Northern France is possibly one of the most charming places in the world. If you’re into rolling countryside, charming towns and villages and, most of all, great food, then most, if not all, of Northern France has got you covered. What’s more is that it’s easier to get there too. Coming from Western Europe couldn’t be more straightforward. Whether you decide to hop on a ferry to France with Brittany Ferries, drive or take a car, its cost effective and simple to do. What awaits you there is entirely worth it too as these destinations prove.
Lens is a firm favourite of all holiday destinations in the North of France. Popular with foodies thanks to its widely renowned seafood and local dishes served up at establishments like Au Bouchot and Le Cesarine, there’s a lot more to it too. Thanks to cultural sights like the Louvre gallery and its galleries rammed full of artistic intrigue, Lens has really transformed from its working-class, industrial past.
The capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, Lille is a warm and inviting city and is gathering in popularity thanks to its stop on the Eurostar between London and Brussels. Full of fantastic places to eat and bargain-laden markets, Lille is a far cry cheaper than the French capital and no less fun either. With sights like the 17th-century stock exchange and its quaint old town, Lille deserves its place on this list just as much as anywhere else.
Situated off the coast and on its way to Paris, Picardy is one of France’s most underrated provinces and possibly one of it’s most beautiful. Enclosing cities like Amiens, Soissons and Noyon, the area is full of great looking Gothic cathedrals, museums and amazing restaurants that make full use of the bounty of wineries and dairy farms nearby. At Compiegne, another of the region’s towns, you can also visit the luxurious chateau that both Napoloeon Bonaparte and Napoleon III enjoyed in the not so far-away past.
Northern France has a lot to offer people in terms of great eating, cultural intrigue and historical sightseeing. From quaint villages to bustling, modern cities, this area of France is an unmissable one indeed.