Attractions

Museum in Calais

Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode

Innovative exhibits trace the history of lace making – the industry that once made Calais a textile powerhouse – from hand knotting (some stunning samples are on display) through the Industrial Revolution. The highl…
Statue in Calais

Burghers of Calais

In front of Calais' ornate Hôtel de Ville stands the first cast of Rodin's famous sculpture Les Bourgeois de Calais (The Burghers of Calais; 1889), which portrays six local leaders (burghers) in 1347 as they surrend…
Beach in Calais

Blériot Plage

This broad, gently sloping sandy beach stretching for 8km is safe for swimming and gets packed in summer.
Tower in Calais

Hôtel de Ville

Inaugurated in 1925, Calais' Hôtel de Ville (city hall) melds Flemish and Renaissance styles, as does its 78m-high, Unesco-listed beffroi (belfry) topped by gilded statues that glint in the sun. A lift zips you to t…
Beach in Calais

Plage de Calais

Children can splash in the shallow, clear waters of Calais' cabin-lined city beach (patrolled by lifeguards in summer), while its fine sand is ideal for sunbathing. From the beach, you can watch huge car ferries as …
Museum in Calais

Musée Mémoire 1939–1945

Housed in a massive concrete bunker built as a German naval headquarters, this WWII museum displays thousands of period artefacts, including weapons, uniforms and proclamations across 22 themed rooms. It's situated …