Calais - French Port to England

62100 Calais City center: 0.4 km
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The ferry port town of Calais is the closest French town to England, and on a clear day, you can easily see the famous White Cliffs of Dover. Because of its location, it is a popular port for both shipping and rail travel between France and England, and it has played a vital role in the transportation and trading between the two countries since the Roman era. During the Middle Ages, the town belonged to England due to its important location for trading. The older part of town is located on an artificial island created by canals and harbors, and is host to many beautiful buildings. The famous 13th century Watch Tower, or Tour du Guet, lies in the Place d'Armes in the center of the old town and was a lighthouse until a more modern one was built in the mid 1800s.

Location: Just Across the Channel from England

Calais is located on the Strait of Dover, which is also the narrowest point of the English Channel, making it the closest French location to England. It is a busy port city, with both commercial and passenger transportation coming through. It is also a nucleus of both railways and highways, connecting the city to other areas of France, England, and the rest of Europe.

Business: The Largest Passenger Port in France

The major business in Calais is transportation and shipping, providing both commercial and passenger services. It is the location of the principal ferry between France and England, and is the largest passenger port in France. It is also located near Coquelles, which is where the Channel Tunnel enters France. The town has a long history of being a fishing port, with many notable fishing markets.

Culture: A Charming Town with Impressive Architecture

Calais is not just a port city, it has many beautiful architectural treasures, most of which have been rebuilt due to bombing during World War II. The Notre-Dame church is the only church in France built in the English perpendicular style, built during Calais' occupancy by the British. The town hall, or Hôtel de Ville, is an example of the Flemish Renaissance style, and features a 74-meter high clock tower and belfry, a UNESCO protected site.

Activities: Striking Cliffs and Views of England

The beautiful Côte d'Opale in Calais features striking cliffs and wide dunes that many artists have captured, and there are uncountable opportunities for enjoying the beautiful scenery of these cliffs and others. You can hike through the scenic countryside and enjoy the striking views of the cliffs, ocean, and landscape, and try to see the White Cliffs of Dover. The nearby Cap Blanc-Nez is a protected area of coastline with cliffs with perfect vistas from which to view the hills Boulonnais Nature Park.