Welcome to your detailed guide for Calais hostels. We share all the juicy information you need to know to discover safe, fun and memorable hostels! All that's left for you to do is choose your favourite hostel in Calais, France. Compare prices for Calais hostels in one easy click - simple. Add your travel dates and watch as all hostel booking sites, including Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com, highlight their best price and room availability during your stay.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Calais. To help you make friends with Calais before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
If you find yourself in Calais it is very likely you have just crossed the Channel, or are about to do so. If you have legal papers, then you will not have to stay for long in this small city. The attractions are very limited, with the Beffroi (high clock tower, part of the city hall) and a small museum dedicated to the historical trade of the city, lace.
If you visit a Calais hostel in the middle of the summer, the city beach with its typical wooden sheds can be a good place to spend the day. Calais also hosts one of he largest indoor malls in Europe, which is a good place to visit when it's raining. The indoor mall is a really crazy place twice a year (January and July) when the major sales (called ‘soldes’ in French and with dates fixed by the central government) happen.
While staying in a hostel in Calais make sure you try the local specialties such as mussels and fries and some of the other seafood-based dishes. For the hikers, there are some very scenic trails along the coast that start in Calais. The hostels in Calais can also be a good anchor if you want to visit the neighboring cities by train (Arras, Boulogne, Amiens, several of them having acquired the world heritage UNESCO status). The nearby cities might not have hostels but they are also very interesting and are just a quick hop by the regional train system.
There is a very limited selection of hostels in Calais, so you will not have much choice, and make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment, and inconvenience when you get there (hotels are more costly than hostels, and camping is not an option).
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Hostel? Check! Now le0t's have at your hostel packing list for Calais and France.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.