Calais is a town and major ferry port in the department of Pas-de-Calais, northern France. Although Calais is by far the biggest city in Pas-de-Calais, department's prefecture is its 3rd-largest city of Arras. In 2010 the population of the metropolitan area was 126,400. Calais overlooks the narrowest point in the English Channel, the Strait of Dover, which is just 34 km (21 miles) wide here, and is the closest to England French town. The White Cliffs of Dover can be seen from Calais on a clear day. Calais is a major port for ferries between England and France, and since 1994, the Channel Tunnel has linked by rail nearby Coquelles to Folkestone.
Since the Middle Ages, due to its position Calais has been a major port and an important centre for trading with England. In 1347 it was annexed by Edward III of England and grew into a centre for wool production. Calais was a territorial possession of England until in 1558 it was captured by France. The town came to be named the "brightest jewel in the English crown" due to its great importance as a gateway for the tin, wool, lead and lace trades (or "staples"). In 1805 it was a staging area for the troops of Napoleon for several months during his invasion of the United Kingdom. The town was razed to the ground during World War II - in May 1940, it was a strategic bombing target of invading German forces who took it during the Siege of Calais. The Germans built massive bunkers along the coast during World War II, in preparation for launching missiles on England.
Calais proper (Calais-Nord), the old part of the town, is situated on an artificial island surrounded by harbours and canals. The modern part, St-Pierre, lies to the south and south-east. In the centre of Calais-Nord is the Place d'Armes, in which stands Tour du Guet, or watch-tower, a structure created in the 13th century, used as a lighthouse until 1848. South east of the Place is situated the church of Notre-Dame, built during the English occupancy of the town.
The Calais cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Calais, France.
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Port Calais cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Calais, France. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
- September, 2017
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13 September, 2017