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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pas-de-Calais

Calais - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pas-de-Calais

Calais, France's number one passenger port, also benefits from its proximity to the English coast and from the Channel tunnel, the famous transport route connecting France to England. The city has preserved a few monuments from its past, such as the city hall, which is topped by a 75-metre high belfry, a 13th- and 14th-century church, and 13th-century watchtower. In front of the city hall stands the magnificent Bourgeois of Calais bronze sculptural group by Rodin.

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France's leading passenger port, Calais is a city with undeniable attractions. Located on the coast of the Channel, the city has always been a strategic military point of importance. It has often been besieged in the course of history beginning in 1346 during the Hundred Years War. The English have often sought to annex Calais. Yet the city holds good even during the Second World War when the Germans declare it "forbidden zone" for fear of landing the allies there. Calais is rebuilt after the war and consolidates its position as a leader in transport across the Atlantic. In 1994, the construction of the tunnel under the Channel finished to establish its first place. All the life of the city revolves around the port, but it is inside the metropolis that you will find many classified monuments, escaped from the wars.

Things to see and do

Calais knows how to offer good moments of relaxation to its visitors. While strolling along the dike from where the ferry to England leaves, you can enjoy the seaside stroll on the sandy beach lined with white beach chalets to see the white cliffs of Dover in time clear. In summer you can enjoy the beach and its water sports. There, the wind is often part of the game. This will be the opportunity to introduce you to the sand yacht. And for a 360 degree view, it will take a little effort to climb the 271 steps of the Calais lighthouse. You will have a panorama on the port, the hinterland of Calais, but also on Dover. Unusual fact that adds to the mysterious atmosphere, the lighthouse is built in front of a church.

Besides its wearing, Calais has a unique know-how of lace. It is in the City of Lace and Fashion that you will discover this art of weaving renowned throughout the world. The museum, housed in an old lace industry, welcomes you and offers workshops for both children and adults to introduce you to this art of fashion.

The historical heritage remains an essential part of your visit. The program begins with the belfry. Rest assured, you can ascend by elevator and admire the view from the top of its 78 meters. The visit continues through the Church of Our Lady, whose construction began in 1223 and ended in the 17th century. Its originality lies in the fact that every era has left its mark. It thus presents an architecture of influence Tudor. Fort Risban is also a curiosity not to be missed. Erected for a defensive purpose of the port, this fort dates from the end of the sixteenth century.

It is in an authentic blockhouse of the German Navy that the Museum of Memory 39-45 is held. An original place to go in the footsteps of the past and immerse yourself in the history of the Second World War.

In a more playful way, the clock tower is a museum to discover the history of the Vikings while having fun. Children can play while discovering the story and parents grow at the same time.

Finally, you can finish your visit by the Museum of Fine Arts located in the historical center of Calais. Numerous exhibitions await you there.

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Events and festivities

During the month of January, the fair takes place in Calais. Ride and carousel rides await you for unforgettable moments with family or friends.

In February, it is the living room of vintners and terroirs that invites itself to Calais. 1500 m² of exhibition, about forty passionate producers and of course wine tastings to discover the flavors of this nectar.

Throughout the month of December, the world of toys opens its doors to you. Ice rink, shows, arrival of Santa Claus... you will not believe your eyes! Stroll through the magical forest and take a ride in Santa's sleigh! The village of Christmas settles during the festivities in Calais.


Lighthouse Calais
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