This department in the north of France derives its name from what the British call the Straits of Dover, which the area borders. Different races have settled here since prehistoric times, including Germanic Franks and later Saxons, and it was one of the first of the new departments created by the Revolutionary administration in 1790. One of France’s least-appreciated regions, you’ll find a great choice of historic holiday cottages in Pas-de-Calais that add greatly to the interest and atmosphere of a visit here.
Use the feature list to choose from a fine selection of historic cottages in Pas-de-Calais. Often retaining many of their original features, these comfortable and well-provisioned buildings have all the latest conveniences and make a perfect base for further exploration of this unique region. The road network is excellent if you’re driving yourself, and public transport options are superb too, so you’ll have no trouble in getting around conveniently and comfortably.
With its historic towns and lovely beaches, Pas-de-Calais offers everything you need for a great holiday, with plenty of outdoor activities on offer but also a rich and diverse cultural heritage. The countryside is deeply rural, and there are a number of old battlefield sites because some of the fiercest fighting during World War Two took place here. Calais and Boulogne are two of the principal towns in the region, although visitors looking for historic attractions may find Boulogne to be much the preferred option. One of its attractions is the numerous and excellent seafood restaurants in the port area, and there’s a quaint Old Town complete with cobbled streets, and a medieval castle with a moat. With a selection of historic holiday cottages in Normandy conveniently close by, you can take a tour of the ramparts while you’re here, and the town has excellent shopping opportunities.
By way of contrast, Montreuil further inland is something of a tranquil backwater and thoroughly charming in every way. The British Army in France used Montreuil as their HQ during the war, and the town is almost completely contained inside well-preserved sixteenth century walls.
The towns of Arras and Le Touquet are also well worth a visit while you’re staying at one of the many historic holiday cottages in Normandy. Le Touquet has a famously wide beach and is popular with water sports enthusiasts, whilst Arras is grand and gentile, dominated by its vast Grand Palace and Flemish baroque buildings.
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