Northern France Holidays
The south of France may be known as the country’s top holiday destination, but Northern France’s vibrant culture and abundance of interesting towns and cities is making it a serious rival. It also has the benefit of being so close to the UK, making it easy to hop across the channel for a city break. Whether you’re after a romantic weekend or travelling with mates, you’ll find plenty of things to do and places to see in Northern France. It’s also famous for being the one and only champagne region, and is fantastic at what France does best: food.
Where to go on holidays to Northern France
Lille is one of the most popular cities in Northern France. It has all the charm of a great European city, and is well loved by art enthusiasts. One of its most famous landmarks, La Palais des Beaux Arts, is considered second only to Paris’ Louvre. Lille is packed with quirky shops, cafés and attractive squares off cobblestone streets. Its close proximity to the Belgium border gives the city a Flemish flair, evident in the culture and architecture, giving it a unique atmosphere. Lots of theatres, cinemas, bars and museums will keep you busy – it would be easy to spend days exploring! If you can bear to leave it, Lille is often used as the first stopover when visiting Northern France.
Amiens is a classically French city that is also a favourite spot to visit in the region. Greener than some of its neighbours, it has a good balance between country and city, with its gardens and natural landscapes surrounding the town centre. A large student population keeps Amiens bright and busy, with good nightlife and lots of sightseeing opportunities, most notably the famous Notre Dame d’Amiens Cathedral – a staggering example of French Gothic architecture built in the 13th century.
If you’re after something a little quieter on your holiday to Northern France, take a trip to the attractive little commune of Le Touquet. Formerly a mass of forestry and sand dunes, it has developed into a favourite seaside retreat of rich Parisians and Brits. The result is a quaint but elegant town, with old English charm mixed with a classic French way of life. It’s a lovely place to relax and enjoy strolls along the seaside, rent a boat and try out some authentic French cuisine.
Go somewhere different this year and enjoy fascinating culture, lively cities and amazing food on a holiday to Northern France. Take your pick of the cities or travel between them all to experience the unique charm and good nature of the region. Whether you fancy sipping champagne in the French countryside or shopping in Lille, there’s something for you. Get an affordable deal and a great choice of destinations when you choose lastminute.com for your summer holiday.