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Calais
Travel Guide

Calais

Visiting Calais, which is renowned for its busy port and great heritage, will give you a new outlook on the charming towns of northern France.

Located between the North Sea and the Channel, Calais is often in the news because of its proximity to Great Britain, but holidaymakers shouldn't forget that, above all, it's a town that deserves to be explored for what it actually is: a welcoming destination with sprawling beaches and a rich heritage.

One of the pleasures of travelling is also to visit places that often you've only seen one side of. Calais is well worth a visit, and the residents of Calais are proud to share their cultural and maritime identity with visitors. The town was controlled by the English for two centuries, a period of history immortalised by Rodin's famous sculpture in the gardens of the town hall, which depicts the surrender of six burghers of Calais, handing the keys to the town to Edward III. Vauban's fortifications are still a major presence in the town, which often had to defend itself against invaders: Fort Nieulay and Fort Risban, as well as the citadel, are remnants of this period. For its part, the belfry shows off how proud the people of Calais are of their architectural heritage, and provides an opportunity to admire the surrounding area from a height of 75 metres.

Another of Calais's attractions is its lighthouse, a UNESCO world heritage site; be sure to climb the 271 steps to take in the exceptional 360-degree view of the Opal Coast. As France's main passenger port, Calais is a constant whirl of ferries and liners continually weaving around each other.

For lovers of delicate, expertly crafted textiles, the Caudry museum of lace and embroidery is a must to discover the town's history of lacemaking, producing lace that is still highly regarded in haute couture.

As a cross-Channel hub, Calais can be reached by train via the Eurostar, or by ferry, with regular crossings from Dover to Calais ferry port.

HOTEL & RESIDENCE Calais Car Ferry
HOTEL & RESIDENCE Calais Car Ferry
The price is £41 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
Located in the heart of Calais, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Calais Lace Museum and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Port of Calais. Calais Hotel de Ville and Les ...
3.4/5Good! (350 reviews)
"The hotel was shut when I got there . Terrible. I had to stop elsewhere"

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2021

HOTEL & RESIDENCE Calais Car Ferry
Holiday Inn Calais
Holiday Inn Calais
3 out of 5
6, Boulevard des Alliés, Calais, Pas-de-Calais
The price is £67 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Located in Calais City Center, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Calais Lighthouse and Port of Calais. Eglise Notre Dame and Musee des Beaux-Arts et de la ...
4/5Very Good! (594 reviews)
Ok stay, could have been better
"Fast check in and very friendly service. Travelled with 4 adult bikes and was able to store them in the hotel. Room was excellent size for 2 adults and 2 children, however the air conditioning didn’t work and the room was very noisy (allocated room was behind the lift)"

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2020

Holiday Inn Calais
Première Classe Calais Centre - Gare
Première Classe Calais Centre - Gare
1 out of 5
3 Quai du Danube, Calais, Pas-de-Calais
Free cancellation
The price is £37 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Located in Calais City Center, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Calais Hotel de Ville and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Port of Calais. Les Six Bourgeois and Musee des ...
3.3/5 (521 reviews)
Conveniene, could do with a good clean
"Convenient hotel, short trip from Eurotunnel"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

Première Classe Calais Centre - Gare
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Direct Typical Appt IN THE Port OF Calais
Direct Typical Appt IN THE Port OF Calais
rue JFet Maurice Delannoy, Calais, Hauts-de-France
Situated in Calais, this apartment building is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Calais Lace Museum and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Port of Calais. Calais Hotel de Ville and Les ...
Direct Typical Appt IN THE Port OF Calais
Apparthotel Tudor
Apparthotel Tudor
6, rue Marie Tudor, Calais, Pas de calais
Located in Calais City Center, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musee des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle and Port of Calais. Eglise Notre Dame and Calais ...
1.7/5 (70 reviews)
Never again
"The pictures you see first are not what you actually get when we stayed. I hate giving bad reviews, but i have to be honest. I will never stay here again. Unfortunately it is more of a benifitsdoss house than a bonafide hotel"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2020

Apparthotel Tudor
Studio 3 , sea View, 150m From the Beach, Near the Site of 2 Caps and England
Studio 3 , sea View, 150m From the Beach, Near the Site of 2 Caps and England
Calais, Hauts-de-France
Located in Port, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Calais Beach and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Port of Calais. Calais Lighthouse and Eglise Notre Dame ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Super clean, modern apartment in a great location.
"I stayed at Sabine and Jean Pierre’s charming apartment for four weeks in January/February 2019. They were excellent hosts. Nothing was too much trouble and they were always on hand for any queries. The apartment is lovely. Super clean, modern and stylish with full width windows overlooking the port ..."

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2019

Studio 3 , sea View, 150m From the Beach, Near the Site of 2 Caps and England
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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