Nord Pas de Calais is the most north easterly region of France, bordering Belgium to the east and the Channel to the north and west. It is a rural region of contrasting landscapes, but from the varied coastline to the forested hills, Nord Pas de Calais is a proud region, with strong traditions and a warm welcome to those visitors who spend the time to really get to know this magnificent region before chasing the sun south.
This is a region with some of the most dramatic scenes from France’s history, and there whilst it does not wallow in the past, the historical monuments and battle fields are beautifully looked after and presented. Historians could happily take a chateau in Nord Pas de Calais for many years.
The beaches of Nord Pas de Calais, although not much warmer than those of the South of England, are a huge asset from rental properties in Nord Pas de Calais. Sand-yachting has become a local obsession in some parts of Nord Pas de Calais, (Wimereux and Boulogne beaches), or you can surf and kite surf from Wissant Beach.
Walkers and cyclists have been coming to Nord Pas de Calais chateau for many years to retreat into the Guines Forest or ramble into the countryside to discover pea-green lakes, magnificent castles and the birdlife in the coastal reserve at Platier d’Oye.
Those looking to discover the unique culture of the region from a Nord Pas de Calais holiday rental property are in luck. The mixture of French and Belgium styles which have come to be in Nord Pas de Calais is richly celebrated through fairs, fetes and festivals throughout the year, when the famous local cheeses, mustards, mussels and beers can be sampled and bought.
The department of Nord is home to the city of Lille, a vibrant and exciting town where passengers on the Eurostar first arrive. The city has had a very turbulent past, and as a result, there are some beautiful buildings with influences that you would not expect to see for many hundreds of miles. It is well worth investigation due to the number of unusual cultural treasures, not to mention the exquisite restaurants which hide among the older buildings.
Pas de Calais has the pick of the seaside resorts, offering a youthful atmosphere and many exciting and new adventure sports which beginning to thrive. It is a beautiful rural department, ideal for walking, cycling, and sailing or merely relaxing among beautiful natural scenery.
The climate of Nord Pas de Calais is very similar to that of the south of England, largely due to its proximity.
Nord Pas de Calais is extremely well connected to the south coast of England too, with ferries running from many ports to the French ports of Calais, Dunkirk and Boulogne sur Mer. Lille Airport is served by BMI, which provides flights direct from Leeds Airport. The Channel Tunnel also arrives into Calais, so there are numerous options for reaching a self catering Nord Pas de Calais chateau or gite.