The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage

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Equihen-Plage is an unusual town situated in the north of France, in the Hauts-de-France region, in the Pas-de-Calais department. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the spot was a fishing village with 3000 residents. Today this town is a fully functioning resort with a very original tourist attraction. What? We talk about the houses in the shape of inverted boats, which makes this place famous. Take a look at the photos of this town called "Quilles en l'air" in French.
The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage
 
The cottages standing in Equihen Plage really come from the old boats, which had been exploited, taken ashore and turned away, but where did the idea for such cottages come from? The view of the landscape with inverted boats gave someone a very original idea. The pioneer of this type of construction decided to turn his boat on a sand slope and painted it with tar so that it doesn't leak. Such use of an old hull appealed to other residents who together honed this building patent. Next ones put their hulls on the foundations and cut out doors and windows in them.

The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage
In its whole length the boat served as a single room with cooking and sleeping space.

The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage


The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage



The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage
During World War II almost all the houses were destroyed, but their heritage survived and was quickly rebuilt. In 1990, what's about sixty years after the destruction of the village, there were some new builders, who reactivated this village.

The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage



The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage


The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage


The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage


The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage


The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage


The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage
 
Today, these houses are very gladly booked by tourists who pay about 300 euros/day for renting a single boat.
 
The village of inverted boats - Equihen Plage