A Perfect Daytrip in Calais

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les bourgeois de Calais statue by Rodin

A Perfect Day in Calais: Unveiling the Best Activities for a Memorable Day Trip

Calais, a hidden gem on the French coast, invites you to embark on a day of wonders, especially if you're journeying from Dover. Calais Vins has a delightful surprise for you: a ferry ride from Dover to Calais with any pre-order over €300 online. Now, let's craft the perfect day for you in this enchanting city! This curated guide is inspired by the top attractions in Calais, ensuring that your day trip from Dover to Calais is nothing short of extraordinary.

Morning Adventures

Start your day with a literal ascent to history:

Climb the UNESCO World Heritage Belfry:

Feel the heartbeat of Calais as you climb this historic tower, offering panoramic views that stretch across the charming cityscape.

Ascend the Calais Lighthouse:

Step back in time at the Calais Lighthouse, a testament to maritime heritage since 1848. From its pinnacle, embrace the vastness of the sea and the stories it holds.

Scenic Strolls Along the Waterfront:

Wander along the waterfront, where the dance of ferries becomes a poetic sight, framed by the protective embrace of beach cabins. Calais Beach has been given a makeover; come experience the Opal Coast... add a stop at Calais Beach to your road trip. The atmosphere there is fantastic.

The fine sandy beach stretches for several kilometers, a promenade that starts at Perré Risban and continues along the seafront to Blériot-plage, passing through children's play areas. While you can relax on the solarium area overlooking the sea, pedestrians, rollerbladers, skaters, and scooter riders cross paths. Relaxation and a mix of styles blend seamlessly in this beautiful beachside walk.Le Skatepark de Calais aux dimensions olympiques mérite de s'y arrêter et d'admirer le spectacle... avec la mer en fond d'écran

Ride a Mechanical Dragon:

There are some adventures like not others and riding a dragon in Calais is a moment of family fun adventures. A 45 minutes ride on this gigantic animal “toy” 12-meter high and 25 metres long, domptez cet mechanical marvel. Let your imagination soar as you embark on this fantastical journey.

Lunchtime Indulgences

Satisfy your culinary cravings at Calais' hidden gems:

Explore the bustling streets of Rue Royale, Boulevard Jacquard, and Boulevard Lafayette for exquisite French specialties, cheese, chocolate, and crockery. Enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the charming cafes surrounding Place D’Armes, where the medieval Watch Tower adds a touch of history to your meal.

A wonderful dining spot for families,

Le Channel in Calais is nestled within a charming former warehouse where various spectacles and events unfold. If you're seeking a gastronomic journey infused with history, indulge in our delightful selection of wines for which you can save the VAT . And which wines might those be? None other than the exquisite Calais Vin's, of course.

Charming Café Retreats:

As the day unfolds, find solace in the city's quaint cafes. Here, amidst the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, take a moment to soak in the unique atmosphere that is distinctly Calais.

Afternoon Exploration

Dive deeper into Calais' rich tapestry of culture and art:

Admire Auguste Rodin's Masterpiece:

Encounter the emotion etched in stone at the statue 'Les Bourgeois de Calais,' a masterpiece by Auguste Rodin. It stands tall, echoing the city's resilience and spirit.

Explore the Fish Market:

Immerse yourself in the lively ambiance of the old fishermen's quarter. Explore the bustling fish market, where the catch of the day narrates tales of the sea's bounty.

Discover Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode:

Venture into the world of lace at the Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode. Witness the intricate artistry of Leavers lace, an age-old tradition brought to life through contemporary exhibits and engaging narratives.

Shopping in Calais 

Calais Vins and Olivier Vins: Savoring the Finest Wines

No shopping excursion in Calais is complete without a visit to Calais Vins, a haven for wine enthusiasts. Located in the heart of the city, Calais Vins offers an extensive selection of exquisite wines, ranging from rich Bordeaux blends to delicate Champagne. Take your time to explore their well-stocked shelves, where knowledgeable staff can assist you in finding the perfect bottle for any occasion. Whether you're a seasoned oenophile or a curious beginner, Calais Vins provides an opportunity to indulge in the authentic flavors of the region.

Claiming VAT Back: Making Your Shopping Experience Even Sweeter

For international travelers, Calais offers the added advantage of claiming Value-Added Tax (VAT) back on eligible purchases.

A Bit of California in Calais

Have you heard of this brand, Calaisfornia? It's a line of casual clothing for the whole family with a skate and surfer vibe. Come and discover the collection by the waterfront. Visit https://www.calaisfornia.fr for more information.

Beyond Calais: 30 Minutes Away

Expand your horizons with nearby wonders:

Les Deux-Caps:

Venture to Les Deux-Caps, a land where the sky kisses the sea. Here, picturesque villages and stunning vistas of England await, creating a tableau of natural beauty.

Museum of the Atlantic Wall:

Step back into the annals of history at the Museum of the Atlantic Wall. Housed within a German bunker, it stands as a testament to the resilience of humanity amidst conflict, offering a sobering yet essential experience.

Family-Friendly Fun - Create cherished memories with your loved ones:

Nausicaa, National Sea Centre:

Dive into an immersive aquatic world at Nausicaa, Europe's largest aquarium. Journey through diverse marine ecosystems, sparking curiosity and awe in both young and old.

Cap gris nez facing England

Beyond Calais: Coastal Delights


Explore the historic commune of Audresselles with its two beaches and traditional flobarts. Indulge in delicious fresh seafood at local restaurants and enjoy activities like mussel hunting and beachside painting.


Experience the vast beach of Wissant, perfect for windsurfing, kite flying, and family fun. Enjoy the scenic promenade and savor local cuisine at restaurants like Le Colombier, surrounded by picturesque countryside.


Discover the historical spots in Ambleteuse, including the 17th-century Fort Mahon and the World War II Museum. Delight in locally sourced seafood at A L'Opale des Caps restaurant, offering a taste of the region's culinary delights.


Visit the charming seaside town of Wimereux, known for its stunning beach, Victorian buildings, and excellent culinary scene. Engage in activities like horse riding, windsurfing, and sand yachting, and relish delicious meals at restaurants like Au Comptoir.

Calais, with its blend of history, art, culinary delights, and family-friendly attractions, promises a day filled with enchantment. As you plan your visit, don't forget to take advantage of Calais Vins' exclusive offer: a ferry ride from Dover to Calais with any pre-order over €300. Seize the day, embrace the wonders, and let Calais weave its magic around you!

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