Calais Travel Guide

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Calais Overview

Calais is a town in northern France. It has a population of over 125,000.

Calais overlooks the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point in the English Channel, which is only 34 km (21 miles) wide here, and is the closest French town to the United Kingdom. The white cliffs of Dover can easily be seen on a clear day.

The old part of the town, Calais proper (or Calais-Nord), is situated on an artificial island surrounded by canals and harbours. The modern part of the town, St-Pierre, lies to the south and southeast.

Calais has long been the port of passage across the Channel to England and since 1994 travellers have the benefit of the Channel Tunnel. The English occupied Calais from 1347 to 1558 - after complaints from English merchants that the old port was a "den of pirates" raiding their ships. The town is still a fishing port and is also known for its lace.

Must see sights/attractions include: the Market Square, the Town Hall, Notre-Dame Cathedral, The Watch Tower, Calais Lighthouse and the Citadel to name but a few.