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.