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Le Grand Bleu

Run by talented avantgardiste chef Matthieu Colin (formerly of Paris institution Ledoyen), royal-blue-painted Le Grand Bleu is known for its cuisine élaborée (creatively transformed versions of traditional dishes) s…
Museum in Calais

Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode

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

Restaurant Aquar'Aile

A 20th-century apartment block framed by lurid green-glass balconies is the unlikely setting for sublime seafood. Occupying the top floor, the dining room has white-clothed tables, and panoramic windows overlooking …
Arts Centre in Calais

Le Channel

Calais' former slaughterhouses were transformed into this vast cultural centre in 2007. Today it hosts performances spanning live music concerts to comedy, theatre, puppetry and circus acts, and is home to two resta…
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 …
Bistro in Calais

Histoire Ancienne

Bistro-style French dishes, such as grilled pig's trotters with Béarnaise sauce, sea bass with beurre blanc (emulsified butter sauce), and port-poached prunes with liquorice ice cream, are served in a classic dining…