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Calais tourism and travel guide

Photo of Calais in Pas-de-Calais

Photo is of Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez at 11 km from Calais

Visit Calais: highlights and tourist information

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Calais is situated in the Pas-de-Calais department and Hauts-de-France region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez at 11 km and Wissant at 15 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Calais, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Calais in Hauts-de-France.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez

Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez

Scenery at 11 km (direction west)

The Cap Blanc-Nez and the Cap Gris-Nez are classified as Grand sites...

See Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez guide
Wissant

Wissant

at 15 km (direction west-south-west)

Wissant is a small seaside town in the north of France which...

See Wissant guide
Gravelines

Gravelines

at 20 km (direction east), in the Nord department

The principal attraction at Gravelines is the fortifications, built by the Spanish...

See Gravelines guide
Wimereux

Wimereux

at 26 km (direction south-west)

Wimereux is a seaside town with a fine selection of Belle Epoque...

See Wimereux guide
 
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Boulogne-sur-Mer

Boulogne-sur-Mer

Seaside resort at 30 km (direction south-west)

The old town with its ramparts, castle and ancient streets are the...

See Boulogne-sur-Mer guide
Nausicaa

Nausicaa

at 30 km (direction south-west)

Nausicaa is a large aquarium and sea life centre and one of...

See Nausicaa guide
Saint-Omer

Saint-Omer

at 36 km (direction east-south-east)

The attractive centre of Saint-Omr is one of the best towns to...

See Saint-Omer guide
Esquelbecq

Esquelbecq

at 41 km (direction east), in the Nord department

At Esquelbec you can admire the Flemand style town centre with its...

See Esquelbecq guide
Cassel

Cassel

at 47 km (direction east-south-east), in the Nord department

The town of Cassel is built on the highest hill in the...

See Cassel guide
Le Touquet

Le Touquet

Seaside resort at 51 km (direction south-south-west)

Upmarket Le Touquet is probably the most popular of the coastal resorts...

See Le Touquet guide
Aire-sur-la-Lys

Aire-sur-la-Lys

at 51 km (direction east-south-east)

Now officially listed as a 'recommended detour' town, the highlight in Aire-sur-la-Lys...

See Aire-sur-la-Lys guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Pas-de-Calais

Map of places to visit near Calais

 
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Markets in and near Calais

Market days in Calais: weekly market: Wednesday & Thursday & Saturday;

  • Calais: market Wednesday & Thursday & Saturday (0km)
  • Coulogne: market Monday (3km)
  • Ardres: market Thursday (14km)
  • Audruicq: market Wednesday (18km)
  • Grand-Fort-Philippe: market Monday (18km)
  • Gravelines: market Sunday & Friday (20km)
  • Ambleteuse: market Wednesday (23km)
  • Bourbourg: market Tuesday (24km)
  • Boulogne-sur-Mer: market Wednesday (31km)
  • Desvres: market Tuesday (31km)

Hotels near Calais

More information about Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Tourist attractions near Calais, France

What to do at Calais? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Calais.

Aquarium

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

  • Beffroi de Calais (Belfries of Belgium and France) (0km)
  • Beffroi de Gravelines (Belfries of Belgium and France) (20km)
  • Beffroi de Boulogne-sur-Mer (Belfries of Belgium and France) (30km)
  • Beffroi de l'église St-Éloi de Dunkerque (Belfries of Belgium and France) (38km)
  • Beffroi et hôtel de ville de Dunkerque (Belfries of Belgium and France) (38km)
  • Beffroi de Bergues (Belfries of Belgium and France) (41km)
  • Beffroi d'Aire-sur-la-Lys (Belfries of Belgium and France) (51km)

National Monuments

  • Column of the Grand Army (28km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Caps et Marais d'Opale (23km)

Remarkable gardens

  • La ferme du mont des Récollets (47km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Cap Blanc-Nez (10km)
  • Réserve naturelle du Platier d'Oye (16km)
  • Cap Gris-Nez (21km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale des grottes et des pelouses d'Acquin-Westbécourt et des coteaux de Wavrans-sur-l'Aa (35km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale des étangs du Romelaëre (36km)
  • Dunes d'Écault (38km)
  • Réserve naturelle de la Baie de Canche (48km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Loon-Plage (26km)
  • Grande-Synthe (33km)
 
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Geography and distances

Calais is in the north of France at 98 kilometres from Arras, the department capital (general information: Calais is 235 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Calais

Canton: Calais

Arrondissement: Calais

Department: Pas-de-Calais

Region: Nord-Pas-de-Calais

New region: Hauts-de-France

Postcode: 62100

Distance to Calais

from Arras (prefecture): 98 km

from Paris: 235 km

from Calais: 0 km

from Nice: 903 km

from Bordeaux: 703 km

from Strasbourg: 498 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Calais from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 5 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Coquelles, Coulogne, Frethun, Les Attaques and Nielles-les-Calais.

This page in French: Visiter Calais

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