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Guide of Hauts-de-France

Tourism, holidays & weekends in Hauts-de-France

Guide of Hauts-de-France - Tourism, holidays & weekends in Hauts-de-France

A welcoming and authentic land that combines nature, culture and traditions, the Hauts-de-France region offers its visitors a wide range of sightseeing opportunities and activities. When it comes to countryside, a variety of landscapes await you there, ranging from forests, hedged farmlands and plains of crops to the hortillonnages in Amiens, through the beaches and chalk cliffs of the coast. The hiking paths in the regional nature parks of Avesnois, Les Caps et Marais d'Opale, Scarpe-Escaut and Oise-Pays de France, the immense beaches of fine sand, the picturesque fishing villages and the elegant seaside resorts of the Opal Coast and the Picard Coast will delight holidaymakers in search of rest, recuperation and tranquillity. A listed Great Site of France and a member of the very select club of the world's most beautiful bays, the famous Bay of Somme is a birdwatcher's paradise. As well as the many bird species present there, you can also admire an impressive colony of harbour seals!

When it comes to built heritage, the cities of Art and History of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Cambrai, Laon, Lille and Roubaix, with many cultural and architectural treasures, majestic belfries that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the small and charming town of Senlis, the wonderful castles of Chantilly, Compiègne and Pierrefonds, the famous Gothic cathedrals of Amiens and Beauvais, the superb medieval city of Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique, the beautiful fortified churches of Thiérache, and the picturesque little town of Bergues, made famous by the film Welcome to the Sticks (Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis), as well as the festive and friendly atmosphere of Dunkirk carnival and Lille street market, are just some of the attractions that make this region of northern France such an appealing destination.

Whether you come for a weekend or a longer stay, the Hauts-de-France region will delight you with its distinctive character and rich cultural heritage!

Territories of Hauts-de-France


At the heart of northern France, Artois and French Flanders welcome you for a stay full of sightseeing opportunities and authentic experiences. The sandy beaches and cliffs of the Opal Coast, the old cities of Lille and Arras, and the majestic belfries and natural parks have plenty to delight heritage enthusiasts!


Picardy has plenty to appeal to lovers of architecture, history and authentic sites. Walkers can admire the majestic Amiens Cathedral or Valloires Abbey and its magnificent gardens. They will be amazed by the characterful towns and villages, and castles to visit such as Pierrefonds or Chantilly. Nature-lovers will appreciate the Bay of Somme and its seals, the prestigious national forests and the seaside.

Guide of Hauts-de-France


Mixing nature and historical heritage, the Aisne is home to the town of Laon and its Gothic cathedral, the fortified churches of Thiérache, but also the Saint-Gobain forest and the nature reserve of Isle marsh.


The Nord is home to the city of culture, Lille, renowned for its Palace of Fine art, its old town and its huge annual flea market, but also offers visitors the fortified cities of Bergues, Gravelines, and Le Quesnoy, the picturesque Flanders mills and the famous Dunkirk carnival.


A top destination for equestrianism, the Oise is the area of vast forests great for sports activities, majestic castles, Gothic cathedrals, royal abbeys and towns steeped in history and traditions.


The natural sites and diverse landscapes of the Pas-de-Calais, ranging from the Opal Coast to the audomarois marshes and through the Capes site, are great for relaxation and sports activities, such as speed-sailing, sand-yachting, golf, walking, swimming, and cycling.


Among the best features of the Somme are the famous cathedral of Amiens, UNESCO World Heritage Site, the lakes of High Somme, the picard coast and its high chalky cliffs, marshes used for vegetable farming, the Bay of Somme and the Marquenterre ornithological park, favourite place for numerous bird species.

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