Calais is a city and major ferry port in northern France. Even though Calais is known mainly for being a port, and visitors come here to catch a fairy, visitors will find many things to do in Calais.
The hectic port town of Calais is filled with great dining and drinking spots, many with menus that draw upon the bounty of the sea and land.
If you love art, food, historical sites, relaxing on a beach, or wandering around parks, all of these are available when traveling Calais.
France, Northern France
Half to Full day
Accessibility Level – High
France (formal), English spoken by most of the population
Teens, Adults, Seniors
The Lace Museum
Calais became famous for its lace-making. Clients of Calais lace include Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lacroix, and Calvin Klein. The majority of the lace produce is exported to countries worldwide to be used in the production of wedding dresses and lingerie.
The museum is located in a 19th Century lace factory. The building was renovated, and it is a fascinating piece of architecture. The first thing you notice is the enormous and striking metal panels of dotted metal on the exterior. The panels mirror the cards used in lace production on an industrial loom to hint at what you might see inside.
It is a great experience, not only if you’re into fashion and art.
The exhibitions bring insights into an industry that the town has specialized in since the 19th century and tell the story of fashion and lingerie more generally.
The lighthouse is an exciting structure from an architectonic point of view, and on top of that, it offers one of the best views in town.
Start your visit at the free museum at the bottom, then climb 271 steps to the top to find great port and city views.
The lighthouse, built in 1848, managed to escape any damage in the two world wars and still stands as an impressive structure.
Calais has very nice sandy beaches and you’ll miss out if you won’t stop to enjoy them before going on the fairy.
These 5 kilometers (3 miles) are popular with tourists and families living in the area. You will find many restaurants near this popular sandy beach lined with beach huts.
If you want to rest after a long day in the city, the best way is to enjoy the beautiful sunset from the cliffs of Beach Cap Blanc-Nez.