An important gateway between France and England, Nord-Pas-de-Calais is an historic region which shares a nominal border with Kent and offers great transport links to the UK and the rest of Europe.
A group holiday in Nord-pas-de-Calais promises variety and discovery, with the cliff-flanked beaches of the Côte d'Opale standing in stark contrast to the forests, marshlands and charming villages inland.
Its countryside is vast and pretty – traditional in outlook and appeal it remains untouched and unspoilt by modern trappings. French Flanders is one such place that offers escapism and plenty of charm; though if it’s a brisker pace to your holiday you’re in search of, explore cultural Saint-Omer and bustling Valenciennes.
The Flemish influences are apparent in Lille, both in the architecture and gastronomy which includes Belgian treats such as ‘moules-frites’. With museums, shops and a vibrant nightlife, it makes for an interesting day trip. Arras and Calais area also worth a visit, again, both exhibiting architecture of an inherently Flemish style, and each offering a number of historical and modern attractions.
Nord-Pas-de-Calais is bursting with historical sights, many of them will be of particular interest to those with an interest in World War I and II. The striking memorial at Vimy commemorates the Canadian’s sacrificed during World War I, the underground bunker of La Coupole houses a museum about the history of Nazi Germany’s V2 rocket programme, and the Grottes de Naours are man made caves which have seen a number of uses throughout their history.
If it’s nature you’re interested in, you’ll be in for a treat at the Audomarois Marshes between Flanders and Artois which feature a network of waterways navigable by flat-bottomed marsh boats and still farmed to this day.
Our large gites in Nord-Pas-de-Calais provide the perfect base from which to explore this wonderfully varied region.