The town of Calais is more of a throughway than a destination. That’s because each year some 15 million people pass by this quiet nook en route to Dover, but very few actually stop. Still, seasoned travelers say this major ferry port, which is also the largest city in Pas-de-Calais, has a few hidden gems that make it worth overnighting.
The World War II museum on Part St Pierre is housed inside a former Nazi military bunker and the museum’s 20 rooms are filled with photographs and artifacts that help make history come alive. The Citadel on Avenue Roger Salengro, once housed a medieval castle, but today travelers can venture to this spot for epic views of the White Cliffs of Dover. And the pre-war Watch Tower, which dates back to the early 1900s, is one of the most historic monuments in the town of Calais.
Travelers can cross the English Channel into Calais by ferry or by train. Three railway stations: Gare de Calais-Frethun, Gare de Calais-Ville and Gare des Fontinettes all service the town.
- Todt Battery (Batterie Todt)
- Dunkirk (Dunkerque)
- Le Touquet
- Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery
- Ablain-Saint-Nazaire Church Ruins
- Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery
- Lille Museum of Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille)
- Birthplace of Charles de Gaulle (Maison Natale de Charles de Gaulle)
- Lille Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille)
- Hospice Comtesse Museum (Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse)
- Lille Old Town (Vieux Lille)
- Grand Place
- Museum of the Gunners in Lille (Musée des Canonniers Sédentaires de Lille)