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Coordinates: 50°56′06″N 1°48′00″E / 50.935°N 1.8°E / 50.935; 1.8

Commune of Coquelles
Blason Coquelles.svg

Suitehotel Coquelles.jpg
Ibis Hotel at Cité Europe
Location
Coquelles is located in France
Coquelles
Administration
Country France
Region Blason Nord-Pas-De-Calais.svg Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas de Calais Arms.svg Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Blason ville fr Calais (Pas-de-Calais).svg Calais
Canton Calais-Nord-Ouest
Intercommunality Communauté d'agglomération du Calaisis
Statistics
Elevation 0–53 m (0–170 ft)
(avg. 49 m/160 ft)
Land area1 8.77 km2 (3.39 sq mi)
Population2 2,370  (1999)
 - Density 270 /km2 (700 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 62239/ 62231
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coquelles is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department near Calais in northern France.

It is known informally as the town of the Channel Tunnel. The town comprises a shopping centre (Cité Europe), a centre hotellier with an Ibis, an Etap and a Suitehotel, a farm in vieille Coquelles (old Coquelles), part of the L'Européene autoroute (A16) and the Channel Tunnel terminal. A short distance away, near the modern settlement, but also within sight of the older centre of Vieux Coquelles, with the ruins of its church tower, is a Holiday Inn. Opposite this is the Old Mill, from which the hotel restaurant "Le Vieux Moulin" takes its name.

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Population

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
1144 1158 1248 2081 2133 2370
Census count starting from 1962 : Population without double counting

Places of interest

  • The church of the Assumption, dating from the twentieth century.
  • The ruins of an ancient château..
  • An old windmill.
  • Remains of a twelfth century church
  • The Eurotunnel.

Economy

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Shopping and Cité Europe

Cité Europe Logo
The Coquelles Branch of Auchan

Cité Europe is a large shopping centre located near the Eurotunnel terminal just off the A16. It is popular with day trippers or "booze cruisers" (British slang) from the United Kingdom, as well as with French locals, due to the cheap alcohol available in the enclosed Carrefour and Tesco stores. The centre itself encompasses a wide range of shops, from UK high street favourites such as H&M and Zara, to shops which are distinctly more French in flavour. It also has a Gaumont cinema complex, a food court with several "English" pubs, as well as a McDonald's and a Flunch (self-service restaurant). Nearby is an Auchan hypermarket and the Calais branches of British retailers Sainsbury's, Majestic Wine and Oddbins.

Hotels

In the commercial zone, there is a Centre Hotellier with three Accor Hotels, Suitehotel, Ibis, and Etap, which are at three different budget levels. This location includes shared parking between the three hotels and it is located adjacent to the A16 autoroute.

Eurotunnel Terminal

For main article, see Eurotunnel.

The Eurotunnel terminal is located in Coquelles of the A16, exit 42. This is the terminus of shuttle services from the UK, as well as the terminus of the LGV Nord, whereby Eurostar services can travel into the Channel Tunnel.

Centre Hotellier du Cité Europe: Etap

See also

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