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Like Dover, Calais is one of the world's busiest passenger and vehicle ferry ports. Calais is your first sight of "abroad" when you cross by ferry or tunnel from Dover or Folkestone. Calais overlooks the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point in the English Channel. Calais is the closest French town to England. The white cliffs of Dover can easily be seen on a clear day.
Calais (Pas-de-Calais) mini guide
For most people Calais is a place they just drive through on their way to the rest of France or take a day trip to, to stock up with cheap wine and beer, however there is more to it than that.
Sights to see include:
- The town hall - a unesco World Heritige site
- The statue of the Six Burghers from Rodin
- The Church of Notre Dame dates back to the 13th Century and mingles Tudor with Gothic. General de Gaulle was married here in 1921
- The Fortresses (Nieulay, Risban) constructed by the French engineer Vauban at the end of the 17th century.
- The Calais Lighthouse - For those not daunted by the 271 steps the reward is a magnificent view, on a clear day the white cliffs of Dover can be seen.
- The War museum - housed in a bunker near the town hall, this was once the command post to the German Navy
- Fine Arts and Lace Museum where a stunning collection of Calais history can be seenfrom sculptures and monuments to paintings and lace and lace making.
Calais beach is a sandy beach edged by beach cabins. You can stroll along the esplanade on the sea front. The fine sandy beaches are ideal for tennis, walking, fishing and petanque but the principal activities are sail related.
You can also visit Calais in the delightful sightseeing train on wheels from the Calais Tourist Office right down to the beach. Tour lasts 1 hour.
On Wednesday and Saturday, Places des Armes has a morning market. On Thursday and Saturday the traders move to Place Creve Coeur, off Rue de Gambetta, near the tourist office. Both areas have superb coffee shops that will lead you by the nose to their wares.
|Department:||North East France > Nord Pas de Calais > Pas-de-Calais >|
|Location:||Calais is a town in northern France, located at 50°57'N 1°52'E. It is in the département of Pas-de-Calais, of which it is a sous-préfecture|
Explore Nord-Pas de Calais without the stress of driving. Nord Pas-de-Calais have good railway and bus networks. Cross the Channel by ferry, hovercraft, luxury high-speed Eurostar train.
|Tourist information website:||www.calais-coteopale.com|
|Tourist information contact email:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tourist information switch board number:||33 (0)3 21 96 62 40|
|Tourist information address:||12, boulevard Clemenceau - BP 94, 62100 CALAIS|
|Quick links to accommodation:||Accommodation near Calais (Pas-de-Calais) - Hotels in Calais (Pas-de-Calais)|