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Important city in northern France, Fourmies is situated in Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy region in the Northern Department. It takes place about thirty kilometers from Maubeuge, and about ten kilometers from the Belgian border. The town is part of the Regional Natural Park of Avesnois.

Fourmies take its name from the Latin meaning Formeias swamp. This relates to the wet natural environment of the municipality. Occupied since the Roman times, the site was long known for its important wool industry. The activity declining in the late twentieth century, the city has turned primarily towards tourism.

Fourmies the rich heritage gives him a certain charm that reflects the typical architecture of this part of northern France. industrial sites, old monuments or museums as well the program of this former textile capital.

Geographical information

Latitude50.0183010 (N 50° 1’ 6”)
Longitude4.0469720 (E 4° 2’ 49”)
AltitudeFrom 174m to 247m
Surface area22.98 km²
Population12920 inhabitants
Density562 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLille (121 km, 1h37)
Insee code59249
IntercommunalityCC du Sud Avesnois

Nearest cities & towns

Wignehies3.9 km (8 min)
Féron4.3 km (8 min)
Glageon5.2 km (9 min)
Rocquigny5.7 km (9 min)
Ohain6.4 km (10 min)
Anor6.4 km (11 min)
Trélon7.7 km (12 min)
Clairfontaine7.8 km (14 min)
Mondrepuis8.5 km (14 min)
Wimy11.2 km (14 min)
Sains-du-Nord11.3 km (15 min)
Étroeungt11.6 km (17 min)
Wallers-en-Fagne11.8 km (20 min)
Rainsars12 km (17 min)

Things to see and do

Fourmies has a rich cultural heritage reflecting the illustrious past of the city and its desire to revitalize.

The museum of Avesnois is the largest museum in the town. It spans no fewer than four sites across several cities in the area. Fourmies welcomes in this respect on textile museum and society. He stands in a former mill built in 1847 and peaked in the late nineteenth century. The museum has several collections including offers to discover reconstructions of workshops.

Shooting popular promenade, green space also offers several shopping avenues.

The monks ponds site is also a center of the city as regards leisure.

The Church of St. Peter does not lack charm either.

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Events and festivities

Alive and still going strong, the city of Fourmies is the origin of several events attracting large numbers of visitors every year.

The market is held every Saturday morning.

During the last weekend of the school year, the city offers frame (s), a publishing festival and creation.

Between the second and third weekend in July, Fourmies organizes its carnival.

Every year in September since 1928, the city hosts the Grand Prix Fourmies, a professional cycling race.


Wednesday 18 october
Min. 8°C - Max. 18°C
Thursday 19 october
Min. 10°C - Max. 18°C
Friday 20 october
Min. 11°C - Max. 16°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Battle of Le Cateau
HikeEasy5h30Le Cateau-Cambrésis (37 km)


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