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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Somme

Abbeville - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Somme

Capital of maritime Picardy, the city of Abbeville boasts a magnificent building of Flamboyant Gothic style, the Saint-Vulfran collegiate church, with a magnificent carved facade.

Also to be visited: Saint-Sépulcre church, which features beautiful contemporary stained glass windows by Alfred Manessier, and the Château de Bagatelle with its French-style formal garden and landscaped park.

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Historic capital of maritime Picardy, Abbeville is only 25 kilometers from the English Channel and the Bay of Somme. The beautiful city, endowed with rich historical monuments, is crossed by the Somme. Between urbanism and nature, the town has found its balance. And it is in an exceptional natural setting that shines the city, a real jewel in a green setting. It is in 831 that the commune appears for the first time in the historical writings. But the site was occupied long before, since Jacques Boucher of Perthes found traces of the Pleistocene there. The Middle Ages were marked by territorial wars. Sometimes under the English leadership, sometimes turning French again, the city underwent terrible torments. If the First World War spared the city, the second was fatal to its beautiful corbelled houses. Greatly destroyed, the town has rebuilt a new face.

Things to see and do

Despite all the adventures of history, Abbeville retains a remarkable historical heritage. The magnificent collegiate church of Saint-Vulfran is a masterpiece of Gothic art on the theme of the Trinity. The imposing edifice is worth the detour as much by its architecture as the treasures it shelters. The church of Saint-Sepulcher dates back to 1098. Built at that time in support of the crusades led by Godefroy de Bouillon to deliver the tomb of Christ, the building is a remarkable architectural work. The church also has splendid stained glass windows on the theme of the victory of life on the anguish of death.

During your visit to Abbeville, you should definitely visit the Butcher Museum in Perthes. Dedicated to the Father of Prehistory, this museum brings together two collections: that of the Boucher family and that of the Beaux-Arts. During your stroll in the city, you will certainly pass in front of the belfry. This high watch tower is imposed by its dominant presence of some 19 meters in height. Continuing, you will see the Carmel and its gardens. This unique architectural ensemble dating from 1821 sheltered the nuns until 1998. You will continue your tour by the castle of Bagatelle and its delightful gardens in the French and the English. Dating back to the 18th century, the building still houses period furniture. The visit of the church Saint-Gilles is also a must of Abbeville. Built between 1485 and 1528, the building was completely restored in 1860 in a neogothic style. Once again destroyed in part in 1940, it is rebuilt and adorned with a contemporary style inside. It is listed as a Historic Heritage.

To discover Abbeville, two circuits, to the discovery of the heritage, are proposed to you. You will not miss anything of the prestigious buildings that mark out the town. For nature breaks, four parks open their doors to you. The Parc de la Bouvaque has two large lakes and allows you to discreetly observe the fauna from its observation huts. The garden of Emonville will delight you with its rare species of trees like the sequoia. The garden of the 2 bridges is an English garden with more than 500 perennial plant species. The gardens of the pen are a group of nature enthusiasts, eager to make you discover the environment by workshops and animations.

To discover the surrounding nature, you will have the choice between hiking and cycling on the marked trails. You can also discover Abbeville by the airs in microlight or in tourist plane. Unless you prefer to ride the trails on horseback! It is you who choose. And to relax, the golf of Abbeville presents you its green.

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Events and festivities

There is no lack of demonstrations at Abbeville.

It all starts in February with the festival of current music. In March, the Blues invaded the city with the Nuits du Blues. In April, birds and the environment are in the spotlight with the Bird and Nature Festival. Educational outings and conferences are on the program. In May, it is the amateur and professional choirs that make their voices heard with the international festival of choirs and voices. In June, sport is in the spotlight. The nocturnal cyclist gathers lovers of the little queen. This is followed by the Bruno Willecoq Memorial gathering professional and amateur runners. In July, hip-hop takes place on the city's stages with Hip-Hop Impact. In August, it's Abbeville Summer Groove that makes the city dance.

Bernard Lorjou. Animals and Men
That Cartonne
Exhibition: Underlying Sense
Thursday's Guingettes
Balade Contée by Jean-Marie François
The Troubouch Brothers "
Fair of the Madeleine
Visit Stained Glass Workshop in Carmel
The Rendez-Vous of Crafts
Ball For Young People, With Adrien Helminiak

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Bird and Nature Festival
A gathering for escapism and relaxation at the heart of the countrysideApril 2020


The viaduct
The viaduct
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A walk in the park Bouvaque
A walk in the park Bouvaque
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