This city, located in the Nord-Pays-de-Calais, is the closet point of France to the United Kingdom, lying just 32 kilometers from Dover. Its location makes it one of the most important destinations in the country as it is one of the main transportation links between the United Kingdom and the European continent.
The city is the perfect place to pick up a hire car, whether you want a short trip in Calais or you are starting an extended trip through France and Europe. booking through HAPPYCAR allows you to choose the perfect car for your vacation needs at a great price. We compare the prices of intentional suppliers on our online comparison portal to find you the best deal on your car hire Calais.
The Town Hall is a magnificent building completed in 1925. It was planned to commemorate the merging of Calais with Saint Pierre in the late 19th century and the building dominates the city’s main square. Attached to the main building is the impressive tower measuring 246 meters high. Within the building you will find many paintings and stunning stained glass windows telling the story of the departing English who once controlled the city.
Rodin’s Six Burghers is located just outside the Town Hall and is an interesting statue sculpted in the 1890's and recounts the story of the end of the end of the Hundred Years War. The statues depict the city’s mayor and five other citizens handing the keys to the city following a nine month siege.
Eglise Notre-Dame de Calais is the Church of Our Lady, a Roman Catholic church built in between the 12th and 14th century in a mix of Flemish and English architectural style, the church was where Charles De’Gaulle married his wife in 1921. The church was heavily damaged during the Second World War and even to this day renovations are ongoing.
The Citadel was built by the Lord of Boulogne, Philippe le Hurperel, and it was designed to protect the city but served as residence for the Lord and the then for the English ruling elite. When the city was again part of France, the French king renovated the Citadel. Use your hire car Calais and take in this fantastic historical site.
Calais Lighthouse stands at a height of 51 meters, should you have the energy, you can climb the 271 steps to the top. The views are definitely worth it, with a view of the city and of the English channel - on a good day you can spot the White Cliffs of Dover.
Tour du Guet is a watchtower dating back to the 13th century and it was built by the Count of Boulogne when he designed the city’s fortifications. It has been damaged throughout its history.
Calais War Museum is located opposite the Town Hall. This museum is housed in a German World War II bunker. Just under 200 meters long, its showcases photographs, models and artefacts from the First and Second
World War and when the city was under the control of the British.
Fine Arts Museum is a small museum showcasing the work of the French sculptor Rodin, telling the story of the famous Six Burghers work. It also has works by other artists such as Pablo Picasso.
Calais is the perfect place to pick your hire car up. You have the opportunity to get on the road and explore Belgium which is just a short drive away, or if you fancy going further why not head up towards the Netherlands, or should you wish to use your hire car Calais to explore more of the region and France, there are many lovely destinations nearby.