Prepare for your next holiday with this beautiful guide to Northern France

PUBLISHED: 12:11 14 December 2020 | UPDATED: 14:44 14 December 2020

The beautiful Côte-d'Opale (c) CRTC Hauts-de-France / Sébastien-Speller

The beautiful Côte-d'Opale (c) CRTC Hauts-de-France / Sébastien-Speller

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This new free magazine Esprit Hauts-de-France is 52 pages of pure escapism that will inspire you to plan a holiday to Northern France

Just a short Eurotunnel, Eurostar journey or ferry crossing away, Hauts-de-France offers just the change of scenery that we have all been craving this year. Lockdown has not stopped us dreaming of and planning for our future holidays, and thoughts of our next getaway have perked us up during the daily grind. The new free Esprit Hauts-de-France magazine from Hauts-de-France tourism will transport you to a land of infinite horizons, gardens, châteaux, history and gastronomy.

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Written by Brits who have long since fallen in love with the area, the guide will help you discover some secret spots and must-see places to put on your trip itinerary. Did you know, for example, the Marne Valley in Aisne is home to several wine-growers who together produce 10% of France’s Champagne? While, some fantastic restaurant and accommodation recommendations throughout the magazine will save you time researching.

Yes, there are Champagne vineyards in Hauts-de-France (c) Miki1988 / Getty ImagesYes, there are Champagne vineyards in Hauts-de-France (c) Miki1988 / Getty Images

If it is rest and relaxation you are seeking, the guide will introduce you to the epicurean delights of Montreuil-sur-Mer and take you on a road trip along Opal Coast. Couples will find inspiration for a romantic château break off the beaten track, and keen golfers can get the lowdown on where to tee off and find out how the courses tie in with French history.

If you want a more invigorating holiday, the guide explains why cycling the ‘Green Avenue’ is an incredible way to discover the region. Or for a rewarding hill climb, the guide recommends Loos-en-Gohelle; “a salute to the rising sun at the top of one of the slag heaps is something you’ll never forget.”

Thiepval Memorial in Somme (c) CRTC Hauts-de-France / N. BryantThiepval Memorial in Somme (c) CRTC Hauts-de-France / N. Bryant

For those aching to return to a bustling city for a weekend of sightseeing and culture punctuated with a few nice cold beers, you would do well to set your sights on Lille. Read the guide to learn about the town’s brewing heritage and where to get a good pint.

History buffs can get a taste of what’s on offer at the new immersive museum in Agincourt and discover the places of remembrance that are creating a path of peace throughout the Hauts-de-France.

Read the magazine online or order a free print copy so that you can lose yourself thumbing through the pages at your leisure.

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