Calais

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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.

Where to stay in Calais

Campanile Calais
Campanile Calais
35 Rue de Maubeuge Zac du Beau Marais, Calais, Pas-de-Calais, 62100
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £51 per night from 11 Sep to 12 Sep
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Calais. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
3.6/5 Good! (617 reviews)
"Good reception staff and quick check in"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2022

Campanile Calais
Holiday Inn Calais, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Calais, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
6, Boulevard des Alliés, Calais, Pas-de-Calais, 62100
The price is £78 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Calais. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (656 reviews)
"Great location, parking outside hotel"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

Holiday Inn Calais, an IHG Hotel
Brit Hotel Calais
Brit Hotel Calais
3 out of 5
2 rue des Soupirants, Calais, 62100
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £55 per night from 11 Sep to 12 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Calais. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (273 reviews)
As usual a pleasant experience
"As usual a pleasant experience. Clean, good beds and bathrooms. Rooms could do with being a little bigger. Good breakfast."

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2022

Brit Hotel Calais
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the suites of the Belfry 1
the suites of the Belfry 1
Calais, Pas-de-Calais
The price is £86 per night from 29 Aug to 30 Aug
Stay at this apartment in Calais. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Popular attractions Calais Lighthouse and Eglise Notre Dame are located nearby. ...
the suites of the Belfry 1
Apparthotel Tudor
Apparthotel Tudor
6, rue Marie Tudor, Calais, Pas de calais, 62100
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Calais. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
1.7/5 (73 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
Dans Résidence Face mer Joli Studio Meublé Calais
Dans Résidence Face mer Joli Studio Meublé Calais
Calais, Pas-de-Calais
Enjoy on-site parking. Popular attractions Calais Beach and Calais Lighthouse are located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews for Dans Résidence Face mer ...
Dans Résidence Face mer Joli Studio Meublé Calais
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