Port de plaisance d’Étaples-sur-mer is a 240-berth marina, built in 1984 and located in northern France on the English Channel. It was recently reformed to add new pontoons, fingers, and pedestals. A short walk from the town centre, the marina has also flown the prestigious Blue Flag for nearly three decades.

Etaples, a French town at the mouth of the Canche River, boasts a long maritime history dating back to the 9th century. Originally a market town, Etaples thrived on fishing with a bustling community built around the industry which has since dwindled and shifted to the deeper waters of Boulogne. The town retains vibrant and attractive, having has been awarded the 4-flower “Station de tourisme” (tourist resort) label, and has won the “Plus beau marché de France” (most beautiful market in France) title.


  • Hoisting and dry-standing
  • Showers & toilets
  • Restaurant
  • Chandlers
  • Information point
  • Recycling point
  • Pump-out
  • Car parking

Accessing the marina – limited depth

Entry should only be attempted at high tide and is not obvious for first-timers given currents and sandbanks at the entrance to the bay. (Boats drawing approx. 1.3m or more may be at risk of grounding even at high water and particularly after a period of very dry weather). Take a look at the website for guidance and images: http://www.plaisance-etaples.fr/acces-au-port/

Visiting vessels are generally berthed on hammerheads.

Call the Port de plaisance d’Étaples-sur-mer on VHF ch.09. 

Places to visit:

Just 10 minutes walk away, Maréis is a centre dedicated to showcasing sea fishing, opened in 2001. Established to preserve and share the region’s maritime heritage, it focuses on the traditional fishing practices of Étaples and Boulogne.

Uniquely housed in a former fishing net factory from 1921, Maréis offers a multi-faceted experience. Visitors can explore over 500 animal species, life-size fishing equipment reconstructions, and various collections. Three key areas are covered: fishing techniques, the lives of fishermen, and marine biology of the English Channel and North Sea (including giant aquariums and a touch pool). Temporary exhibitions on diverse themes like water, climate, and sustainability have further enriched the centre’s offerings.