This coastal settlement has much to offer and, while you probably won't want to spend your entire vacation here, it's a shame to pass through without seeing at least a little of it. Simply driving or taking a stroll through the centre of the town reveals one of its most interesting and attractive buildings. The Flemish-style town hall and it's impressive belfry is well worth a look. Meanwhile, in front of the construction sits Auguste Rodin's famous life-size bronze sculpture Les Bourgeois de Calais, which was completed in 1889.
If you fancy relaxing and getting your feet wet, you can check out Calais Beach, which is a ribbon of sand that's ideal for sun bathing or enjoying an al fresco snack. This might be the perfect way to celebrate your arrival in France after disembarking your Calais ferry.
Other attractions in the town include the Fine Arts Museum and the Calais Lighthouse, which offers stunning views over the town and the Channel.
Once you've taken in these sights and sounds, and anything else you fancy, you can head off to explore other parts of the country. Meanwhile, as long as you're savvy and ensure you benefit from cheap ferry tickets, you should find you've plenty of spending money to help you enjoy your travels.