Calais is a well-known town and ferry port on the north coast of France. Calais is situated on the Straits of Dover at the narrowest point in the English Channel, and this prime location has meant it has long been used as a departure and arrival point for people crossing the English Channel. Control of Calais has flipped back and forth between England and France, and the port has been constantly busy shipping tin, wool, lace and lead all over the world. It has witnessed some of the most significant events in European history as well, from being a staging point for Napoleon's troops, to being a major German defensive point during World War II. All through this though, it has managed to hang on to its charm and welcoming nature. Today it is a popular shopping destination of Britons and the point of entry for the Eurostar trains.
On a clear day, you may be able to see the southern coast of England from your Calais hotel room, so remember to ask for a sea view. The Calais hotel season is all year round with the constant flow of visitors from Britain, who come to make the most of the well-priced French cuisine and wine abundant here. Thanks to its location, Calais has been the main ferry crossing between England and France for centuries, and as a consequence, hotel staff are well experienced in attending to the needs of short stay visitors. Most people come here just for the shopping and the food, but you can also spend a little time exploring the town. Just outside the town hall you can find some amazing examples of Rodin's art. The Modern Art Museum is often overlooked, but it always has some beautiful sculptures on display that are worth seeing. If you are looking for some quiet time, then the beach is a great place to just stretch your legs and watch the ferries and shops moving about on the Channel.
Anybody in the importing or exporting business is well advised to take at least a visit, if not an extended stay in Calais. Hotels in the area are often filled with those involved with trade between Britain and the European mainland, which is of course the dominant force in the area's economy. However, local firms include lace making and the manufacture of chemicals and paper. The French end of the Channel Tunnel, the longest undersea rail tunnel in the world and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World is in nearby Coquelles. This made cross-Channel tourism much faster than ever before, much to the delight of hotels in Calais and the surrounding areas. You can also catch the ferry over from Dover. If you are on the European mainland, you will find that driving your car to Calais is simple. The city lies on the A26/E15 freeway connecting direct to Paris.