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Calais Beach

The gateway to France and a fantastic place to go shopping.

Calais is a shopper’s paradise. The main shopping streets are Boulevard Jacquard, Boulevard Lafayette and Rue Royale. There you will find La Maison du Fromage, Rue Saint André ; Le Bar à Vin, Place d’Armes and Royal Dentelle the Calais lace shop.

There’s also a Second World War museum situated in a bunker which was once a command post for the German navy. Now it contains a magnificent display of military objects, uniforms and arms. The museum concentrates on the history of Calais and its surrounding area from 1940 until the liberation in 1944.

Is there a local speciality?

Perhaps the best souvenir is one left by the British: Calais Lace which has its origins in Nottingham.

Any good activities around?

Take a bracing walk on the long pale sandy beach at Escalles and look up at the mighty Cap Blanc-Nez cliffs, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The White Cliffs of Dover are just 34 km away and are visible in clear weather.

When's market day?

Wednesday and Saturday mornings place d'Armes and Saturday mornings place Crèvecoeur.

Interesting town fact

Calais was regarded for many years by the English as being an integral part of Britain. Over one of its gates is still carried the inscription: “when shall the Frenchmen Calais win When iron and lead like cork shall swim”

Calais tourist board