Cheap flights to Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Nord for short, is one of the 27 regions of France. It is located to the north of the French capital Paris, situated on the English Channel at the point closest to the English coast. It is comprised of the departments of Nord and Pas-de-Calais. It borders Belgium in the north and east, the English Channel in the west, and the North Sea in the northwest. Its capital is Lille.

The majority of Nord-Pas-de-Calais was once part of Southern Netherlands but eventually became a part of France during the reign of King Louis XIV. Artois, French Flanders and French Hainaut, and portions of Picardy were the historical French provinces before Nord-Pas-de-Calais, but these provincial designations are still frequently used by the inhabitants, offering them a sense of civic pride.

What to see & do

There are plenty of places and activities to enjoy within Nord-Pas-de-Calais. For Canadian and World War I buffs, Vimy will surely be a treat. This column of limestone surrounded by allegorical figures is home to an interpretive centre and two small cemeteries. There’s also La Coupole, an underground bunker near St. Omer, Pas-de-Calais, which was once home to Nazi Germany's V2 rocket programme. It now houses a museum dedicated to the history of the programme, which includes links to the space race. This is a great, interesting educational place to visit, with audio guides in English, French, Dutch, and German. Tour around La chocolaterie de Beussent Lachelle, the artisanal chocolate workshop at Beussent; here you can learn the secrets of chocolate-making through a highly entertaining presentation, with a free sample included. There’s also the man-made Grottes de Naours, which are caves carved out of the chalky rock 33 metres below ground level. There are guided tours that explain the history of the caves. You can see England from Cap Gris-Nez and Cap Blanc-Nez, and even the White Cliffs of Dover, as well as ships on the busiest shipping channel in the world.

How to get around within Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Nord-Pas-de-Calais has a dense and complex transport system of highways, railways, airport, and seaports to support its urbanised population. You can get around by driving as there are nine high highways passing through the region: A1 between Lille and Paris, A2 towards Brussels, A26 between Calais and Troyes, A16 between Dunkirk and Paris, A25 between Dunkirk and Lille, A21 between Bouvignies and Pecquencourt, A22 between Lille and Ghent, A23 between Lesquin and Valenciennes, and A27 between Lille and Tournai. The region’s runways are operated by Eurotunnel and TER-Nord. The 50-kilometre Eurotunnel links the region to the United Kingdom while the TER-Nord, which is the regional network set by the SNCF and is under control of the Conseil régional, links the major cities and villages throughout Nord-Pas-de-Calais.

How to get there

Lesquin Airport, located in Lesquin, seven kilometres (four miles) south-southeast of Lille, is the primary air platform of the region. It is originally a regional air transport, but now has numerous international routes to and from Europe and Maghreb. The airlines that serve the airport are Aigle Azur, Air Algérie, Air France, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, HOP!, Jetairfly, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, France, Tunisair, Volotea, and Vueling. Another way of getting in is to take the train from Paris or Brussels to Lille.

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