Hauts-de-France is the country’s northernmost region, with a countryside that’s as beautiful and open as the cities and towns are historic and grand. The capital city of Lille offers enough to fulfil an entire holiday trip thanks to the 17th-century houses and pedestrian streets in Vieux Lille and the Grand Place, which is a massive central square. Of course, you may also be interested in Picardy, a region most well-known for Les Grandes Cathedrales, which are stunning examples of historic architecture.

    Travelers interested in the country won’t want to miss the Cote d’Opale or the Opal Coast. Stretching from Belgium to the mouth of River Somme, this area has some of the most relaxing beaches in the country, where you’ll find opportunities for fishing, water sports or simply enjoying the soft sands and warm sun. You’ll even find adorable seals enjoying the beach around Baie d’Authie, provided the weather is good for them.

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