I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published December 13th 2012
Dover to Calais in a day
The White Cliffs of Dover are one of the most iconic and picturesque sights of the British Isles. A great way to see these chalk cliffs at the edge of England is by ferry crossing to Calais. Dover is a mere 1.5 hours from London, while the ferry to Calais is just a quick 90 minute jaunt over the English Channel.
White Cliffs and stormy water. Photo by Erin Connelly.
Vera Lynn once sang 'There'll be Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover', but on the ferry crossing it is more like seagulls over the White Cliffs of Dover. The birds fly alongside the boat in a great cloud and then give up chasing the ferry about half-way across the Channel.
The bright cliffs juxtaposed with the stormy English Channel are stunning in any weather. I travelled in the middle of winter during a freezing rainstorm and still found the scenery impressive and enjoyable. Dover Castle perched high on the cliff edge is just visible from the ferry.
There is nearly an endless list of activities to do once you arrive in Calais depending on the time of year and length of your stay. If you're just staying for the weekend, fine French dining will have to figure into your plan. There are several traditional restaurants, but this port town is known for its seafood. The following three restaurants are excellent choices for a day out in Calais.
Au Côte d'Argent is located right by the port overlooking the seaside. The restaurant offers French cuisine and the best of local seafood, but is more on the expensive side.