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Day trips to France and Belgium

Calais, Le Touquet, Dunkerque, Lille, Bruges…. the list is endless when planning a day trip to France or Belgium from Kent.

Linked by busy ferry routes (see P&O Ferries, DFDS Seaways and MyFerryLink)  and the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the coasts of Pas-de-Calais and Belgium are within easy reach and make an ideal getaway for the whole family.

The cosmopolitan Belgian coast offers everything from family -friendly resorts to Michelin-starred restaurants, adventure sports, to miles and miles of sandy beaches. Stretching 67km from end to end and fringed with golden sands, rolling dunes and big skies, one visit and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do it a long time ago.

Try land-yachting or kite-surfing in De Panne, discover the chic boutiques and gourmet restaurants of Oostende, wow the kids in Blankenberge, or roll up to swanky Knokke-Heist in your designer best, with boutique shops, art galleries and flash cars.

As you meander along the coast, you’ll discover each resort has its own distinct feel and vibe, so whether you’re into quiet strolls along the promenade, testing your mettle, or just enjoying some of the best moules frites on the planet, coastal Belgium has something for you. 

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If you’re thinking of heading across to France from Kent for the day, stop to explore the Pas de Calais area and find the wealth of gentle and diverse pleasures that make this a perfect spot for a day trip to France from Kent. Interwoven with history and lined with silky beaches, dunes and dramatic cliffs, Pas-de-Calais is the hidden gem of France. It’s edged by the Cote d’Opale (White Coast), named for the way it reflects the light on the 120km between Calais and Berck-sur-Mer.

It’s strange to think that such a peaceful area, with its rolling hills, canals, Flemish-favoured towns and family-friendly beaches, has been a battleground both between the English and French, and later during the World Wars, but reminders speckle the coast in moss-covered concrete bunkers, fascinating museums and the poignant Etaples war cemetery. Yet it’s not just all about history - Pas-de-Calais is a great place for walking, water sports, eating, drinking and exploring these beautiful and appealing towns.

To delve deeper into Northern France’s hidden heritage and learn more about great days out, visit or visit our dedicated cross channel website


Discover the Côte d'Opale and save money!

Tendances Magazine, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's partner, has negotiated special offers on gourmet restaurants, luxury hotels, museums and other venues on the Côte d'Opale in the Pas-de-Calais region. This part of France has so much to offer; National parks, stunning Flemish architecture, all types of water-sports, and for the gourmet, there is a tremendous range of restaurants serving traditional dishes made from regional produce.

These offers are valid until 30th September so why not plan a short break in this beautiful region and enjoy great savings?

Find out more here