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Around the year 1227, the Lord Philippe Hurepel, Count of Boulogne, erected a castle. This structure, appearing on engravings, included six cylindrical towers and a dungeon, designed to protect against the threats of Flemish and English invasions. Equipped with wide and deep moats, this castle later came under the ownership of King St Louis and the Counts of Artois.
Surrender and English Rule
During the Hundred Years War, Edward III of England began the siege of the city. After eight months of enduring a starving population, the governor decided to surrender the keys of the city to King Edward III. As a sign of capitulation, the king demanded six notable citizens surrender barefooted, dressed in sheets with a rope around their necks. Originally destined for the gallows, these men were pardoned by the king, at the request of his French wife who was moved by the sacrifice of these men. The statue of the six bourgeois by Auguste Rodin symbolizes this founding sacrifice in the history of the city. Calais remained under English rule for another 210 years before being liberated by Duke François de Guise.
Return to French Sovereignty
Under the reign of Henry IV, the city became French again in 1598. The castle was dismantled around 1560 and Louis XIV subsequently strengthened the city, constructing a fort-lock and a citadel.
Prosperity and War
The period of restoration (1814-1830) promised a prosperous era for the city in terms of trade. Numerous factories came into operation, changing the daily life of Calais. Prosperity peaked between 1880 and 1914, before World War I established the city as an international military base. Calais paid a heavy price during the Second World War, not just in terms of casualties, but in the complete destruction of the city's heritage.
Modern Day Calais
Today, the city remains connected to England by the presence of the Channel Tunnel. Calais is home to the International City of Lace and Fashion, offering an immersive experience into the historic past of the local lacemaking industry. This city offers a window into the world of elegance and is a significant location for understanding the historic fabric of France.
Tourism in Calais
Calais: A Quality Tourist Destination
Calais' historical heritage makes it a high-quality tourist stop. The Calais Côte d'Opale Tourist Office encourages its visitors to discover these historical treasures and its local gastronomy. A short distance from Belgium and England, between sea and countryside, Calais is a popular tourist destination.
The Six Bourgeois of Auguste Rodin: An unmissable monument of the city, the statue of the 6 Bourgeois of Rodin was cast in bronze. The monument represents a historical event in Calais, when the city fell under English domination.
The Belfry, UNESCO World Heritage Site: Offering panoramic views of the city with an elevator, this square red brick tower of Kortrijk and white stones stands 75 meters high. The Belfry represents the reflection of the evolution of architecture.
The Notre Dame Church: Listed as a historic monument since 1913, this church mimics the perpendicular English architectural style. It hosted the wedding of Charles de Gaulle and Yvonne Vendroux in 1920.
Strolls in Calais
The Beautiful Country Gardens: A private garden offering many botanical species, this garden is appreciated by enthusiasts and, since November 2015, holds the Remarkable Garden label.
The Tudor Garden: Landscaped gardens on the edge of Notre Dame de Calais church. Barely 200 meters apart from each other, the public gardens of Parc Saint Pierre and Richelieu provide a break in the city center and each have a children's area.
What to Discover in Calais
The Plain of Fort Nieulay: Grassy areas showcase the fortress's defensive system, this plain is particularly appreciated by joggers.
Terres Saint Roch: A water body of about 25,000 m2 located in a former gravel pit, it is the meeting place of local fishermen. This body of water is home to a particularly diverse wildlife.
The Tom Souville Base of Blériot-Plage: A meeting point for enthusiasts of slides and water sports. Free access, a path is drawn around for walkers or joggers.
Calais Tourist Hotels
Hotel Mouton Blanc
Established in 1968, the Hotel Mouton Blanc is recommended by the Backpacker for its hotel facilities, as well as its restaurant. It offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The rates for a double room vary from €37 to €44.
Campanile Hotel Calais
This straightforward hotel offers modern conveniences like flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Some rooms even offer terraces. The hotel also features a dining area for guests' convenience.
B&B Hotel Calais Center St Pierre
This hotel offers standard rooms equipped with flat-screen TVs. Both Wi-Fi and parking are complimentary for guests.
Located one kilometer from the center of Calais and just a few minutes from the beach, Eurotunnel, or Cité Europe, this hotel is open 24 hours a day. Breakfast and a buffet restaurant are available, and room rates range from €78 to €86 per night.
Holiday Inn Calais Coquelles
The charm and modernity of the 113 new rooms, coupled with the 4-hectare park of Holiday Inn Coquelles, promise to make your stay unforgettable. Whether you're on a business trip or a family vacation, you'll find something to enjoy here, all within 5 minutes of the Channel Tunnel. The hotel features a heated indoor pool and fitness center, open from 07:00 to 22:00 for those seeking a workout or a relaxing moment. The on-site restaurant, Cap Resto, offers traditional dishes where you can sample local specialty beers.
Stay at the Hotel Restaurant de la Plage (Calais)
Whether for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a business trip, or a leisurely stay, consider booking at the Hotel Restaurant de la Plage! You'll be welcomed into a friendly and charming setting that effortlessly combines quality and comfort. Choosing the Hotel Restaurant de la Plage ensures a successful stay.
Quality service is guaranteed! A range of services will be at your disposal, meaning you won't have to worry about a thing: room service, newspaper delivery, express check-in and check-out, fax/photocopying, buffet breakfast, and a catering service that'll delight your taste buds with delicious dishes. All you have to do is enjoy your stay. With the Hotel Restaurant de la Plage, you're assured a pleasant stay and restful nights, thanks to the comfort of our rooms. The necessary amenities are provided, including air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and more. Dedicated to meeting your needs, the hotel also offers activities for children and the whole family. It is suitable for all guests, including those with reduced mobility. Additionally, you can bring your dogs, cats, or other pets, as the Hotel Restaurant de la Plage welcomes animals.
Ideal for Exploring the City
Situated in Calais near Fort Risban and Fort Nieulay, the hotel promises a unique opportunity to explore the city. Visitors appreciate its exceptional location, perfect for sightseeing. You'll have the chance to visit Calais Town Hall, Les Bourgeois de Calais, the famous Calais beach, the Baraques Military Cemetery, the Compagnie du Dragon, as well as the Notre-Dame Church. The town's best restaurants are also conveniently located near the hotel, including AU CÔTE D'ARGENT, Le Channel, Punjab, Aquar'Aile, Chinatown, and Au Little Saigon.
Discover the City of Lace and Fashion
For lovers of fashion and art journeying through Calais, a visit to the City of Lace and Fashion (Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode) is a must. This experience presents a golden opportunity to delve into the captivating world of fashion.
A Historical Journey
Delve into the history of fashion, particularly lace production, by visiting the City of Lace and Fashion. Beyond the art pieces exhibited throughout the year, you'll find antique mechanical manufacturing machines, with demonstrations available for those who wish to learn more. In a few hours, you won't just gain deeper insights into lace-making but also get a chance to admire rare and beautiful haute couture artifacts.
Year-Round Temporary Exhibitions
The City of Lace and Fashion also hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Whether visiting as a couple, with friends, or family, these events can facilitate a deep immersion into the world of haute couture. Rely on online calendars to plan your visit.
A 90-Minute Exploration
To fully appreciate the place and its expansive collection, you should dedicate about 90 minutes to your visit to the City of Lace and Fashion. It is open daily, except on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to either 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. depending on the season.
How to get from Calais to Paris airports
Reaching Calais from Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport involves a journey that typically lasts approximately 3 hours. The most direct routes are via the A1 or A26 highways. An alternative route via the A16 will add approximately 19 minutes to your journey.