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12 blvd Georges Clemenceau Calais
62100

Tel:+33 (0)3 21 96 62 40
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Calais is less than 40km from Dover and as a result is the busiest French passenger port.  Calais was largely destroyed during WWII by the British who feared German invasion and is therefore not the most elegant place to sojourn unless of course you want to shop!  Great shopping is to be had around Place d'Armes on bd Jacquard and bd Lafayette not forgetting the huge Cite Europe by the Eurotunnel exit which caters for just about every whim!  

For those who can be lured away from the shops there is always the Musee des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle which recalls the town's lace-making history when Nottingham lace makers set up business here in the late 19th century. 

You should also make time for Rodin's famous sculpture 'The Burghers of Calais' which sits in front of the town hall.  The sculpture depicts starved citizens trying to hold out against the English forces of Edward III who, touched by their stoicism, spared their lives.

What to See - Calais Attractions

Blockhaus d'Eperlecques
D600 between Dunkerque & St-Omer, St-Omer 62500
concrete bunker built by 3000 forced labourers now houses a WWII museum
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mar:pms, Apr-Sep:daily, Nov:pms | Tel: +33 (0)3 21 88 44 22

La Coupole
5km S of St-Omer, St-Omer 62500
an exhibition centre which presents life during the Occupation
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 21 93 07 07

Musee 39-45
Ambleteuse, Cote d'Opale 62000
a museum dedicated to wartime history
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct:daily; Mar, Oct-Nov: Sat & Sun | Tel: +33 (0)3 21 87 33 01

Outdoor Food Market
Place d'Armes, Calais 62100
with all sorts of French delicacies to tempt you at reasonable prices
| Opening Times: Wed & Sat am

Cap Blanc-Nez
between Calais & Boulogne, Cote d'Opale 62000
a superb vantage point of Calais, cliffs of Kent and the Bay of Wissant

Cite Europe
next to vehicle loading for Channel Tunnel, Calais 62100
indulge yourself with the vast array of foie gras, cheeses, wines, spirits & champagne available at this huge shopping mall with over 130 shops including an enormous Carrefour
| Opening Times: Mon-Sat:daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 21 46 47 48

Bleriot Plage
Calais 62100
is a long beach backed by sand dunes named after Louis Bleriot who attempted the first cross-channel flight from here in 1909

Lighthouse
blvd des Allies, Calais 62100
superb views of the Opal Coast from the top of this lighthouse
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep:Mon-Fri & ams on w'end; varies for winter | Tel: +33 (0)3 21 34 33 34

Musee de la Guerre
Parc Saint Pierre, Calais 62100
an interesting insight into the events of WWII
| Admission charge | Opening Times: May-Sep:daily, mid Feb-Apr & Oct-mid Nov: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)3 21 34 21 57

Musee des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle
25 rue Richelieu, Calais 62100
the history of Calais's lace-making industry plus works by Dutch and Flemish artists
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon (Sun pm) | Tel: +33 (0)3 21 46 48 40