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.