Calais region. Calais

The  coastline and the towns around Calais are on the doorstep of breathtaking scenery  with mile upon mile of empty beaches.

Wissant has a huge beach, ideal for wind and water sports. Audreselles is famous for its unusual fishing boats which, when not in use, are parked, car fashion, outside their owners houses. Another fishing village, Ambleteuse has a fort built by the famous French military engineer Vauban.

For cycling, you can take the train with your bicycle.

Boulogne is Just 20 minutes down the A16 from Calais. It has shopping with hypermarkets and restaurants and it is much quieter.
Boulogne is the number one fishing port in France.



Le Touquet has a beach nautical centre, and a seafront from the 16th century.
At the end of the nineteenth century business man John Whitley decided to make it a resort for the English.



Berck sur mer family beach backs onto the bay of Authie. with a vast beach of fine white sand,
It is more commercialised than Le Touquet.


St Omer Cathedral is considered to be one of  the most beautiful medieval churches in the region.

The heart of the city, la place Foch, occupies a vast rectangle where the market of Saint-Omer has been held, since the Middle Ages.
The Auchan in St Omer is an alternative to the one in Calais.
Two hours from London, is the old part of Lille.
Shopping at Lille Europe is five minutes walk from the railway station.
In 1520 the two Kings, François 1 of France and Henry 8 of England, met at Guines, near the Field of the Cloth of Gold, amid scenes of great splendour, to settle their differences.

Licques, is famous for its production of fine poultry, originated by monks of the Premonstratensian order in the 17th century. Each year, in December, a procession of turkeys passes through the village accompanied by notables dressed in 17th century costume.
Hardinghen, a former mining area, has become a quiet part of the countryside, appreciated by holiday makers and hikers.

Although only 8 miles from Calais and less than 30 miles from Dover, the area around Ardres provides British visitors with a nostalgic memory of their own countryside.
A network of scarcely used narrow winding roads threads through forests and over hills to link villages and hamlets

  Arras, ancient capital of Artois, is currently the capital of the Pas-de-Calais region.
The history of Arras dates back to the pre-Roman era, when it was known by the gaul name of Nemetocenna