Calais, the city of lace…and now of the dragon!

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Reading time: 0 minPublished on 11 January 2023, updated on 15 April 2024

This is one of those cities that have risen like a phoenix. The city where they produce lace like nowhere else has now become a city that is really moving, in which savoir-faire blends with authenticity, tourism and the hallmarks of French-style luxury. Here, diversity reins and thanks to this spirit of renewal this booming touristic city reveals wonderful experiences that nobody should miss.

Point of view

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Between the sea and the land stands the port and this one is racking up accolades: No.1 European port for connections with England, No.1 freight port in Europe, No. 1 French port for passenger traffic.

The belfry of Calais

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For nearly a century, in good times and bad, the belfry has lit up the city of Calais. These days a lift allows you to reach the summit with ease and enjoy the breathtaking 360° degree views. Unmissable for visitors and locals alike!

Le Channel

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Did you know that Calais is a truly cultural and historic town? Proof of this is le Channel. With the help of artist François Delarozière, the city has transformed its former abattoirs into a venue for life, exchanges, concerts and a wide and diverse range of events.

Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez

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At dusk or at dawn, when the interplay of light strikes the Deux Caps site, Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez, you understand just why this is a listed French Grand Site. On a clear day it’s not unusual to catch a glimpse of the neighbouring English coast.

Water activites

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The North Sea is not just some vast wasteland; it’s also a playground for water sports...

For more information: - Office de tourisme Intercommunal Calais Côte d'Opale

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