Calais is a town and major ferry port in Northern France in a region known as Pas-de-Calais. It sits at the narrowest point on the English Channel and is 21 miles from Dover and is the most popular ferry port for people taking ferries from England.
As a result of its geographic position, Calais has played an important role in terms of merchant transport throughout the years, especially in staple products such as wool and lace. It also played a major strategic role during the Napoleonic War and the two world wars.
Much of the town was destroyed during World War II but there’s still an interesting old part to the town where you’ll find a magnificent town hall. There are many places of interest so if you have time during your trip it’s worthy of a visit.
Calais Ferry Port
Like Dover ferry port, Calais is also one of the busiest vehicle and passenger ferry ports as well as being important to the fishing industry, and has become a centre for fish marketing. Around 3,000 people are employed in fishing and the lace industry, harking back to its earlier trading heritage.
The city has many tourist attractions that are worthy of a visit. Calais Town Hall is a popular landmark due to its historical importance. Other popular attractions include Calais Lighthouse, the War Museum, Notre-Dame Church and the Historical War Museum.
Where to Stay in Calais
If you’re planning to stay in Calais there are numerous hotels to choose from. There are well known chains such as Ibis and Mercure and a host of independent hotels to suit your budget. Parking is reasonably easy to find, some is free and some pay and display.
There’s also some free parking at the ferry terminal but check that you’re in the right section before leaving your car.