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a VirtualTourist member from United Kingdom asked on Feb 21, 2016


Is Calais a safe place to visit

I am planning to visit Calais for a day trip in the next few weeks. I plan to travel by car through the eurotunnel and would simply like to spend 4 hours during the daytime and visit and explore Calais, in particular the old town the Place D'Armes, Lighthouse, Musee Beaux Arts, the Town Hall & Belfry. Ending with a visit to Cite Europe.

Keeping in mind the immigration situation in the news, is Calais indeed a safe place for a tourist for a day trip?

4 Answers

answered on 2/21/16 by
a VT member from Ieper

Calais is not that big, the refugee camp is about five kilometers from the center of Calais. Something can't avoid.

You will meet some of this refugees in the center or in the old town of Calais, but they don't harm people

I just visited Calais yesterday, and it was okay no dangerous feeling although we see refugees here and there

answered on 2/22/16 by
a VT member from Royal Leamington Spa

I spent a few hours in Calais late last year and was pleasantly surprised how nice the town is, apart from the park area any refugees that I saw were in no more than two together (they appeared to be distinguishable by the smell of smoke, understandably). I would go ahead and treat the town just like you would any other and enjoy.

answered on 2/22/16 by
a VT member from Île de Montréal

Calais is a safe and interesting place. If you arrive from england from the tunel, i would suggest to spend some time in Boulogne-sur-mer a city with a lot of historical places.

answered on 2/23/16 by
a VT member from Ieper

Not all refugees. There are two separated camps in Calais, one camp for legal refugees and the other one is for refugees without documents( illegal)

They're going to closed this camp for ( illegaI refugees) I live closeby Calais and of course we're upto date with infiormation

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