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Montreuil or Montreuil-sur-Mer is an historic walled town in Hauts-de-France in France. It is located on a hill, with the ramparts giving good views of the surrounding countryside. It is famous as the location that inspired Victor Hugo to write Les Miserables.


Montreuil's unofficial moniker of sur-Mer hints at its past status as a port town. While it has never been on the seafront, the river Canche was wider and deeper until the late Middle Ages, permitting seagoing vessels to use Montreuil as a harbour. After this period, the Canche silted up and Montreuil became fully landlocked. The river's port is now further downstream at Étaples.

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Originally a stop on the main Paris to Calais road, the N1 now bypasses the town. If arriving via the A16, leave at exits 25 or 26.

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  • La chocolaterie de Beussent Lachelle, 66 route de Desvres, Beussent (11 km north of Montreuil; take the D150 to Estrée, then the D127 to Beussent itself.), +33-3-21-86-17-62. You can tour the artisanal chocolate workshop at Beussent and learn the secrets of chocolate-making in an entertaining presentation, with a free sample included, before purchasing (slightly pricey but delicious!) chocolates from the on-site shop. €2.80 pp for a group tour.

Walk along the ramparts that surround the town. Explore the cobbled streets and squares within the town.


Shops are located around the market square, Place de General de Gaulle. Market on Saturday.





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