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Calais is a French coastal town with a charm all of its own and lots of interesting sights. It's known for its ferry port, where you can catch a boat to Dover, England, but this port has a very rich history. Calais is thus popular with families looking for a fun and educational visit as well as couples of all ages. Whatever you go for, trust Venere to provide a definitive selection of places to stay in what was once known as "the brightest jewel in the English crown" when it belonged to England. Our hotel pages include maps of attractions near each hotel, photos giving a peek inside a typical room, and useful reviews written by travelers like yourself. So with the accommodation sorted, you can get on with checking out the culture of this attractive town.
What's Calais Like?
Historical monuments in Calais display its varied history. Perhaps the most famous is The Six Burghers, a bronze Rodin sculpture from 1895 which depicts six men who offered to allow themselves to be hanged by Edward III in order for Calais to gain freedom from English rule. Only the Queen's pardon spared them. The Calais Lighthouse is 170ft tall and from here you can get a view over the town, the Channel, Calais hotels and, on a clear day, the White Cliffs of Dover. Eglise Notre Dame de Calais is the distinctive cathedral with a mix of Gothic and Flemish styles, and was the venue of Charles de Gualle's marriage. Reminders of Calais' military past live on in the Citadel, constructed by Philippe le Hurperel, Lord of Boulogne to protect the city from attacks, and in Fort Nieulay, built around the Nieulay Bridge. This fort was designed to flood the land in front of the town if any invaders approached along the sole road which ran by the River Hames.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Calais
The French are very formal and polite, particularly in the northern regions such as Calais. When meeting a stranger, a handshake is considered the norm, not kissing on the cheeks, which is reserved for close friends and family. Learn the French for "please", "thank you" and "good day", as these will help a lot. Dressing well is a must when dining at a restaurant, and while you don't need to leave a tip as it's included in the bill, it is customary to leave loose change rounded up to the nearest euro. With these tips in mind, check out our Calais hotels today.
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