Pas-de-Calais is a department of northern France, named after the French equivalent of the Strait of Dover which it borders. Many British tourists will be familiar with the region due to the exceptional transport network which connects Pas-de-Calais and the south coast of England, making day trips and weekend breaks to property in Pas-de-Calais easy and cheap. However, there is far more to see from a cottage in Pas-de-Calais than many people realise; Pas-de-Calais is a genuine tourist hot-spot offering magnificent cuisine, charming towns, extensive shopping and a rich maritime history.
Pas-de-Calais is a highly cultural region of France, offering a taste of its unique culture to interested visitors. The intriguing combination of Flemish and French cultures has resulted in the region being a hot spot for food and drink, and the regular markets which are held in almost every town, and the range of fine restaurants make taking a self catering chateaux, apartment or cottage in Pas-de-Calais a genuine treat.
Away from the many charming towns there is even more to enjoy. Taking a holiday rental gite in the Pas-de-Calais countryside means that you can not only enjoy extensive walking, cycling and horse riding through beautiful, open countryside, through quiet woodland and rolling hills, but you can happily visit some of the best beaches in Northern France. Among the finest beaches in the region is the wide, flat, sandy beach of Le Tourquet-Paris-Plage, which is a favourite escape for many Parisians.
Many people will take self catering chateaux or cottage in Pas-de-Calais to visit the battlefields and cemeteries of the World Wars, especially the infamous battleground of the Somme. While many tours of this nature will be highly personalised, the tourist information centres of Pas-de-Calais have a huge amount of information and a number of excellent guided tours available if you would like to find out more from your holiday house in Pas-de-Calais. The sight of England’s most celebrated medieval battle field, Agincourt, also lies 50 miles south of Calais.
Pas-de-Calais is the favourite destination for British golfers on the road. Pas-de-Calais golf accommodation is abundant in the area, and due to the excellent transport networks, you can have a weekend break playing golf in Pas-de-Calais very easily.
Calais is the entry point for millions of visitors to France every year. However, sadly, many people do not take the time to investigate this old, vibrant town as they hurry onwards towards their self catering Pas-de-Calais property or gite in the French countryside. The extensive shopping scene in Calais’ centre is well worth a visit from any holiday house in Pas-de-Calais, especially on a Saturday when the weekly market is held, and there are even more bargains to be found.
Arras is a favourite place to take self catering chateaux in Pas-de-Calais for visiting the Somme battlefields. The town is a stunning example of French and Flemish cultures combining to form the distinct culture of the region.
Due to its close proximity to England, Pas-de-Calais’ climate is very similar to that of the English Westcountry, although average temperatures are generally slightly higher.
There is no shortage of methods of reaching a self catering Pas de Calais holiday rental. Whether you decide to travel by ferry, ride through the Channel Tunnel or take a flight to Beauvais (BVA) from Dublin or Glasgow (provided by Ryanair), you can be settling into your holiday house in Pas-de-Calais within just a few hours of leaving home.