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Calais docks P&O ferry

P&O ferry in Calais

Calais Ferry Port



Places to visit in Calais photos and guide

The cheapest way to get to Calais is by ferry from the UK. You can use the channel tunnel which is quicker but costs a lot more.

Calais is one of the busiest ferry ports in the world it has a good motorway network.The town is undergoing a lot of development shops offices.

Calais Town Hall

calais town hall france picture

One of the best buildings in the town is the 20th century Flemish style town hall see picture.

The bell tower bears a similarity to Big Ben there is a nice garden to the front.Just across the road is a park where a German bunker from the 1944 war as been turned into a museum.

The town is a lacemaking centre you can see lace making machinery and fine lace in the nearby musee des beaux arts et de la dentelle.

If you like fine cheese and wine try La Maison du Fromage et des Vins on 1 Rue Andre Gerschell 62100. It is only a small shop but has some of the best cheese in France

The port of Calais France ferry terminal

Calais ferry France picture

The vast car park at Cite europe


calais cite europe shopping centre

Most day trippers head out of Calais on the ring road which leads to the vast shopping mall complex at Cite Europe. The centre shops opens at 10am but you want get there at 9am. The car park although large fills very quickly,you can get a very good continental breakfast 5e inside while you wait for the shops to open.

The shops offer a wide selection of products but there prices are geared to the tourist market better prices can be had on the outskirts of town.

A wharehouse city of discount booze outlets have set up on the western side of Calais.We found fuel on cite europe car park to be cheaper for diesel and petrol.Diesel is usually about a pound a gallon cheaper than the UK petrol on our last visit was more than the UK

People miss out on the towns many interesting museums and fine restaurants. Popular restaurants a selection of places to eat out in the town.

The beach is very good for a busy Port with rows of white beach huts. A local Map of the town

Cite of Europe shopping centre update

The sea front Calais

Calais seafront picture

Holiday Inn Calais

 holiday Inn Calais

Calais has been the traditional landfall on the European mainland for generations of travellers.

The Holiday Inn Calais hotel is conveniently situated in the town centre. Both the Channel Tunnel and the Ferry port are within close proximity to the hotel.

Calais is linked to the European motorway network via the A26 and A16. London, Paris and Brussels are less than 3 hours drive from Calais

Holiday Inn Calais is facing the harbour. Casino, beach and shopping centres are in a close distance from the hotel.

The brand new Lace Museum, the 39-45 War Museum, the statue of "Les Six Bourgeois de Calais" by Rodin, the Town Hall (UNESCO Patrimony) are in a walking distance from the hotel

Holiday Inn


Information on popular Hotels in the Port

We have stayed at several Gites along this coast and have enjoyed them all

This cottage is a few miles from Ambleteuse in the village of Les Coquelicots not far from Calais

Les Coquelicotgite to rent picture

On the edge of the village with fine country views and walks from the door.

46 kms from Calais, 12 kms from the very popular resort of Hardelot Plage and 17 kms from Wimereux.

Tennis 2 kms, horse-riding 4 kms, shops 5 kms, swimming pool and sailing 12 kms.

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