Calais Travel Guide

  • The main railway station at Lille
    The main railway station at Lille
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    Calais town hall
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Calais Highlights

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     Great restaurants. 

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     poor English 

  • In a nutshell
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     Underrated 

Calais Things to Do

  • Lookoffs onto Calais

    Sailing to Calais means you go through the shallow channel along the coast of Calais.Some great photo opportunities.

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  • Enjoy the beach!

    The beach at Calais is wide and long, I doubt that even on a sunny day it will be really crowded. On the beach you'll find rows of beach huts where people store their beach gear and change.

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  • Tour du Guet

    This tower is one of the oldest buildings in Calais. It was built in the 13th century as part of the fortifications of Calais. Over the centuries it has been damaged severly, once by an earthquake, then by fire, but it survived WWII untouched.It served many purposes: watch tower, assembly hall, stables, lighthouse, telegraph post... Unfortunately...

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  • Église Notre Dame

    The Notre dame church is the most important church in Calais. The construction started back in the 13th century, but it was extend and altered very often during the following centuries. Next to the church is a massive cistern, added in the 17th century. The church suffered severe destructions during WW1 and WW2 and has been rebuilt.Charles de...

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  • City Hall and Belfry

    The City Hall with it's belfry is certainly the most prominent building in Calais. It's was contructed in neo-flemish between 1911 and 1925. After renovation the 75m high belfry is open again to visitors. You can either walk up the stairs or take the lift. View from the belfry are excellent and on a clear day you might be able to see the coast of...

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  • NOTRE DAME CHURCH

    The church was constructed toward the end of the thirteenth century following a strong growth of the population. It's a big Church, that can hold a congregation of 1400 people!The day we were there, the church was being restored. Inside, nothing was in its' place, instead, all the statue's were standing alongside the Church wall. It didn't matter,...

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  • CALAIS THEATRE

    I thought this Theatre was beautiful! Built in 1903 and inaugurated in 1905, this theatre stands on the site of an old Cemetery.There are statues on the exterior symbolising the four arts: Poetry, Comedy, Dance and Music.Infront, is a Statue, and a very nice garden.

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  • CALAIS BEACH

    Calais Beach and West Pier, GOLLY! There were a lot of Sea-side high rise apartment's!Did you know that Calais is actually a seaside town? As you can see from my photo's, it is a nice sand beach, and only just 1km from Place D’ Armes. It looked a well kept seafront with plenty of snack bar's and restaurants.I am not used to seeing Beach huts, there...

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  • PLACE D'ARMES

    Once upon a time, this was a very busy market square in medieval Calais!Then along came the War's, destroying almost everything except a 13th century Watch Tower, [Tour de Guet].Now day's, this Tower is surrounded by cars or market stands, as during the week the square is used as a car park and every Wednesday and Saturday, it turns into a...

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  • CALAIS LIGHTHOUSE

    For some great views over the Channel head for the 19th century 51 metre high lighthouse located in the port of Calais. Well, we didn't do that, we just admired from the distance. For us older people, seeing the height of the Lighthouse and hearing we would have to climb a spiral staircase of "only" 271 step's to the top!.....Decision made! No go!I...

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  • JACQUARD STATUE

    I looked at the Jacquard statue and wondered who this person was!Well, Lyons born Joseph Jacquard (1752-1834), was an inventor of a mechanism consisting of a programmed reproduction of a perforated card which could transfer complicated designs to lace.Calais, is well known in the Lace industry, and this 1910 statue is in Memory of him and his...

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  • THE REMEMBERANCE MONUMENT

    I found out, Calais has an awful lot of Monument'sThis was another one I came across inaugurated in 1904 in honour of the Calais people killed in colonial expeditions. A statue of Valour, the left hand leaning on on the town coat of arms with the top of the memorial showing Glory crowning Capt. Louis Dutertre, hero of the battle of Sidi-Brahim in...

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Calais Restaurants

  • Try the local specialities

    All around Calais you find these kioks selling chips and other fried stuff. Ok, it's far from healthy...but you should give it a try at least once.The portions are very generous, so if you're not too hungry take a small one.

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  • Great atmosphere

    We first visited this restaurant in December 2002 with a group of friends. We became rather rowdy and raucous, and the staff joined in with the frivolities. We stayed well beyond their normal closing time of midnight, and some of the staff came back to our hotel to continue the fun until the early hours of the morning.On our second visit in January...

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  • Disappointing experience

    We went to Calais just for a day tripWe wanted lunch, and this place looked friendly, reasonable, and (until then) we have always had good experiences with railway cafes / restaurantsFirst problem - although there were French and British flags outside, no one spoke any English and they refused to try to understand any of my rusty French(I've just...

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  • Gastronimique!

    Have been recommended to us we just had to try this amazing restaurant out on our latest day trip to Calais. In the heart of the town very close to the main square parking is not a problem as there is a large public car park opposite.Owned by the same family for 30 years, the attention to detail is superb. You enter the restaurant by a glass...

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  • Fantastic food in a fantastic...

    I came here about 20 years ago and having been to a different restaurant in Calais for so many years thought it high time to come back. The food was just as good, the service excellent and the wine was superb.The chef served us some shrimps in garlic butter as a sampler which was a good touch.If you are looking for a cheap restaurant on a day out...

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  • French fare at fair prices

    When we arrived in Calais the shops were closed for lunchtime so when in Paris do as the locals do & go for lunch. Natalie (Nchram) took me to her favourite brassiere, it is a little stroll out of the market square. Natalie ordered her favourite mussels & chips, the healthy option being in white wine & parsley or if you're feeling naughty indulge...

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Calais Transportation

  • P&O ferries

    P&O ferries is the best-known ferry company that maintains the connection to Dover.The five ferries (Spirit of France, Spirit of Britain, Pride of Burgundy, Pride of Canterbury and Pride of Kent) bring big trucks, cars and foot passengers across the Channel.Departures during day time are about one per hour.

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  • My Ferry Link

    My Ferry Link is the newest ferry operator connecting Calais with Dover with two ships (the Rodin and the Berlioz) , that each make eight crossings daily.

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  • Calais to Dover Ferry, France

    Whether it's a day's shopping trip or a holiday break you're after, at 90 minutes journey time, ou can fulfill this Calais to Dover ferry crossing, or vice versa ... Its a quick and enjoyable way to cross the "Channel". With numerous crossings, round the clock, its very easy to reach the other continent. With direct motorway access on both sides of...

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Calais Shopping

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  • Outlet shopping

    Lots of people from the UK make a day trip to do shopping in Calais. There is a big area where you can buy everything from liquor to garden necessities.There is also a very modern shopping mall full of outlet shops where you can buy big brands at low prices.

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  • shop till you drop

    As Nhcram & I were ther on a shopping spree wallets open - credit cards at the ready. I had hoped to purchase a pair of sunglasses, so we went into options Alain Afflelou 41 Blvd Jacquard & after selecting a nice pair for Eur 39 he mentioned that for Eur 1 more I could get 2 pairs - yiphee he even fitted them for me.We next hit several fashion...

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  • Girls let loose!!!

    This modern shoppig arcade is just right for tw young ladies let out for the day with credit cards!!Here is JO104 with her sunglasses that she purchsed that day.

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Calais Local Customs

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    by grets Written Dec 13, 2004

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    The salesman for these climbing santa needs a medal - they were everywhere.

    Actually, I rather like them. They are different to anything we have bakc home in the UK and a little bit of fun.

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Calais Warnings and Dangers

  • Valuable Grabbers

    When walking from the sealife centre to the coach parking area, in a large group (about 40), I saw a man smoking, walking in front. Being sensitive to cigarrette smoke, I started coughing. I noticed him stop and just stand, as if putting out his cigarette. I was quite glad, because I wouldn't have the smoke blowing in my face if I walked in front...

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  • Watch where you are going

    Unlike the Uk where it is an offence to let your dog foul the pavement and all responsible dog owners carry a bag to remove the pooch's whopsies, in France the pavement is littered with dog poo. It really is horrible and you have to be very careful where you walk.

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Calais Off The Beaten Path

  • The board

    Le bureau national de Ladies Circle (national board) also presented the results of the fundraising for a project in Madagascar. See my Madagascar page, because I visited that project there in 2001.

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  • The meeting

    Women from all over France came to the meeting. Even from French overseas territories like Réunion (in the Indian Ocean) and New Caledonia (Pacific Ocean). Oh and also from Burundi!

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  • Speech in French

    Ah yes, that's me, addressing the meeting at the town hall. My speeches in French are usually short, but I am able to make a joke or two and even say things that I haven't written down. hehe.

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Calais Favorites

  • French toilets

    I needed to go to the ladies, and was directed to a public toilet the make known as Sanisette.The instructions were in writing as well as audible but the door did not open (perhaps someone inside already - we do not know) Beware though to discourage vagrants the door opens after 15 minutes & then the whole toilet is washed, scrubbed & disinfected...

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  • History of Calais

    Calais came about because of its geographical position. Flints in primeval tombs found on the heights of the Calais show that this part of the continent was lived in since prehistoric times. The origin of the name Calais is obscure, the popular version is that Calais is called "Caletum" on a former map, and that the Calèteses came to help the...

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  • Great for shopping

    The main town is quite compact with many shops and restaurants. Because it is so compact, it is also very busy. We experienced some minor hostility towards the English, but I'm sure this was just an isolated incident. The driving we encountered was abysmal, however, and I escaped death on more than one occasion. Not sure if it was a deliberate...

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