Le Touquet-Paris-Plage (pronounced: [lə tu.kɛː pa.ʁi plaʒ]), commonly referred to as Le Touquet, is a commune near Boulogne-sur-Mer, in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France. It has a population of 5,355 but welcomes up to 250,000 people during the summer.
Witney has been twinned with Le Touquet since 1980 and recently celebrated 35 years of twinning with the town with a series of events taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Le Touquet has a reputation as the most elegant holiday resort of northern France, the playground of rich Parisians, with many luxury hotels.
Since the mid-1990s, Le Touquet’s villas have become extremely fashionable amongst architecture lovers throughout Europe, rediscovering the “folie” of seaside architecture of both the Roaring Twenties and the 1930s. The most famous local architect is Louis Quetelart, whose style was named after him: Louis Quetelart Style.
Le Touquet participates in international town twinning; its current partners are:
- Germany Winterberg, Germany (since September 1966), winter sports town
- Belgium Rixensart, Belgium, south of Brussels
- United Kingdom Witney, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
- Tunisia Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia, upscale seaside town in the suburbs of Tunis
- United States Cary, North Carolina, United States
- France Eckbolsheim, France, 5 km (3.1 mi) from Strasbourg