Calais overlooks the strait of Dover. Virtually the entire town was destroyed by heavy bombardments during World War II, so little in Calais pre-dates the war. Calais is an ideal stopover or base to discover the treasures of the Pas de Calais with its direct access via ferry from Dover.
Calais town centre is dominated by its distinctive town hall, built in the Flemish Renaissance style with the magnificent cast of the statue "The Burghers of Calais" by Auguste Rodin.
The German wartime military headquarters, situated near the train station in a small park, is today open to the public as a war museum.
Immediately to the west is the Côte d'Opale, an extremely scenic cliff-lined section of coast that parallels the White Cliffs on the British coast.
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