Whether you are looking for a city break, a weekend in the countryside or a cultural excursion you will find all these in a visit to the French city of Lille. Located in the North of France, Lille is a fantastic city with so many interesting things to do and experience. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, B&Bs, apartments, youth hostels, gites and campsites.
There are some lovely places to walk around in Lille especially along the Deule River. Tourists can also take a scenic cruise along the river by boat or barge. Visitors will find a number of tennis courts in the area as well as a few fine golf courses including one at Bondues near Lille. The city has other things to do with plenty of theatres, cabaret and a bowling centre.There are many bars, cafes and restaurants in Lille with a huge variety of cuisine including traditional French, Flemish as well as international dishes. Lille has a wide variety of shops with the old town the place to find fashion and design items, while the city centre and pedestrian streets have more department stores. The Wazemmes area has bazaars and discounts shops. Place de la Nouvelle Aventure has a bustling Sunday morning market.
There are a number of interesting places to visit such as museums and galleries including the Museum of Fine Art, The Contemporary Sacred Art Centre and Charles de Gaulle’s birthplace and museum. Lille also boasts some beautiful gardens such as The Botanical Gardens and Greenhouse, The Vauban Garden and The Garden of Giants. Visitors with children may also like to visit the zoo at the Citadelle Park.Guided tours of the city and the surrounding areas are offered with visits crossing the border to Bruges in Belgium. Visitors may also like to take a trip to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and other attractions, which can take about one hour by train.
The climate in North East France is similar to Southern England with the warmest months normally July and August and the coldest December to February. Average high temperatures in Lille are about 22 degrees centigrade in July and August. In January the average high is five degrees centigrade, but temperatures can fall below zero in winter. Rainfall is moderate in the summer with June and July averaging about eight hours of sunshine per day.
Lille has two train stations in the city centre, which are both served by the subway and the tram. Lille Flandres Station has a direct service to Paris, which takes about one hour. Lille Europe Station has services to London (80 minutes journey) and Brussels (38 minutes with Eurostar).Lille-Lesquin International Airport is just outside the city and has flights to and from various French cities as well as Alicante, Algiers, Casablanca, Marrakech, Milan, Pisa and Porto. Brussels Zaventem Airport has a bigger choice of destinations including many major European cities as well as some destinations in Canada, China and United States. Car rental companies are represented at desks in the arrivals hall including Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.