Dover castle can be seen on the cliffs to the left. The white cliffs of France can been seen on the horizon in the distance. The water is the Dover Strait (in French: Pas de Calais). The shortest distance across the strait (also used by cross-channel swimmers) is from the South Foreland (6 kilometres northeast of Dover) to Cap Gris Nez - a cape near Calais in the French département of Pas-de-Calais, France. The distance between these two points is 34 km (21 miles). The route take by the cross-channel ferries is a little longer at 48 km (30 miles). The crossing takes about 90 minutes. The colour of the water is often completely different inside the two harbours - especially when the sun shines. The large concrete area in the Eastern Docks (lit up by the sun) was where the massive hovercrafts used to land before they were taken out of service on 1 October 2000.
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