by the national forest of Clairmarais Rihoult and by marsh perfect for walks to discover wildlife and local flora. These water and greenery made landscapes are a delight and offer a unique setting to this town full of charm.

Dynamic and lively, the city of Arques also offers many activities and events of all kinds that attract visitors from all over France. Difficult to resist the appeal of this town with many attractions.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude50.7338700 (N 50° 44’ 2”)
Longitude2.2948000 (E 2° 17’ 41”)
AltitudeFrom 2m to 62m
Surface area22.41 km²
Population10121 inhabitants
Density451 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureArras (78 km, 51 min)
Insee code62040
IntercommunalityCA de Saint Omer

Nearest cities & towns

Campagne-lès-Wardrecques4.2 km (7 min)
Longuenesse4.3 km (10 min)
Blendecques4.4 km (9 min)
Saint-Omer4.5 km (10 min)
Wardrecques5.4 km (10 min)
Clairmarais5.5 km (8 min)
Renescure5.7 km (8 min)
Heuringhem5.7 km (8 min)
Wizernes6.1 km (10 min)
Racquinghem6.7 km (9 min)
Helfaut7 km (10 min)
Hallines7.3 km (11 min)
Saint-Martin-lez-Tatinghem8.1 km (11 min)
Ecques8.9 km (13 min)
Ebblinghem9 km (12 min)

Things to see and do

Seductive and rich heritage of all kinds, the city of Arques is ideal for a holiday with family or friends, and discover the most beautiful sites around.

Arques is known to have installed the first boat lift, the Fontinettes. Built in 1887, it was used until 1967 and was classified as an historic monument to the late 1980. Today, one can find a museum that explains its operation, as well as installing locks to replace him.

The Regional Natural Park of Caps et Marais d'Opale is one of the natural wonders to discover Arques. Various hiking trails are installed, as well as educational courses. The great winnowing the Aa, which now serves as a reception center at the park, is still in operation. The crystal

Arc International, which made the reputation of Arques around the world, regularly offers guided tours to learn more about the history of the plant and methods used to make the parts. It is also possible to buy some beautiful works.

Full of charm, the church Arques houses the body of Louis Dominique Regnier, a former citizen of Saint-Omer. It is located in the nave from the altar of the Virgin. The city hall is no shortage either of attraction with its lovely carillon.

In and around the city of Arques, it is possible to admire several castles and other manors, such as the paving stone Arques the castle or the castle of Arques.

The tourist railway in the Aa Valley, which is 15 kilometers aboard old railcars crossing the Regional Natural Park of Caps et Marais d'Opale. Its terminus is in the old station of Arques.

true work of art, the roundabout crossing avenues and Bernard De Gaulle Chochoy hosts a beautiful glass sculpture in memory of the creator of the crystal, Jacques Durand.

Places of interest

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Performance halls

Events and festivities

If known mainly for its crystal, Arques is also famous for the various events that take place throughout the year.

Arques hosts a weekly market every Tuesday morning from 8 am to 13h. In the course of December, a Christmas market is organized.

In February and September Arques annually organizes its infancy festival dedicated to younger with shows and other events of all kinds.

Place in Spring poets in March, at the library of Arques. The program includes writing workshops, poetry contests or poetry recital. The public

young puppetry festival takes place every year in November. Different shows are proposed to younger and their parents, highlighting sweetness and enchantment.


Friday 20 october
Min. 11°C - Max. 16°C
Saturday 21 october
Min. 10°C - Max. 16°C
Sunday 22 october
Min. 9°C - Max. 13°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Booneghem Circuit
HikeEasy2h00Nieurlet (6.2 km)
In the heart of the Battle
HikeEasy3h20Noordpeene (10.9 km)
Vert Bocage Circuit
Village visitEasy3h15Staple (11.4 km)
Around Sainte-Mildrède
HikeEasy2h10Volckerinckhove (11.7 km)
Discovery trail around the town of Cassel
Village visitEasy1h30Cassel (15.3 km)


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