Live in England and looking to cheap break? Few holidays are cheaper than catching a ferry across to France. A trip across the Channel generally guarantees you better food, weather and wine! Here are five places in France you can catch that ferry to:
The capital of Lower Normandy in Northern France has a population of 115,000 and is a college city. This means it’s very active and in summer there are plenty of tourists from England and Germany, often gathering for Second World War memorials.
Caen is a modern city, only rebuilt as late as the 1950s and 1960s. A couple of old buildings do stand tall, mainly churches.
Tourist attractions include the Memorial for Peace, the Men’s & Women’s Abbeys, the Fine Arts Museum, Caen Castle and Pegasus Bridge.
A port city in the mouth of the River Seine on the English Channel in Upper Normandy, Le Havre is the harbour for Paris with good transfers there. The direct translation of the city is “the harbour”.
Le Havre is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There’s a local bus service that regularly runs around town, whilst the centre itself is easily covered on foot. The ferry port is closeby to the train station and both are only a short walk out from the centre.
Tourist attractions include St Joseph’s Church, the Town Hall, the Maison de l’Armateur and the Cathedrale Notre Dame.
This city has a long and interesting history, of part its involvement in the Second World War. Today it is an important ferry and fishing port, and a pleasant seaside resort which includes the nearest beach to Paris.
Dieppe is lively all year round, with most of its tourist destinations being within walking distance of each other.
Tourist attractions the Marine Museum and the Château-Musée de Dieppe. The Saturday morning market is also a must-see; one of the largest and one of the most popular markets in Normandy.
A town in the Nord-Pas de Calais region, Dunkirk takes it name from West Flemish “dun” (Dune) and “Kerke” (Church).
Located in the northernmost tip of France, Dunkirk is very close to the Belgian border and offers a variety of attractions for tourists, including architecture, beaches, historical sites, museums and its Carnival.
There are 15kms of beaches and is recognised as a sailing resort as well as entertainment being provided all year round.
Additional tourist attractions include the Saint Eloi church, the Tour de Leughenaer and Dunkirk Town Hall.
A city in the Nord-Pas de Calais region, Calais is the closest point between France and England and one of the cheapest holidays for British tourists.
More than 10 million people visit the city every year, often day-trippers coming across via ferry.
A number of tourist attractions in Calais include:Rodin’s Artwork outside the Town Hall, the two parcs, the Light Tower, the Modern Art museum the War Museum and the Église Notre-Dame de Calais.