Pas de Calais & Picardie
With its regional capital, Lille, little over an hour by train from London, and with the ports of Calais and Dunkirk constantly ferrying people between England and France, it’s no wonder so many Brits spend so much time in Pas de Calais and Picardie. As well as weekend breaks and the famous booze cruises, plenty of English people choose to make this part of France their home and commute back to London.
Attractions such as the mix of rich agricultural land and gently rolling countryside, edged by a beautiful west-facing stretch of sandy beaches and chalk white cliffs, make this place so popular.
Pas de Calais Picardie is the most densely populated region in France outside of Paris and contains a number of cultural and historic towns, not least of which Roubaix, where a collection of French art is housed in a former art-deco swimming pool.