Cheap flights to Nord-Pas-de-Calais

If Ile-de-France has a history of being the artistic centre, it's Nord-Pas-de-Calais from which industries used to flourish. Here is where the textile industry first grew and prospered, while coal mines provided the power to sustain the other industries in the region. One thing that first-time visitors will notice is the distinct identity of the people. This is due to the region's proximity to Belgium and England, which has influenced not just the residents' roots but also their present way of life.

Nord-Pas-de-Calais began as a prosperous region due to the development of the cloth-making industry in the Middle Ages. It was also conquered by the English in the Hundred Years' War around 1347, but the people maintained their loyalty to the French crown. It was only in 1558 that Calais went back to the French fold after a long siege by the Duke of Guise, the representative of Henry II of France.

Despite the conflict with its neighbours, the industries in Nord-Pas-de-Calais maintained their growth through the years. This situation, however, turned around at the end of World War II, when a large part of Europe became deindustrialised. Despite this, the charm of the region is still alive and burgeoning, making Calais and the cities some of the nicest places to visit in the country.

Travellers going to this northern region of France will be charmed to see the mixing of cultures between the French, English, and the Flemish. This influence is particularly evident in the architecture in the city of Lille. The impressive touch of Flemish Renaissance can be seen in various landmarks such as Veille Bourse, Rang du Beauregard, and Palais Rihour. Another monument to look forward to is the Column of the Goddess, which symbolises the French resistance against Austrian forces in 1792. On the top of a column is the female deity which has helped inspire the people to maintain their courage.

From Lille, tourists can go to Calais, the French city that serves as a main port of entry from the sea for travellers coming from England. Calais is filled with historical landmarks such as the Burghers of Calais, a sculpted work of Rodin that represents the six brave men who surrendered for their city in front of King Edward III in 1347. After touring, travellers can visit the coastlines where they can relax the day away on the beach.

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

Public transportation in the region makes it convenient for travellers to go from one city to another. The TER Nord-Pas-de-Calais, the train system, has 24 routes ready to take passengers. Tickets and timetables can be accessed online on their website for easier booking. All the stations also offer information booklets for travellers to minimise any confusion.

Bus networks are available in each city of the region. Lille, for instance, has an extensive bus system running through more than 65 urban routes. Intercity buses can also be found in Colvert Littoral as it connects the region to the Gravelines, Boulogne, Ardres, and other spots.

Travellers who prefer to drive can also find various companies offering cars for hire. Enquiries at the airport will make the lookup easier, so tourists can immediately drive to their destination in the region. There are also a wide range of taxi companies to choose from. It would be better, however, to rely on public transport when it comes to long-distance ground travel to prevent high fees.

How to get there

Overseas travellers going to Nord-Pas-de-Calais will most likely land on Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, the largest international airport in France. From there, tourists can book connecting flights or commute via the extensive train system to Nord-Pas-de-Calais. 

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