Picardie

Royal, gothic or bucolic

Three large European capitals at the gates to Picardy and the Artois : London, Bruxelles, and Paris : these regions are ideally located to the North of France and in the heart of Europe, in a treasure of preserved nature.

The city of AmiensThe Picardy is the cradle of France, since the Carolingian Kings and the first Valols until the Second Empire. Amongst the towns recognised for art and history, are Amiens, Laon, Beauvais but also Abbeville, Saint-Quentin and Soissons, Noyon, Compiegne and Senlis.

The Cathedral of Amiens listed as World Heritage by UNESCO is two times bigger than that of Notre Dame de Paris.From the royal chateaux of the Oise to the fortified churches of Thierache, the Picardy is rich in historic monuments: it’s the 2nd region in France for the largest number of Listed Historic Monuments. It is there, the birth of the largest cathedrals of the Middle Ages. The Cathedral of Amiens listed as World Heritage by UNESCO is two times bigger than that of Notre Dame de Paris.

With the Compiegne forest, the massifs of Retz, Chantilly, St-Gobain, Crecy..... the Picardy possesses more than 320 000 hectares (786 240 acres) of woodland.

This region is a privileged place to observe the fauna and flora with the Somme Bay which is the largest estuary of Northern France with nearly 72km2. Its very large opening into the channel, is more than 5km from the point of Hourdel to that of Saint Quentin in Tourmont, and offers according to the tides and seasons, some exceptional landscapes.

Picardy offers remarkable facades, squares, period houses and many other hidden treasures. Picturesque villages in the countryside to major cities, Picardy is a region that is worth a visit. During your walks, you can discover the local specialties thanks to the cooking made with good products. From cooked meats to fruits and vegetables through the cheese and wine, you will discover all the local specialties. Picardy belongs to the southern edge of North-West Europe; therefore there are wet and cold air masses coming from the North Atlantic Ocean during the whole year, however, it is warmed by more warm waters from the North Atlantic Drift.