Hauts-de-France is easy to reach from the UK with regular ferries from Dover to Calais, a direct Eurostar train from London to Lille and only a few hours from Paris, so it is popular with visitors. The region was a major battleground during both the First and Second World Wars and many visitors come to see the battlefields, memorials and museums. There is also much beautiful countryside, picturesque coastline and a few lively towns, including Lille, to explore.
The food and culture in the region is heavily influenced by neighbouring Belgium and you will find Flemish beer is as popular as wine here and you may also hear Flemish still being spoken.
Average property prices in this region vary from €1,954/m2 for houses and €2,412/m2 for apartments.
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