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City break in Calais. Active leisure ideas for Calais - attractions, recreation and nightlife

Pull the plug 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, interesting fair trades are open on this square, and tourists will certainly find it very interesting to visit them. The tradition of these one-day fair trades appeared several centuries ago. Here, visitors can find local organic products, unique handicrafts, and even antiquities. The square looks particularly attractive during the Christmas period. It becomes incredibly cozy and attractive, a true quintessence of inimitable French charm.
Calais is a cozy harbor town with numerous interesting traditions and attractions. Start your observation of the city from visiting the town’s beach. A walk here will leave many good … Open
Aquar’aile restaurant is an absolutely fabulous place to have a meal and admire attractive surroundings. This restaurant is open on the top floor of one of the tallest buildings in Calais. Aquar’aile offers a breathtaking view of the sea and coast, as well as neighborhoods of the city. The restaurant mostly specializes in fish and seafood dishes. Brasserie is one of the most unusual types of French cafes. As a rule, they offer home food, such as pies, traditional Flemish cuisine, and craft beer.
Calais is famous primarily for its textile industry. Feather-weight lace and tulle are internationally famous for their exceptional quality and beauty. There is a museum dedicated to this industry in the city. It offers an interesting exhibition dedicated to the process of making lace, ornaments, and embroidery. There are both new and old weaver looms, as well as the finest textiles. Moreover, the museum hosts thematic master-classes twice a month. At these meetings, visitors can try to make their own lace, try sewing and embroidery, and even learn how to make own clothes. However, there is one thing to consider – all these master-classes are usually in French. 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
Ruins of the first castle are the main symbol and the most famous landmark in the city. Count of Boulogne made an order to build the castle yet in the 12th century. Later, the castle was rebuilt in the 16th century, turning from a dungeon into an impenetrable fortress. Excursions dedicated to the ancient castle will help you learn more about the history of Calais, marine and land-based fights, and English occupation. Besides that, it is one more wonderful opportunity to take a stroll in a picturesque area and admire gorgeous sea views and charming neighborhoods of Calais. There is a souvenir shop with nice items.
Calais is one of the closest French cities to the border with the United Kingdom. Before the building of the Channel tunnel, Calais was the main transition hub between the countries. Once the tunnel was opened, sea connection lost its dominance, but it is still possible to take a boat and cross La Manche, reaching England (don’t forget that you need to have identification documents and a visa). It is also possible to make a short voyage and explore the English Channel. Every year, this channel becomes the location of interesting contests, such as watercraft riding competitions, and contests of professional and amateur swimmers.
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
Don’t forget to visit Calais Beach. It is a comfortable, big, and very clean sandy beach. Both tourists and locals enjoy visiting it regardless of the time of a year. There are comfortable and well-equipped areas for picnics and sunbathing, and striking sea views simply cannot leave visitors indifferent. It is also worth noticing high safety of the beach – there are beach inspector towers, buoys, and safe bottom free of garbage and sharp pieces. Several small cafes at Calais Beach will not leave visitors hungry or thirsty. Finally, dressing cabins and public toilets make this beach very comfortable (they are not available in the wild part of the beach).
Er is ook moderne architecture in Calais - HFF Parc St Pierre is a small park that is located in the center of the city. Even though the park is not big, it is a place with its own unique atmosphere: forged railings and treillage, stone parapets in the Roman style, figures made of stone and bushes, showy alleys with century-old trees, and well-kept flowerbeds – the park is a peaceful place that is perfect for relaxing and forgetting about all troubles. It is particularly pleasant to visit this park in summer and relax near the central fountain, in spring when visitors can smell the aroma of blooming flowers, and in the evening when vintage lights illuminate the park. There are also several summerhouses and a playground for children.
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 … Open
Parc Richelieu is one more amazing place to relax. First of all, it is interesting to visit this park to see unusual sculptures that are located here – a military memorial and an arc. Moreover, the park is an incredibly picturesque place. It has a small pond, old trees, well-kept lawn, and numerous flowerbeds. The design of the park is slightly different depending on its part. There are, for example, classic park areas and a Japanese corner with stones, a fountain, and oriental décor. Comfortable benches and a nice playground for kids make Parc Richelieu even more attractive.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Calais and surroundings

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Map of all parks
National and city parks around Calais
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Caps et marais d’Opale' , 23.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all pret-parks
Amusement parks near Calais
♥   Amusement park 'Dennlys Parc' Dennebroeucq, 47.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Amusement park 'Plopsaland De Panne' Adinkerke-De Panne, 55.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Amusement park 'Dreamland Margate' , 58.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Amusement park 'Bagatelle' Merlimont, 60 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Amusement park 'Bellewaerde' Ypres, 79.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all aquaparks
Water attractions around Calais
♥   Water park 'Plopsaqua De Panne' , 55.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Water park 'Aquafun SunParks' Oostduinkerke, 64.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Water park 'Aquafun SunParks' De Haan, 93.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Calais
♥   Restaurant 'Le Grand Bleu' Calais. Type - Modern cuisine. 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Au Côte d’Argent' Calais. Type - Seafood. 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Le François 1er' Ardres. Type - Classic cuisine. 14.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'La Ferme du Vert' Wierre-Effroy. Type - Modern cuisine. 20 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'La Liégeoise' Wimereux. Type - Modern cuisine. 25.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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City break ideas for neighbours of Calais

Guide to your best city break in Calais - popular places for recreation and leisure. Things to do during the day in Calais - attractions, parks, beaches, aquaparks, racing tracks, biking trails or waterski. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) where to spend your time in the evening (bars, discos, clubs, etc.). We share some good ideas and the question 'What to do in Calais?' disappears immediately.
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