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Nord-Pas- de- Calais is a well-known region that is situated in the Picardy region and it is formed of the Department of Nord and the Department of Pas-de-Calais. This region attracts a great number of tourists every year due to the natural beauty, the historical objectives and the important inheritance that was left behind by the previous generations. The tourists who will visit these lands will discover an immensity of beauty, elegance, genuineness and diversity. Due to the closeness to the English Channel and the North Sea, the influences of Belgium and Netherlands, these lands have many stories to tell.
One of the most popular cities in Nord-Pas-de-Calais is Lille, which is also the regional capital and a city that is, without a wonder, extremely important for the French history and its society’s development. Actually, the reason why most of the tourists are gathering here is the historical and cultural heritage. This entire region is spectacular through its architecture, monuments, squares, museums, churches and entertainment places, but some of the most visited areas are Dunkuerque, Cassel, Roubaix, Avesnes-sur-Helpe, Le Cateau, Le Quesnoy, Arques, Arras, Bercks, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Nausica, Cote d’Opale, Eperlecques, Lens, Montreuils sur Mer and St. Omer. There are over 60 medieval belfries belonging to the Renaissance and Baroque Art periods that are included on UNESCO’s list of the World Heritage Sites.
Those who are passionate about history and are curious to discover the remains of the war that troubled an entire planet, have the opportunity to visit the military cemeteries and the museums and monuments, depending on the chosen areas. The majority of the tourists will decide to visit Lille, Arras, Le Touquet – Paris – Plage, Dunkerque, Calais or Boulogner sur Mer. The beautiful sights and the important objectives that can and must be visited during such a magnificent journey are endless.
In Lile, a city where the powerful architecture and the Flemish elements are often encountered, some of the main attractions are the building of the Old Stock Exchange, the Grand Palace, The Grand Stade, the Modern Art Museum, the Notre Dame de la Treiller and so many more. In Arras, the Wellington Quarry which is the memorial to the Battle of Arras is a piece of history must be visited, the Grand Place is a landmark that reminds people of the ancient times and the Jardins de Sericourt are spectacular outdoor places. In Le Touquet – Paris – Plage, the beaches are the main attractions, along with the Le Touquet Lighthouse, the Casino Barierre du Touquet and the Centre Equestre du touquet Paris Plage.
Dunkerque, a city of a great importance to the French history offers impressive museums, the Memorial du Souvenirm the Zoo Park of Ford Mardyck, Le Beffroi de Saint Eloi or the industrial Le Texel. In Calais, the Town Hall and the Second World War Museum are the most important landmarks and in Boulogne-sur-Mer, the National Centre of the Sea, the Beuriere House, the Castle-Museum and the Saint Nicholas Church are some of the main objectives.