Your first taste of France
Calais Côte d'Opale is a region offering a great amount of warm and festive events all year round! Sound and light shows, historic pageants, fairytales, legendary celebrities, twilight walks, a fascinating heritage, artists and aficionados there's always a vibrant festive air in the Calais Côte d'Opale! These "rendez-vous" have several things in common: they are unique encounters, warm hearted fun and such dedicacies...
To make the most of your visit in the Calais region, make sure you pick up your Pass "Escales Calaisis" from the Calais Tourism Office.
The Town of Calais
The Town of Calais has many remarkable monuments:
- the Town Hall, now Unesco World Heritage site,
- the statue of the Six Burghers from Rodin,
- the Church of Notre Dame,
- the Fortresses (Nieulay, Risban) constructions realised by the French engineer Vauban at the end of the seventeenth century.
Some vestiges of the past spared by the ravages of the Second World War are of particular interest.
For a full appreciation of the history of Calais, it is essential to visit the Fine Arts and Lace Museum where the art collection is mainly centred on sculptures and paintings by Rodin and the War Museum, housed in a bunker that was once the command post to the German Navy. 20 exhibition rooms of artefacts, uniforms and weaponry trace the history of Calais from the battle of 1940 to the Liberation in 1933. An audio-guide is available in English.
The lighthouse: Spend some time in the Lighthouse, which is 51 metres high. For those who brave the climb of the 271 steps, the panoramic view from the top is simply magnificent!
Sightseeing train: You can also visit Calais in the delightful sightseeing train on wheels from the Calais Tourist Office right down to the beach. Tour lasts 1 hour.
Naviboats: Take your family on a cruise day along the canals between Calais and Ardres (30km) at your leisure with "Naviboat" (Electric boat - no licence required- and pedal boat rentals).
Musée de Mémoire 1939 - 1945:on 26th May 1940, after 4 days under siege, German troops took over Calais. The German Navy built a bunker in the heart of the city in a park. Nowadays there is a museum on the site, whose 21 rooms give testimony to this period with a large collection of items as well as military and everyday documents.
1 February - 30 April: 11.00 am -5.00 pm
Closed on Tuesday and Sunday
Open every day from 1 May to 30 September: 10.00am -6.00pm
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Calais Côte d'Opale
Calais Côte d'Opale is also a region offering wonderful activities & attractions for everyone!
Open air adventure!
High and low, on land, in the sea and in the air. Such open air adventure in the "Pays de Calais"! There's something for everyone here... rambling through the ever changing natural landscapes for those who love the great outdoors and exploring the rich cultural past for history buffs. The outstanding and breathtaking scenery of the coast offers a multitude of aerial, wind and water sport activities, not forgetting the numerous signposted footpaths, bridal paths and mountain bike trails.
Take the coastal path!
To the west of Calais come discover the Cap Blanc Nez in a different way. By taking the "Sentier des Balcons d'Escalles" pathway you will experience one of the most superb sea views of the region. A lovely 8km circular walk flanked by the sea and the countryside - from the village of Escalles to the summit of the Cape. Departure is from Escalles .
The "Sentier du Fartz" is located in the commune of Wissant in the heart of the 2 Caps site. Along this 5.6km signposted walk, you will discover the lighthouse quarry natural site and observe some wild fauna before returning past the dunes.
This land also has many hidden treasures just waiting to be unveiled. And for the taste buds, nothing beats a welcoming and amusing visit to the local farms.
Are you a Gourmet?
There is a huge choice of restaurants for you to try in our area. From local specialities to traditional brasseries, our tourist professionals will provide you with quality meals and service. With the wealth of delicious local food from our country and coast, including lobster and fish from the North Sea, our chefs can produce original dishes using fresh products, throughout the year.
Top quality activities and a warm welcome await the visitors in Calais Côte d'Opale!
Getting there and around
Office de tourisme Calais Côte d'Opale
12 Bd Clémenceau - Calais
Tel: +33 (0)3 21 96 62 40
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