Brits attracted to Calais by ease of transport
27 March 2009 06:35
For many residents of the UK south-east, a trip to France can be quicker and easier than a drive up to Manchester or Liverpool, but travel insurance is still essential.
According to Tourism in Nord-Pas de Calais, many Brits travel to the French port because of its transport links from Dover, however most of those travel on to other destinations.
Katia Breton, a spokesperson for the tourism board, explained that the fishing ports of Wimereux, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage and Montreuil-Sur-Mer are popular with holidaying Brits, who also visit Arras in the south of the region.
"They are coming for short breaks and long holidays for specific interests," she said, highlighting the popularity of excursions to sites from the Second World War and Christmas shopping as two such diversions.
It is no surprise that French holidays are popular among Brits. As well as its close proximity, the country is the world's number one tourist hotspot.
However, holiday insurance is a vital expense despite the convenience of trips to France, particularly for people taking part in dangerous activities such as skiing.
Earlier this month, the Post Office noted that medical expenses in France and other popular eurozone destinations have typically risen by 18 per cent in the past year.