Nord-Pas-de-Calais places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. See also our Nord-Pas-de-Calais travel guide.

Aire-sur-la-Lys (Pas-de-Calais)

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Now officially listed as a 'recommended detour' town, the highlight in Aire-sur-la-Lys is the bailliage, an ornate renaissance style building built in 1600

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Arras (Pas-de-Calais)

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The belfry and the large number of baroque style houses make the centre of Arras very appealing with little clue that most were rebuilt less than 100 years ago after WW1 damage

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Arras Carriere Wellington (Pas-de-Calais)

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Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais)

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The old town with its ramparts, castle and ancient streets are the highlight in Boulogne itself, while nearby there are plenty of good sandy beaches

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Cambrai (Nord)

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Remarkably for the town that was the site of the world's first ever tank batle, Cambrai is very interesting to explore with lots of historical monuments and a high quality museum

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Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez (Pas-de-Calais)

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The Cap Blanc-Nez and the Cap Gris-Nez are classified as Grand sites de France for their beauty.

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Esquelbecq (Nord)

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At Esquelbec you can admire the Flemand style town centre with its Chateau and church, and visit an important war cemetery

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Gravelines (Nord)

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The principal attraction at Gravelines is the fortifications, built by the Spanish in the 16th century and reinforced by Vauban in the 17th century

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Le Touquet (Pas-de-Calais)

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Upmarket Le Touquet is probably the most popular of the coastal resorts in the region, with a lovely beach and wide range of facilties

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Les Jardins de Sericourt (Pas-de-Calais)

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Beautiful garden to visit in the village of Sericourt.

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Lille (Nord)

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The renaissance of Lille over the last 20 years has transformed an industrial town into one of the most rewarding cities in northern France to vist

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Maroilles (Nord)

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It is the riverside setting and the buildings that remain of the abbey complex that once stood here that form the main attraction in Maroilles

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Montreuil (Pas-de-Calais)

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The historic centre of the fortified town of Montreuil is lovely to explore with lots of cobbled streets and shady squares to discover

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Nausicaa (Pas-de-Calais)

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Nausicaa is a large aquarium and sea life centre and one of the top tourist attractions of France

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Roubaix (Nord)

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Although its not a major tourist destination, the centre of the large town of Roubaix has several sights of interest

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Saint-Amand-les-Eaux (Nord)

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Established as a spa centre for more than 2000 years, it is still the spa treatments that attract visitors to Saint-Amand-les-Eaux today

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Saint-Omer (Pas-de-Calais)

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The attractive centre of Saint-Omr is one of the best towns to see houses built in the Flemish style typical of the region

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The Jardin des Lianes (Pas-de-Calais)

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A beautiful garden to visit

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Wimereux (Pas-de-Calais)

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Wimereux is a seaside town with a fine selection of Belle Epoque villas

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Wissant (Pas-de-Calais)

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Wissant is a small seaside town in the north of France which is very popular for surfing and kitesurfing.

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For more information see the Nord-Pas-de-Calais guide