Most of us hit the autoroute as soon as landing (or de-training) in Calais (62 Pas-de-Calais, Hauts de France) and heading South (or East), the most frequent diversion being for shopping in one of the Hypermarkets or the Cité Europe complex at Coquelles.

cité dentelle CalaisHowever, there are other reasons to stop in the local area such as the Calais Lace Museum (Cité Internationale de la dentelle et de la mode de Calais) which is a must see. Located in an original lace factory building, visitors can see original working Victorian lace machines and a stunning array of exhibits including a display of original lace clothes and fashion through the centuries. At the final gallery, visitors can use a special camera, which shows themselves dressed in any of the museum’s lace clothes – in 3D.

Just a 10 minute drive from Calais, the quaint, reconstructed Saint-Joseph Village offers a glimpse of what life was like in rural France between 1900 and 1950. Complete with a garage, school, blacksmith’s forge, sawmill and restaurant offering local recipes, this village is a unique learning experience for any child.

Don’t miss the exhibitions of fine art at the Musée des Beaux Arts

Other local Calais attractions in or near Calais include:-

B&B La Grande Maison near Calais
B&B La Grande Maison near Calais

One of my personal favourites is the City Hall with its imposing belfry and Rodin’s sculpture of the “Burghers of Calais”

B&Bs, self-catering and Hotels in Calais including the B&B La Grande Maison near Calais at Escalles near Cap Gris Nez

P&O Ferries Dover to Calais

P&O ferries



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