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wanderlust.... The structure of Calais is quite unusual as canals divide this city into two parts – old and new Calais. The old region is named Calais-Nor. It was severely damaged during war and historical monuments and places of interest were rebuilt almost from ruins. The new region of the city is named Calais-Sud; this is the location of main commercial streets of the city, so tourists who enjoy shopping will definitely like this region. Jacquard and Lafayette boulevards are the location of large trading centers, boutiques and pavilions.
First of all, tourists should visit the heart of Calais – Place d'Armes. On this square, visitors can attend charming shops and admire gorgeous historic buildings. Twice a week, … Open
The old Watch Tower is considered the main sight of the historical part of the city. It was built yet in the medieval period. This is also the only building in the city that managed to survive after World War II. Notre Dame Church located on d’Armes square is definitely a notable building of the religious character. In 1921 here was conducted the wedding ceremony of Charles de Gaulle and Yvonne Vendroux. Art connoisseurs always recognize traits of English gothic style in the shapes of the church. This is very unusual for France.
Museum of Fine Arts located on Richelieu square will get you acquainted with priceless exhibits. You can enjoy panoramic views of the city and see the beauty of its suburbs by visiting observation areas from the local lighthouse that is 51 meters tall. One more beautiful building of Calais is the Town Hall, the building of which was finished in 1926. The height of one of bell towers reaches 60 meters. Your excursion to Museum of World War II will be no less interesting. In this museum you will find out much new information about the history of the city and its tragic destiny. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
1. French is the official language in the country, but don’t be sad if you don’t know it. Intermediate English is more than enough for a comfortable holiday in Calais. As a rule, … Open
City beach is definitely the most favorite place of walks among both locals and tourists. However, we should mention that due to climatic conditions of this region water near Calais rarely warms up to comfortable temperature, so there’s a little chance that you’ll be able to swim in the azure waves, but you still can enjoy magnificent looks of the coastal line.
walking the Gold The starting point of many excursion programs around the city is the Place d’Armes, which was once in the heart of the city. It was here that the most significant public events and celebrations were held. Nowadays on the square too, recreational activities are regularly held. Around the square are numerous historic buildings, including a watchtower, whose top is equipped with an excellent viewing platform. It is most interesting to visit the square on Wednesday and Saturday. On these days, interesting fairs are held here.
Shopping in Calais will bring many unforgettable moments. Premium wine stores have already become one of the main peculiarities of this city. For instance, Calais Wine Superstore offers a … Open
One of the most magnificent architectural buildings of Calais is the Cathedral of Our Lady which was built in the 13th century. Until the 15th century, the cathedral was continuously reconstructed and supplemented with new elements. So now, it represents an amazing combination of different architectural styles. For hundreds of years, the cathedral managed to preserve a lot of old elements of finishing and decorations, including a magnificent altar of marble, which was installed in 1628.
Pointing at Dover Among the unusual cultural establishments of Calais is the Museum of Lace and Fashion, founded in 1874. Today, the exposition of the museum is made up of samples of beautiful lace, and you can even see sketches of old clothes and also unique machines, which made laces one hundred years ago. Several times a month, the museum conducts interesting master classes, in which participants can learn how to weave laces in various techniques, as well as sewing and drawing.
Calais is a quiet and calm French town which many travelers with children give preference. There are no large and noisy amusement parks, huge shopping and entertainment centers and nature … Open
Everyone who is interested in military history, in Calais should visit the Museum of World War II. Its diverse exposition includes samples of the old military uniform and weapons. Also in the museum, an interesting collection of ancient awards and accessories related to the Third Reich is collected. The museum has an extensive adjoining territory, on which samples of military equipment are presented.
Pull the plug On the coast is another interesting symbol of the city – the old Calais Lighthouse. It was built in 1848 and today is the location of the most popular observation platform in the city. From its top, a wonderful view of the coast and some areas of Calais open. From the observation platform, the lively port area is visible, as though it were in your palms. After visiting the lighthouse, it is worth taking a walk along the port area of ​​Calais, which always boils with life.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Calais
♥   Castle 'Château de Fort Risban' Pas-de-Calais, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Boulogne' Pas-de-Calais, 29.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Hardelot' Pas-de-Calais, 37.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Dover Castle Dover' , 40.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Deal Castle' , 42.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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National and city parks around Calais
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Caps et marais d’Opale' , 23.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Calais from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Shell Grotto

From the series “15 Historical Monuments, with Riddles not yet Solved”
At first, the researchers suppose that this Grotto was built in the ancient times and devoted to the ancient gods. Later, there was a theory about the Medieval times. They thought that this place was an asylum for secret cult meetings. The mosaics on the walls can mean a lot and even can uncover some mysterious of this Grotto. Since the time when Shell Grotto was discovered, it was privately owned by Newlove’s family. At a moderate charge everyone can visit this place. With an excursion you can see not only all Grotto’s nooks but also listen to some interesting stories about its discover and researching works. … Read further
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