France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Beaches in Calais, France
Calais is not known as a beach resort—but it should be. It offers wide, golden sand beaches.




If the beach is your interest, you'll find a lovely wide beach covered in golden sand in Calais.

Be aware that the North Atlantic can be rough and cold, depending on the time of year you're there. When we visited it was quite cool, not tempting beach weather. But I'm sure later in the summer the beach was full of sun bathers and swimmers.

Small cabanas and multiple stands selling frites (French fries or chips) abound on the beach. In fact, frites seem to be by far the most popular beach food in Calais.

From the beaches you can see the ferries going in and out of the port of Calais. In some areas you're also near historic forts that protected the port.

Friterie, Calais, France
At the beach all nations must have pommes frites!

And of course Calais, as the closest point to Britain and with its wide beaches, was expected to be the site of the D-Day landings. As we all know, the Allies instead invaded the farther and more challenging beaches, farther south. More...

About Calais

What to See & Do in Calais

Calais Hotels

Calais Restaurants

Calais Tourist Information

Calais Transport

About Normandy

D-Day Landings

Normandy Food & Drink


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Beach, Calais, France

Above, Only the seagulls were enjoying
the Calais beach on a cool day.


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