region includes the French part of the
area of Europe known as Flanders - today divided between France and the
Low Countries, plus the French part of the historic Artois
The region is divided down the middle between two departments, the Pas
de Calais to the southwest, and the department of le Nord to the
northeast, along the Belgian border.
department, capital Lille, is the most heavily industrialised
department of France, and the most densely populated area outside the
Paris region. Lille itself is a vibrant city that has reinvented itself
as the central point on the Paris - Brussels - London high-speed rail
network. It has historic quarters and some fine museums.
The Pas de Calais, by contrast, is largely rural, its chalk
and valleys very reminiscent of the landscape of eastern Kent, to which
it was once joined, many thousands of years ago. This department has
seaside resorts, and small country towns; in terms of population
density, it is one of the the least populated areas within 100 miles of
covers the area between Nord
– Pas-de-Calais and the Paris region. The south of the modern
not part of the historic area of Picardy, and is economically part of
the greater Paris area. In the east, Picardy is a very agricultural
area, and one of the most important French production areas for sugar
beet and cereals. At the heart of the battle zones during the
First World War, it is an area that today offers many a sombre lesson
More regional info:
guide to Picardy and its attractions
to Northern region and Picardy
Lying in the triangle between Paris, London and Brussels, both Picardy
and the northern region are very accessible from all directions.
directly to Calais or Boulogne
Access by train: TGV from Paris Gare du Nord , Thalys from Brussels and
Amsterdam, Eurostar from London to Calais or Lille.
in this region : Lille.
Peripheral airports: Paris Charles deGaulle, Luxembourg, Brussels
serving this region:
Easyjet: Paris CDG,
Ryanair: Paris Beauvais, Brussels-Charleroi,
: Paris CDG