Picardy, lies between Paris and Calais, and is a relatively unknown region of France, even for the French. It’s a historic province of northern France, it boasts attractive countryside as well as historic towns and cities. It’s only a 1 and a half hour drive from Paris, and a 3 and a half hour journey from Dover, UK so it makes the perfect place for a long weekend away from the hustle and bustle.
Picardy is renowned for it’s rolling valleys, lush meadows and verdant woodland and the region also has a small section of unspoilt coastline, offering impressive sand dunes, striking cliffs and sandy beaches. There are plenty of places to visit, from major historic sites including some of France’s finest medieval cathedrals and the battlefields of the First World War, to fine châteaux and old towns ….. not forgetting the famous Asterix theme park near Chantilly.
So if you’re looking for ‘romantic escapades à la française’ get in touch with Esprit de Picardie who, through their network of local experts, can help to tailor your trip. So whether you’re after a fairy tale castle in Chantilly or a Michelin Star extravaganza at Château de Pierrefonds, leave the organising to someone else so you can enjoy some quality time with your better half!
In fact, Château de Pierrefonds, is so beautiful it has often been used as a location for filming including the 1998 version of The Man in the Iron Mask with Leonardo DiCaprio and the castle also serves as Camelot for the BBC series Merlin.
If you’d like to find romance in Picardy, visit the Esprit de Picardie website to start exploring options, then all that’s left is to decide your mode of transport, kick back and enjoy the ride!
Getting to Picardy:
By train from Paris Gare du Nord , or from Lille, Calais or Boulogne
By car from the UK: the easiest way is to cross to Calais, then drive down either of the motorways in the direction of Paris or Reims. Whether taking the A16, the A26 or the A1 motorway, drivers driving south from Calais will find themselves in Picardy within an hour.
By plane: Beauvais has an airport with direct low-cost flights from the UK. Otherwise, Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport is just a few kilometres from the southern limits of the Picardy region.