Calais - French Port to England
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.