Calais, France, a city and a port in the department of Pas-de-Calais, about 185 miles (300 km) north of Paris. Situated on the coast of the Strait of Dover, Calais is the main port for passengers and mail between the British Isles and the continent. It is also the eastern terminus of the Channel Tunnel. Calais is noted for the manufacture of fine lace. Textiles, glassware, and soap are also manufactured.
Calais was a fishing village in the 10th century. England held the town from 1347 to 1558. Calais was heavily damaged during World War II.