Holiday home in Northern France

If you are looking for a holiday home not too far from the Netherlands, choose the north of France. In the five departments of the Hauts-de-France, you will find many places of interest. Think of the history around the Second World War, the beautiful nature but also the coast with its sandy beaches and seaside resorts. You can enjoy peace and quiet, but you can also go for sporty outings. In short, a varied range of activities in a varied region just a few hours drive away.

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Highlights of Northern France

Holiday close to home? Rent a holiday home or bungalow in the north of France. A part of northern France is situated next to Belgium. Not surprising if you see a lot of Belgian influences, or perhaps similarities with the Netherlands. The region has a beautiful landscape, interesting culture and eventful history... Let yourself be surprised!

Discover the coast in the North of France

Stay in a seaside accommodation in northern France and go in search of the most beautiful places by the sea. The Opal Coast is a beautiful area that stretches from Dunkirk to Berck. Enjoy the diversity of landscapes with dunes, meadows, sandy beaches and rock cliffs. Take a walk and choose one of the many routes that will lead you through the beautiful area. The most popular seaside resort on the Opal Coast is Le Touquet, also known as Paris-Plage. A charming coastal town that is very popular in summer, especially by the Parisians. Tourists enjoy the beach and the sea, practice water sports and taste the local specialties in the various restaurants. In the seaside resort of Wimereux, it seems as if you have gone back in time. Everywhere you see the beautiful Belle-Epoque villas, many of which today serve as a hotel or apartment. In the summer, the typical blue-white beach houses appear, which makes for a real summer holiday feeling. Boulogne-sur-Mer is the largest fishing port in France. Because of the Second World War a lot of history has been lost but you can still find the castle, the belfry and the cathedral. Nowadays the sea aquarium Nausicaa also attracts many visitors. 

Would you like to admire those magnificent white cliffs? Then be sure to visit Les Deux Caps! Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Gris-Nez are two capes that can be found along the 23 kilometre long chalk coast. During a walk or bike ride, enjoy a magnificent view from up to 100 metres above sea level.

Dive into the history of Northern France

Maybe less known as WWII, but the First World War left quite a few traces in Nord-Pas de Calais. You'll find military cemeteries, memorials, places of interest and other memories. The Battle of the Somme took place between the towns of Albert and Péronne. If you drive from one place to another, you are sure to come across some remains or monuments along the way. There are numerous places of remembrance throughout the region:

  • The Canadian Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
  • The British War Memorial Mémorial de Thiepval
  • Lonsdale Cemetery
  • Pozières British Cemetery and Pozières Windmill
  • Delville Wood South African National Memorial
  • Deutsche Kriegsgräberstätte Fricourt
  • Australian Corps Memorial Park in Hamel

Other sights in the north

The Baie de Somme is full of beautiful flora and fauna. The estuary is located at the end of the river Somme. In the nature reserve, full of peace and quiet, dunes, marshes and lakes alternate. During a walk in this beautiful area, you can spot many bird species and encounter other animal species. 

Visit the authentic town of Arras with its beautiful squares, the Abbey of Saint-Vaast and the Musée des Beaux Arts. Lille is the capital of French Flanders, of the Northern Department and of the Hauts-de-France region. You will find many historical buildings such as churches but also the citadel. With its beautiful Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Saint-Omer is a special historical town. The painter Rubens has left his footprints here. A short distance away is La Coupole, an underground bunker of WWII. The Château de Chantilly is an impressive castle in northern France. The building is entirely in Renaissance style. There are also stables and the Musée Condé with many paintings of that time. Compiègne should not be missing from the list either. Admire the beautiful palace of the city, where Napoleon also lived.

There are a number of towns in the Picardy region that are definitely worth a visit. In Amiens, also the Venice of the North, you will find the impressive Notre Dame cathedral and a network of canals. For lovers of gardens, Hortillonnages is the perfect place. You can admire all the greenery in the gardens by boat. In Beauvais, you'll get to know Gothic architecture. There are no less than six cathedrals to admire. 

For a holiday with children in the North of France, a day out to Parc Astérix is not to be missed! The amusement park is entirely themed by this French cartoon character.

On holiday in the North of France

If you don't want to drive too far for a holiday, choose a chalet or apartment in the North of France. The ideal destination for a car holiday to France. 

Earlier we mentioned the possibilities and places of interest in the official part of Northern France. But perhaps there is much more to the north of France. For example, the metropolis Paris and Disneyland Paris could also belong to the north. On the coast are Normandy and Brittany. Going more to the east of France, we think of Alsace, the French Ardennes and the Champagne region.

A weekend, midweek or more than a week on holiday in the North of France. Everything is possible at!