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Weather & Tides
Thursday - Light Cloud
Minimum: 12C, Wind Direction: West South Westerly
Wind: Good 10mph, Pressure: 1033mb
Friday - Light Cloud
Maximum: 14C, Minimum: 12C
Wind: 12mph Westerly, Visibility: Good, Sunrise: 08:39 CEST, Sunset: 18:33 CEST
Saturday - Light Cloud
Maximum: 15C, Minimum: 8C
Wind: 5mph East South Easterly, Visibility: Good, Sunrise: 08:40 CEST, Sunset: 18:31 CEST

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Completely destroyed during WW2 Calais is too often regarded as simply the place you catch the ferry to Dover, England. But surprising as it may seem, tourism is actually the second biggest industry in the area. For the past two decades or so, Nord-Pas-de-Calais has worked to encouraged visitors to explore its many and varied sites of historic, cultural and natural interest and beauty.

Of course Calais is also an ideal jumping off point for discovering this truly magnificent and historic coastline, which has made it extremely popular amongst members of the pleasure boat and yachting fraternity. As you would expect from an area so rich in nautical heritage, the marina is excellent. Situated only a few minutes from the town centre it has 280 berths and an excellent range of marine services.

The town centre has a reputation for being home to some of the finest French restaurants in the region and there are plenty of friendly cafes and bars in which to whet your whistle. The surrounding area was Victor Hugo’s favourite landscape and is a virtual treasure trove of wonderful valleys, forests, picturesque mining villages, and awe inspiring military landmarks. Outdoor pursuits enthusiasts regard Nord-Pas-de-Calais a virtual paradise with its plethora of well serviced activities to choose from including biking, hiking, swimming, boating and climbing. There are also countless markets, carnivals, music events and festivals throughout the year.

At first glance Calais may not appear to be the best of holiday destinations but look closely and before you know it you will be spoilt for choice and more than likely planning your next visit.
Comments (2)
06/10/2015 @ 8:39 am
Stuart Tyler
Hi Could you please advise of the address in Calais where we can have our 33 tonne barge lifted from lorry to Canal please.We are unable to find this information on this site. Thank you. Stuart Tyler tel
01/03/2012 @ 4:58 pm
Scot Thompson
Does the Calais Marina have a facility to lift a boat off a lorry.
The boat weighs 15 tonnes and can the boat be lifted into the French canal system.
Thank You
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Business Reviews (1)
06/04/2015 @ 8:43 am
Calais Marina by Mojave
Visited on Sat 05.04.15, as enter harbour stick to right side to keep out ferries way, big sign on wall directing yachts to right as enter harbour. Observe traffic signals. Calais Port controll are vhf ch 17. Mooring buoys outside the lock gate to wait, as the swing bridge prevents entry until traffic stops and bridge opens for only a few minutes to allow boat access to marina. Sound horn 4 times if you are only boat waiting alerts them you are waiting. First opening is high tide minus -2 hrs, then -1, then at high tide. Then +1, then +2hrs, last opening +3 hrs after high tide. Check on internet at for exact times. Toilets/showers very nice, and clean, and warm inside from great radiators (it was April brrrr!). For an 8 metre boat was around 22 euros, for one night. Yacht club for a drink no food in april, but town is but a short walk with lots of restaurants/patisseries. Pool table in the club, the local French patrons challenged us to games of pool for drinks. Enjoyable evening. Best moorings are outside yacht club. You cant leave the marina until bridge opens again, and the lock gate is open.