Calais is a happy combination of nature and culture on the ‘Opal Coast’. Thanks to our tips, you can stay there on a budget. The two ibis hotels in the centre of town are ideal for cheap holidays in Calais.
Get a breath of fresh air on the Calais coast
Deck yourself out in Calais lace without breaking the bank! Calais has a long, proud tradition of lacemaking. Discover its expertise at the Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode, which is located in a former factory. While you’re there, you can admire some designer creations made using Calais lace. Another important historic stop-off is the citadel at the gateway to old Calais. The fortress was built by French designer Vauban in the 17th century and has watery moats beneath its green embankments. Walk the length of the ramparts to uncover the secrets of its defensive architecture while enjoying the atmosphere of a country stroll.
Listen to the gulls’ cries as you promenade along the port and breathe in some sea air. You will love the traditional houses with their impressive gables beside the quays. Calais’ lighthouse shines between their steep roofs. If you want a spectacular view of the Channel, climb the lighthouse’s 300 steps. In good weather, you’ll be able to see the English coastline in the distance. Another lighthouse marks the end of the pier. Venture out across the wooden bridge over the sea – you’ll feel like you’re walking among the waves. The chalets of Blériot-Plage will impress you too with their fisherman’s cottage look. Follow the Digue Gaston-Berthe which runs beside the shore to reach these homes built on sand.