With 190 km of coastline from the Bay of the Somme to the Opal Coast, from the English Channel to the North Sea, sumptuous landscapes of cliffs and moors, Belle Époque villas and beaches with vintage cabins, lighthouses and dunes, the Hauts-de-France is a destination not lacking in charm.
This region inspires painters and writers, and is home to a remarkable natural heritage and four regional parks with biotopes of bocage, marshes, forest, coast and other areas of great biodiversity. The region is also distinguished by its history - it keeps the traces of the two World Wars (see the Chemin des Dames) - and the richness of its heritage with many museums including those of Lille Metropole, the cathedrals of Beauvais and Amiens, the castle of Pierrefonds, the half-timbered houses of Compiègne or the belfry of the city hall of Douai. The region also keeps the memory of its textile industry and the mining era. The Hauts-de-France is also France s leading agricultural region, producing milk, potatoes, endives, beet sugar... In addition, there is the local gastronomy of a region that produces 10% of French champagne (around Château-Thierry) and is home to a large number of breweries offering high quality beers and producing excellent AOC wines, including Maroilles cheese. During your escapade, you won t be able to resist the local specialities, Picardy string, andouillette or Flemish carbonnade, not forgetting waffles (Belgium is adjoining!). Your Hauts-de-France tourist guide will help you enjoy them.