More About Pas de Calais

With the south coast of Britain visible on the horizon, and a climate to match the south of the UK, Pas de Calais is like a home from home for some UK residents. The close proximity to Dover attracts people looking for a short break, often with a healthy dose of retail therapy in Pas de Calais and accommodation here is perfectly positioned for visitors who want to shop till they drop. The nearby city of Lille offers a wide range of cultural activities from museums, monuments and art galleries to concerts, theatre and clubbing. For a rural retreat, set away from the coast, choose one of the many gites and cottages in Pas de Calais. Pas de Calais gites are generally owned locally, so expect a warm welcome, and plenty of advice on hand should you need any during your stay.

Pas de Calais Cottages and Gites
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The region of North Pas de Calais can be strangely familiar to the British, whilst at the same time offering a culture and way of life that is nothing like back home. The port of Calais is a mere 21 miles away from Dover, so it’s no surprise that the climate is very similar to the South East of England – and you’re sure to bump into one or two of your countrymen on your trip! A distinctly French café lifestyle can be enjoyed across the region, with mouth-watering dishes such as Coq de biere (chicken slow cooked in beer) and Carbonne Flamande (also cooked in beer!). Stunning natural parks and long, sandy beaches mean there is also plenty to do, from pony trekking to cycling – to simply soaking up the French sun!

Things to Do in Pas de Calais

When you arrive in the port of Calais, why not consider staying for a while rather than zipping through en-route from the ferry. The town itself offers a great deal to do whether you’re staying for a couple of weeks or just a couple of days. Superb beaches and plenty of shopping, together with a good dose of history make this a superb family-friendly town. The historic city of Lille – the regional capital – offers a bigger city feel, with a whole host of activities including museums, a zoo and a multitude of historic buildings. Visit Boulogne with its UNESCO-listed Belfry and multi-national take on food (which other French town serves Welsh rarebit?). Dunkirk and Cambrai deliver fascinating military history, while Saint Omer’s 14th Century cathedral is well worth a look. Outside the towns, three natural parks ensure you get to relax in green, forested landscapes that offer lots to do.

Pas de Calais Attractions

We want you to enjoy the best that North Pas de Calais has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;

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La Coupole

From medieval wars with the English, to the final demise of Napoleon Bonaparte and heavy fighting in two world wars, the North Pas de Calais region is no stranger to war. One of the most fascinating museums on World War Two is that of La Coupole, the site where Hitler stored, prepared and launched his V2 rockets – the ones that aimed to sweep Old London Town from the map. As well as absorbing facts about the V2, the Centre also expands on the German occupation of France of 1940-45. You’re meant to be able to see it all in 2 and half hours – but we think you’ll be there much longer!

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Lille Zoo

The notion of this zoo being one of the best around is not at all influenced by the fact that it is free – honest! But such is the scale and quality of the enclosures – not to mention the variety of animals – you’ll be constantly amazed that it didn’t cost a single cent.

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Beaches of North Pas de Calais

The outdoors is one of the biggest draws of North Pas de Calais, both inland and by the sea. The beaches along this coast have not missed the attention of many thousands of tourists either – but fear not, such is the scale of these beaches, there is always plenty of room to run, play frisbie, cricket – and build sand castles as large as you want!

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