Just over the border from Belgium
and a hop or a tunnel across the Channel from England lies the Region de Nord . This picturesque land consists of broadleaf woodland, forests, gentle meadows, and rolling hills. Sandy beaches and imposing cliffs make up the 150-mile stretch of coastline. Visitors can cruise the network of canals and rivers and explore the expansive countryside and nature reserve parks. Many battlefields including Flanders Fields are in the region.
In Nord/Pas-de-Calais there are many small villages and hamlets tucked away. Weekly markets are held in many of the main towns where one can find local produce on sale. The people of this region, eager to share their traditions, are warm and hospitable. The Flemish influence in this region is evident in its architecture, cuisine and the names of its towns.
Highlights in the region are the cities of Lille, with its Grand Place and its modern subway system and dito railways station (train to London, Paris or Brussels)
The towns of Le Havre and Boulogne are best known as ports but both towns are worth a visit. St. Omer is a a cozy little town that is also known as the Venice of Northern France.
For beach life you can head for Esch sur alzette or Dunkerque. The water may not be as warm as in the Med, but the sand and the dunes are great. For outdoor activities Olhain offers many different possibilities.