Famed for its distinctly rugged charm and its wide offering of important historical monuments and sights; the Nord-pas-de-Calais region draws both nature and history lovers in equal measure. However, there is more to this uniquely French region than first meets the eye; Nord-pas-de-Calais has become somewhat of a culinary and art hot-spot in recent years. So, why not discover some of the surprises that this region has in store when you visit this year? Rent your villas in France through NOVASOL and begin your adventure today.
Beaches in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais
The hills of Flanders and Artois lead right up to the Côte d'Opale, or Opalkysten, where the beaches are surrounded by dramatic cliffs that form the coast towards the English Channel. Here you can enjoy the miles of beaches with harsh cliffs, storms and a beautiful quality of light, which are the origin of the name, the Opal Coast. Along the coast are several famous seaside resorts, including Berck-sur-Mer, Touquet-Paris-Plage, Boulogne-sur-Mer, which is also France's largest fishing port and Calais. Rent villas in France near seaside towns where you will find various restaurants, casinos and more water sports opportunities.
Cuisine in Nord-Pas-de-Calais
The cuisine in Nord Pas de Calais is known for its ‘all in one pot’ specialties such as bouillabaisse with freshwater fish and hochepot – oxtail and other meats stewed with vegetables. Beer in this region is also a particular favourite in the French cuisine, with some cheeses in Cambrai even being matured in local brews. You may also wish to try Grix de Lille, Maroilles or Boulette d’Avesnes on your cheese platter! Those with a sweet tooth will also enjoy the ‘Betise de Cambrai’ – hard mint candies, or perhaps a plate of sticky waffles or tender meringue coated in chocolate whipped cream!
Villas in France in Dunkirk and Calais
The city of Dunkerque, to the English Dunkirk, lies about 20 km from the Belgian border, directly at the entrance of the English Channel. Dunkirk developed from the former fishing village, very fast to a flourishing harbor city and has historically much to offer. In addition to a magnificent 15th-century belfry, the town hall with a magnificent façade is a tourist highlight during your holiday self-catering France, as well as some residential buildings.
At the narrowest point of the English Channel with a width of 34 km is the city of Calais, which also awaits with a lot of interest and sights. On clear days you can see the chalk cliffs of Dover on the British side. With a passenger ship you can transfer from Calais to Dover in a few minutes. Even though a lot has been destroyed in the city of Callais, during World War II, some of the attractions that have been visited so that you will be able to make a lot of trips from your cottage or your holiday rental in Nord-Pas-De-Calais. Visit the magnificent theater building from the 19th century, the numerous Belfriede or even the sculpture "The Citizens of Calais" by August Rodin in front of the Town Hall.
Holiday homes in Nord Pas de Calais
When you stay in a holiday home in Nord Pas de Calais, you are welcome to discover this exciting region bordering Belgium (see our holiday homes in Belgium here) and the coast to England. This means that you can visit both coastal areas and the hilly land on your self-catering holiday. The two largest cliffs of Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez are among the most famous naturual sites in France. All our attractive and comfortable NOVASOL holiday homes and apartments in France are ideal starting points for many excursions and activities. Whatever your requirements, you will surely find the right house for your holiday in France. Book your next holiday at NOVASOL in Nord-Pas-de-Calais and learn a completely different side of France.
Lille - Nord-Pas-de-Calais
The capital of this beautiful region is Lille. This city offers a varied selection of attractions and attractions. In the city you will find several historical monuments and known places, such as The Old Stock Exchange and Paris Ports. Other exciting cities include; Valenciennes, Dunkerque, Calais, Boulogne-sur-Mer and Arras. It is also in this area that you will find several museums and sights surrounding World War II. Rent French villas in Lille and discover the culture and history of this important city.
Flanders in France
Not only the architecture, the food culture, but also the language reminds one of the historical counties of Flanders, which has been a part of France for centuries. On many traditions, the North Franconians still attach great importance today. On your holiday in France, discover this unique region, which, due to its location, has always had to face battles and wars. Many cultural treasures were destroyed but in the preserved old towns in West Flanders, you will find unique architecture and plenty of French history. Particularly noteworthy are the numerous narrow and tall belltowers, which are called Belfriede. They are alone or often part of many churches and town halls. In the north of France and Belgium, 17 of these towers are protected by UNESCO.
Service – Why NOVASOL?
NOVASOL’s selection of holiday homes for rent in France ensures that there is something for everyone. In Nord Pas de Calais you can choose among holiday apartments in the towns, French villas and holiday homes with access to a pool or country cottages with heaps of rustic charm. Simply check our listings online and make your ideal booking from our holiday homes in France. Check out our gites in Brittany, Corsica villas or holiday homes in the French Riviera or even in one of our other 29 European countries.