Travel to Picardie, France's historic north

  • Picardy, France
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  • Picardy, France
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination France
Picardy: the key figures

Surface area : 7490.0 km2

Population : 1890000 inhabitants

Picardy: what to visit?

Enogastronomy

  • Maroilles at a cheese seller's stall, Maroilles, Enogastronomy, Picardy
    Maroilles
  • , Aisne Champagne, Enogastronomy, Picardy
    Aisne Champagne
  • , Other specialties from the Aisne region, Enogastronomy, Picardy
    Other specialties from the Aisne region
  • , The Somme, between land and sea, Enogastronomy, Picardy
    The Somme, between land and sea
  • , Compiègne cake and picantins, Enogastronomy, Picardy
    Compiègne cake and picantins
  • , Traditional mustard, Enogastronomy, Picardy
    Traditional mustard
  • , Dulce de leche (milk jam), Enogastronomy, Picardy
    Dulce de leche (milk jam)
  • , Dulce de leche (milk jam), Enogastronomy, Picardy

The fauna and flora

  • The Somme, a hub for migratory birds, The migratory birds of the Somme, The fauna and flora, Picardy
    The migratory birds of the Somme
  • , The five landscapes of the Aisne region, The fauna and flora, Picardy
    The five landscapes of the Aisne region
  • The forested Oise region , France
    The forested Oise region
  • , Marquenterre Ornithological Park, The fauna and flora, Picardy
    Marquenterre Ornithological Park
  • , Marquenterre Ornithological Park, The fauna and flora, Picardy

Arts and culture

  • A window display at the Museum of Laon, Museum of Art and Archaeology, Arts and culture, Picardy
    Museum of Art and Archaeology
  • , Museum of Barbarian Times, Arts and culture, Picardy
    Museum of Barbarian Times
  • , Jean de la Fontaine Museum, Arts and culture, Picardy
    Jean de la Fontaine Museum
  • , Museum of Picardie, Arts and culture, Picardy
    Museum of Picardie
  • , The Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum, Arts and culture, Picardy
    The Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum
  • , The Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum, Arts and culture, Picardy

Monuments

  • , Our Lady of Laon, Monuments, Picardy
    Our Lady of Laon
  • , Basilica of Saint Quentin, Monuments, Picardy
    Basilica of Saint Quentin
  • , Fortified castle of Guise, Monuments, Picardy
    Fortified castle of Guise
  • , Saint-Michel en Thiérache Abbey, Monuments, Picardy
    Saint-Michel en Thiérache Abbey
  • , The Château of François I, Monuments, Picardy
    The Château of François I
  • , The Château of François I, Monuments, Picardy

Activities and leisure

  • , Arbre et Aventure, Activities and leisure, Picardy
    Arbre et Aventure
  • , Parc Astérix (Asterix Park), Activities and leisure, Picardy
    Parc Astérix (Asterix Park)
  • , Saint-Leu d'Esserent Activity Centre, Activities and leisure, Picardy
    Saint-Leu d'Esserent Activity Centre
  • , The Baie de Somme Railway, Activities and leisure, Picardy
    The Baie de Somme Railway
  • , The Baie de Somme Railway, Activities and leisure, Picardy

Sports and activties

  • , Hiking routes in the Aisne region, Sports and activties, Picardy
    Hiking routes in the Aisne region
  • , Fishing in the Aisne region, Sports and activties, Picardy
    Fishing in the Aisne region
  • Golf in the Aisne region , France
    Golf in the Aisne region
  • , Golfing in the Oise region, Sports and activties, Picardy
    Golfing in the Oise region
  • , Horse-riding in the Oise region, Sports and activties, Picardy
    Horse-riding in the Oise region
  • , Horse-riding in the Oise region, Sports and activties, Picardy

Night Life

  • L'Arawak 1 , France
    L'Arawak 1
  • Le Squale Bar , France
    Le Squale Bar
  • Au Bureau , France
    Au Bureau
  • J.B Pub Hotel , France
    J.B Pub Hotel
  • Les Arcades , France
    Les Arcades
  • L'Evasion , France
    L'Evasion
  • L'Evasion , France

Picardy: travel tips

It is important to know that in this region the climate isn't exactly the same between the coast and inland. Swept by the currents of the North Atlantic, the temperatures on the Picardie coastline are higher than in its interior, but the winds are also stronger and the weather more unpredictable.
Therefore, the coastline and the Baie de Somme in particular, with its vast beaches and strong wind, is the perfect playground for fans of outdoor sports like sand sailing, kite-surfing and flying a kite, be it in spring, summer or autumn. The latter season has the added advantage of being able to boast beautiful scenery with magnificent colours in the forests of Thiérache and the park of Marquenterre.
Although nature is very present in this region and will delight all those who love to go on walks and hikes, the historical heritage alone is reason enough to come discover Picardie. History has left many marks on this land.
Don't miss visiting Laon, with its cathedral and medieval city, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens and the Château de Chantilly. Those who enjoy cultural heritage tourism, which is becoming increasingly popular, will find that Picardie is full of possibilities, such as the Chemin des Dames (or 'Ladies' Path) and the Caverne du Dragon, which bear testimony to the First World War that deeply marked the region.
For a less serious and more fun visit, Parc Astérix will satisfy both the young and old with its many attractions based on the famous French cartoon character. As for the park of Marquenterre, it offers the opportunity to learn about ornithology and observe the flocks of migratory birds reassembling in autumn.
To be enjoyed on the spot or brought back with you, 'ficelles de pocardie' (a savoury crêpe), Amiens macaroons, speculoos and Maroilles (a type of cheese) will satisfy the cravings of visitors famished by the great outdoors of this land divided between the land and sea, located just one hour by train from Paris.

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