Small town of the Somme, in the heart of the bay, Le Crotoy takes place eighty kilometers from Amiens, on the shores of the Channel Sea. It is located two hours from the Belgian border, near Saint-Valery-sur-Somme and Noyelles-sur-Mer.
Old, the town is illustrated in the second half of the eleventh century by becoming the starting point of several ships of William the Conqueror during his conquest of England. Alternatively French and English during much of the Hundred Years War, Le Crotoy is embellished with a fortress in 1340 according to the will of Edward III. Partisan of Protestantism and Henry IV under the wars of religion, it then became an important seaside resort from the middle of the nineteenth century, welcoming such famous personalities as Victor Hugo, Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Verne or Pierre Guerlain.
Even today, Le Crotoy attracts many visitors attracted by the natural charms of the city and its unique architecture.
The church of St. Peter has a tower-facade of the thirteenth century, and in its interior, an old plan of custom with its fortress, an altarpiece of the fifteenth and ex-voto in the form of ships. While strolling in the commune, you will also be able to admire the church of Saint-Firmin, the vestiges of the old ramparts of the fortress of XIIe century, or the numerous villas of the 19th and the 20th century, like that of that of Jules Verne who does not visit unfortunately, the house Millevoye, or the old chalet Félix-Suzanne-Madeleine with bow windows.
Listed in the general inventory of cultural heritage, Villa Marguerite is not lacking in interest. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, it reveals a very fine example of Flemish-style Crotello architecture with a gable. In bricks on metal structure, it is also decorated with ceramics Art Nouveau style. Do not miss out on Gustave Lecoq's former villa, which has become a hotel-restaurant.
Located in the public garden, in front of the bandstand, the monument to the Caudron brothers dates from the 1950s. Its bas-relief reveals the first flights of the Blue Bird, the plane of the two men. The city is also home to a statue of Joan of Arc by Athanase Fosse inaugurated at the end of the nineteenth century to commemorate the passage of the holy Crotoy.
You can make beautiful walks on the fishing port with fishmongers stalls, or on the marina with its boat for sightseeing.
But it is especially for its natural heritage that Le Crotoy is appreciated by tourists. After a tour to the Bassée ponds to admire the swans, mallards or herons, you will be able to cross the delicious bay of the Somme famous for its seals and its unique landscapes. Guided hikes from Crotoy are proposed to discover this area.
It is also possible to discover the educational hut in the heart of the Crotoy marsh.
The market is held every Tuesday and Friday morning from June to September.
A jazz festival offers live music in mid-May.
In June, place at the Transbaie, a pedestrian race through the Bay of Somme.
For the national holiday, July 14, Le Crotoy organizes a fireworks and a popular dance.
In July and August, place at the mussel fair and its festivities.
In August, the festival of the sea is an opportunity to discover parades of sailors in traditional costumes accompanied by musicians. A regional products market and boat trips are also offered for the occasion.
A Christmas market takes place in December.
Musical Show: Soliles
- On 6 august 2019
- Rue Jules Verne
- On the theme of the sea, the troupe Solilès invites you to travel
Rock in the Bay Festival
- From 9 to 11 august 2019
- Rue Jules Verne
- 3 days of Rock concerts in the heart of the Baie de Somme
Le Crotoy: Trout Fishing Competition
- On 11 august 2019
- Saint Firmin
- The fishing pond of Crotoy offers 2 trout fishing competitions. Conviviality and good mood at the rendezvous!
- On 24 august 2019
- Avenue du Général De Gaulle
- Contest open to all, organized by FC Rue-Le Crotoy. - Appointment at the municipal stadium at 13:30, goal throw at 14h.
Basque Dancing Meal: Paella
- On 31 august 2019
- Rue Eudel
- Proposed by the Association Mémoire du Crotoy.
Le Crotoy: Feast of Gastronomy
- On 18 september 2019
- Avenue de la Gare
- Discovery of a gastronomy locavore: buffet and market, moment of conviviality and meeting around professionals of the trades of mouth in order to value the products of our territory and the wealth of the Men of the Bay
The nature outings with a guide at the start of Crotoy.
Guided tours of the Somme.
The Bird Park Marquenterre.
The house of the Somme and the bird.
The abbey and gardens Valloires.
The railway of the Somme.
Many marked bike routes.