Address: 1401 Route de Vonnes, 74390 Châtel, France
There are some amazing bargains to be had when you go on a shopping trip to northern France and it’s so wonderfully easy when you take your car on the cross channel ferry. There are no restrictions, so it really is a matter of,
how much can you carry?
The next questions is what do you want to buy and what type of shops are you looking for?
Cité Europe is a shopping mall close to the Calais ferry port and has a wide variety of shops, about 140 in total, 20 restaurants, 12 cinema screens and a huge Carrefour hypermarket, which sells just about everything you could want under one roof.
Alternatively, there’s the Auchan hypermarket, where there are always items on promotion so you can make great savings across the foods you normally buy on your weekly shop. So, if you get a good ferry deal you’ll still save money! Within the complex there are 3 restaurants, as well as clothes and shoe shops for men, women and children. Oh, and a Belgian chocolate shop!
Also in Calais is the L'Usine Côte d'Opale, a factory outlet with 57 shops selling discounted clothing and accessories by more than 80 different designers. This is definitely the place to get some designer bargains – the discounts are pretty good generally so if you come when there’s a sale on, you’ll definitely drive away with a boot full of bargains. All the brands you and the family look for in designer names are here. It’s close to Cité Europe so you can combine a trip to both.
If you have time, check out Les Quatre Boulevards, the newest shopping mall in Calais with more than 50 shops and the best choice if you want to shop in the town. Food (and wine and beer) shopping can be done at the Champion supermarket, while there’s an array of shops in the other boulevards, Boulevard Jacquard and Boulevard Lafayette.
Alternatively you could drive down from the Calais ferry to Dunkirk where you’ll find shopping is easy here too with approximately 400 shops in the town centre. Apart from lovely boutiques in Place Jean Bart you should visit the Pôle Marine shopping centre which, apart from shops, has a number of cinema screens and many restaurants. There’s parking for 4,800 cars in or close to the centre of town and many of these car parks are free.
Apart from mainstream shopping make sure you explore some of the lovely specialty shops, such as La Ferme, which sells literally hundreds of different cheeses and the various patisseries and chocolate shops you’ll walk past as you’re browsing.
There are hypermarkets here too, an Auchan, ‘Flandre Littorale’, which is actually one of the largest in northern France and a Carrefour – between them there are always really good promotions on selected products and definitely recommended when it comes to beer, wine and champagne.
If you like open markets you’ll find an array of products at the markets in the town centre on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and on Tuesday mornings at the Dunkirk seaside resort of Malo-les-Bains. This Dunkirk seaside resort has an open market on Place Turenne with the added benefit of a very nice promenade, so you can get some fresh air or enjoy a drink or meal at one of the many bars and restaurants.
Finally, in the centre of the borough of Rosendael there’s a traditional open market every Sunday morning.
With so many shopping options, and without having to drive far to get started, the only thing you need to ensure is that before driving onto the Dover ferry you have an empty boot, because it’ll certainly be full when you drive back on!
Planning to spend the summer holidays in France? It's certainly the best option, especially if you have kids. France is one of Europe's most popular holiday locations. This is a country with many
tourist attractions such as historic cities, magnificent chateau, lovely beaches, charming villages and many more. Since France borders Atlantic ocean and Mediterranean sea, the beaches are one
of the main attractions to tourists.
The capital of France, Paris known the world over for its fashion and the trend will be a delight for fashion lovers as the city will give them a never-before shopping experience. The temperature varies within the country from place to place. However, France attracts tourists throughout the year. Some of the country's popular family tourist attractions are given below.
Futuroscope is a French theme park based on multimedia and cinema technologies. These breathtaking cinema technologies and multimedia events will amaze you. The incredible audio-visual effects in this park will make you forget everything. Both children and adults can enjoy here thoroughly. What's more, there are many restaurants inside the park to enjoy a hearty meal.
Puy du Fou
Puy du Fou, a theme park located in the heart of Vendée is famous for hosting historical shows - the Secret of the Lance, the Vikings, Triumph's Sign, the Phantom Birds Dance, and Richelieu's Musketeers - each running 30-40 minutes. The most entertaining show also the main one is Cinéscénie takes place in the evening. Thousands of actors volunteer and acts the story of 700 years history of that place. It is certainly worth watching. Apart from watching the shows, you can visit the medieval city, 18th century village and the town square located within the park.
Marineland is animal exhibition park in Antibes. This sea park accommodates killer whales and dolphins. It is tremendously fun watching the shark show, dolphin show and sea-lion show in this park. There is a shark tunnel which is 30 meter long and contains 2,000,000 litres of water. Tourists are surrounded with sharks and mantra rays. It will be a thrilling experience.
Parc Asterix is a theme park in France known for having the largest varieties of Roller Coaster rides. This park feeds the requirement of those who love adventures. This is located amidst protected forests and offers you a terrific experience with nearly 30 different permanent rides.
The days spent in Disneyland Paris will be surely marked in your child's life. This is the mother of all theme parks and Europe's most visited theme attraction. Disneyland has two theme parks. The most popular attractions in the park are Fantasyland, Space Mountain: Mission 2, Pirates of the Caribbean Big Thunder Mountain, and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. This is a dream land for children.
Relaxation at Beach:
Along with the historical background, wine varieties and food, France is also well-known for the lovely beaches that surrounds the nation. There are many famous beaches which are worth exploring and it is a perfect destination for beach holidays.
Villefranche sur Mer beach, which is few miles away from Nice, though don't accommodate many shops gives a pleasant experience of sunbathing to tourists.
La Grande Motte, which is nearer to Montpellier city offers tourists many things such as water sports, hike jumps etc.
Cap Ferret peninsula near Bordeaux amuses you with two sides beach. This is a best destination for relaxation.
France is tempting? Luckily, for the UK holidaymakers the country is well-connected by ferry service. For an enjoyable journey to France, just book a ferry and head straight to the country for a fun-filled vacation.
For more information on ferry travel to France, visit here.