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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jul 14, 2014


Trip to Calais

Is this a good place for my boyfriend and I to escape to from UK for a break on a budget?

7 Answers

answered on 7/14/14 by
a VT member

Thank you :)

answered on 7/14/14 by
a VT member from Glasgow

On many trips through Calais en route to and from the UK I never found anything of interest in Calais except the old World War 2 German bunker, approximately opposite the railway station, an eerie atmospheric place filled with Nazi memorabilia, I could not even find a decent pub, so I didn't hang around for long.

If you have already travelled as far as the French Coast why not jump on the high speed train and end up in the more romantic Paris?

Your decision, of course.


answered on 7/14/14 by
a VT member from Ieper

Crossing the border is very easy as it is only a 35 min ride with the Euro tunnel
Calais has all the charm, cuisine and culture that you would expect

Nearby, where you can visit the beautiful piece of Opal Coast, the "Site des Deux-Caps" (two capes). The area is characterized by steep cliffs, dunes, long sandy beaches. Interspersed with picturesque fishing village
Literally highlight is the Cap Blanc Nez, a 134 meter high chalk cliff, where you can see. The white cliffs of Dover in clear weather


answered on 7/15/14 by
a VT member from Albufeira

"Calais has all the charm, cuisine and culture that you would expect"

I hope that was said with a wry smile!

Calais is not exactly the most picturesque place in the world, having been flattened by Allied bombs and shells during World War 2. Somehow the historic 13th century watch tower in the Place d'Armes survived, but most of the rest of the centre is modern concrete and glass.

But as a taste of France it has nothing wrong with it. But a lot of things in France,especially beer in a bar, can seem very expensive.

answered on 7/15/14 by
a VT member from Ieper

Is not that bad in Calais ;-) I would also suggest, she can visit Oostende which is more than an hour drive. But I believe the OP prefer to stay in Calais

answered on 7/15/14 by
a VT member from Glasgow

I've done a lot of travelling throughout France over many years and I've always found most of these small to medium-sized French towns to be really boring with not much to do or see, especially if hanging around waiting for a train connection, which is why I suggested hopping on the train to Paris, where even just by walking out of the Gare du Nord station into the busy street with all its beautiful surrounding French period architecture which survived the WW2 bombing intact, you immediately feel a sense of history and of being somewhere important (well it did for me anyway) and of course all these upmarket Bistros and flash waiters add a sense of elegance to the ambiance. Of course Paris is rather expensive so saving up lots of pocket money is essential!.....Benny.

answered on 7/15/14 by
a VT member from London

It can be a fun place on a day trip for some shopping but I wouldn't want to stay long there myself. It;s a bustling port town The north coast of France has some charming little places.. Le Touquet and Stella Plage just south of Boulogne-sur-Mer are only 45 minutes from Calais and have beautiful sandy beaches. Boulogne itself is looking a bit dilapidated and run down in places these days since they shut down the ferries years ago but Les Ramparts and the old town still retain some charm.

Alternatively Honfleur is not far from Le Havre if you take a ferry from Portsmouth.

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