In the department of Pas-de-Calais, one of the northernmost places in France, you'll find different types of visits to do if you plan on going there. Depending on your needs and requirements, HomeCamper has you covered with various hosts in the area that are going to be able to make you enjoy your stay like never before. Lovers of vanlife, roadtrips, and outdoor camping will be delighted!
First things first, the castle of Créminil was built during the 15th century, special with its carved chalk walls, its medieval garden has been restored to as it was in the past. Its levered bridge will also blow you away. As for Olhain Castle, it is revealed to its visitors with its 101-step keep, its cellars and its farmyard.
A magical visit is also to be made to the Abbey of Saint-Bertin. They're the ruins of a 14th century church, once 25 metres high and with a 48 metre tower. The remains of this abbey give the site a rather nostalgic atmosphere, that will strike you once you enter the spot.
Notre Dame Saint-Omer Cathedral is also a very beautiful medieval church, in Gothic style, to visit, particularly for its 50-metre tower. It is located 40 kilometers away from Calais.
Speaking of, the city of Calais is one of the most important cities on the Opal coast. Essentially known for its lace, the city of Calais is also a city of fashion. Calais City Hall is worth a look, as is its lighthouse (located in the Courgain district), which offers a very beautiful view. The Vauban citadel, now transformed into a stadium, as well as the Notre Dame church or the old watchtower are to be seen in Calais.
Arras, the capital of the Pas de Calais, offers an unusual visit to do, 12 metres underground: the visit of the boves (chalk quarries). The Arras belfry has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the archaeological site of Nemetacum, 2 millennia old, is to be discovered.
The city of Boulogne sur Mer is known for its cathedral Notre Dame de l'Immaculée Conception, a historical monument that has one of the longest crypts in France with its 128 meters. Boulogne-sur-Mer also contains other treasures, such as its 13th century ramparts, its castle-museum and its collections or Nausicaa, the National Sea Centre.
In terms of nature, Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez are essential natural sites in the department that offer breathtaking landscapes, including the English coasts!
The Sericourt gardens are renowned for being among the most beautiful in France, with the Perennials Garden, the Warrior Garden and the Geometric Garden.
The Falaise Park offers 20 hectares of nature, with ponds where many animals such as swans and ducks have found refuge.
Being close to the English Channel means that the winter months can become pretty cold and windy, so we can only advise you to plan your trip around the months of May until the month of september if you can be skittish when low temperatures hit.
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences!