Picardy

Picardy at a Glance

Visit Picardy

Step onto French soil and into Picardy, a northern region etched with hills, rivers and lakes, located just a short drive from the ports of Calais and Dieppe. Whether you’re stopping off on your journey further south or plan to stick around for a week or two, there’s plenty to see, taste and experience in Picardy.

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Cap Blanc Nez, Picardy
Cap Blanc Nez, Picardy
Aimens, Picardy, Little Venice of the North
Picardy, Somme battlefields

Section 2

Taste Picardy

Taste Picardy

Taste how northern France savours the country’s cuisine by tucking into the specialities that Picardy does best.

For dinner why not try Pot-au-feu, a rich and satisfying beef stew, or maybe the famous Duck paté of Amiens is what you’re after? For the ultimate unique dish, try Agneau de pré-salé. This lamb come from the Baie de Somme, an area of Picardy where the sea frequently covers the pastures, creating meat that is full of its salts.

Picardy, Somme battlefields

Explore Picardy

Sombre history and thriving nature combine to make Picardy an intriguing landscape. If you fancy getting in the driving seat and exploring Picardy by car, expect to weave through postcard-perfect hills or stumble across that lake you’ll spend an undisturbed afternoon beside.

Travel towards the coast and stop off at the seaside resort of Le Touquet, regarded as the region’s most elegant holiday spot and a living testament to the roaring 1920s.

Further along the coast, you’ll find the beaches of Dunkirk. Whether you class yourself as a history buff or not, a visit to the site of 1940’s D-Day landings or the Somme Valley offers an opportunity to connect with the past like no other.

Picardy, Somme railway

Feel Picardy

Sail over the channel. Weave through networks of canals. Visit Little Venice of the North. Visit the Somme Battlefield. Pause, remember. Travel by steam train. Let out a scream at a woodland theme park. Smell steamed mussels. Spot 250 species of bird. Challenge yourself with sand yachting. Unwind to the sound of jazz. Slide through a glass pyramid. Count 6 cathedrals. See a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Picardy Top 5 Attractions

Amiens Cathedral

Amiens

Take a trip to Amiens and criss-cross your way through the network of city canals that earn the area its nickname ‘Little Venice of the North’.

Amiens is also home of the exquisite Notre Dame Cathedral, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This gothic cathedral was built in the 12th century and is regarded as the true heart of Paris.

Baie de Somme

Baie de Somme

Baie de Somme lies at the mouth of the River Somme and is home to an important wetland area that acts as a sanctuary for birds. Hop on the steam railway that snakes through the area to grab the best views – don’t forget your binoculars!

Beauvais

Beauvais

Beauvais is home to the tallest gothic cathedral in France, Cathédrale Saint-Pierre. This structure is one of six in the region that help to coin Picardy as the birthplace of gothic architecture.

Parc Astérix

Parc Astérix

If you’re looking for a fun-filled adventure, French style, head to The World of Astérix for the day. This theme park brings the famous French cartoon to life through a host of rides and attractions.

Somme Battlefields

Somme Battlefields

If you visit the Somme Battlefields, you may find it as strangely stunning as it is solemn. The area is brimming with poppies planted to mark the lives of soldiers who died at battle and the Circuit of Remembrance will take you through its history.

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