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Welcome to our Calais tourist information page. The oldest part of Calais (Calais Nord) is built on an artificial island surrounded by canals and harbours. The modern town, St-Pierre, lies to the south and southeast. Calais has a long history and the Romans called the settlement Caletum. Because of its strategic importance Calais was subject to frequent changes in sovereignty. At the time that Calais passed under English control in 1347 most of the inhabitants spoke Dutch as their first language. In 1558 Calais was finally returned to French control.
Follow this link for our most recently updated The main La France page. General tourist Information for Calais on this page, these links for hotels in Calais and restaurants in Calais. Probably the the French town with the strongest connection to England. We've been publishing this and similar features for over a decade. Your feedback is really important to us so we welcome your comments. Our contact details are at the foot of the page.
Calais is on the doorstep of a breathtaking coastline with miles of huge empty beaches, the fine white sand interrupted only by the cliffs of Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Gris Nez. Or head inland and drive through a countryside of rolling hills, small river valleys and forests. High standard, modestly priced accommodation and restaurants to suit most pockets and tastes can be found throughout the area to offer a taste of the real France.
Calais was part of the English Kingdom for many years, there are visible and enduring connections with Britain to be seen all over the 'Pas'. Economically the Department was traditionally a coal mining area and like parts of East Kent this industry has now declined, perhaps not quite as much as the Kent coalfields.
Although this feature concentrates primarily on Calais, the rest of the department can be easily reached by day trippers and there are great sights to see in towns like: Arras, Béthune, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Lens, Montreuil and Saint-Omer.
Famous Calais landmarks worth a visit include:
Beach In Wissant - On the seaward side the village of Wissant has a huge beach, ideal for wind and water sports. Audreselles is famous for its unusual fishing boats which when not in use, are parked, car fashion, outside their owners houses. Another fishing village, Ambleteuse boasts a fine fort built by the famous French military engineer, Vauban.
Cloth of Gold - Guines - Inland a network of small roads lead to villages such as Guines, near the field of the Cloth of Gold, the famous meeting place in 1520 for Henry VIII and Francis I of France, while the pretty town of Ardres has for decades been a popular en route stopover for British holidaymakers.
Giant World War II bunker - Licques - Nearby is Licques, a charming village with a superb Gothic church, famous for its production of fine turkey, highlighted in December in an annual turkey parade. Eperlecques is notable for a giant World War II bunker, where V2 rockets were built and launched.
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