Discover the magic of Brittany, Normandy and Hauts-de-France with our free travel guide
Now that holidays are firmly back on the agenda, there’s a destination on the UK’s doorstep that’s perfect for your next short break.
The three regions of northern France – Brittany, Normandy and Hauts-de-France – have lots to offer visitors. From sun-soaked beaches to cities brimming with culture to unspoiled countryside, this part of France has it all – and the best bit is, it’s just a short hop from the UK.
For visitors looking for a mix of stunning landscapes, from picture-postcard villages to top-class cities, Hauts-de-France beckons. Lille, with its thriving arts and culture scene, is the region’s capital and a great place to base yourself to discover Hauts-de-France’s northern charm. Don’t forget the miles upon miles of coastline lined by storied seaside resorts like Le Touquet.
Foodies can’t go wrong in Normandy, with its orchard-lined country lanes and more cheeses than you can shake a stick at. Seafood lovers will love the fresh produce on offer at harbour towns like beautiful Honfleur. Visit Bayeux’s excellent museums for more about the area’s dramatic history and to see the Bayeux Tapestry up-close.
At the meeting point of the Channel and the Atlantic Coast, Brittany has plenty to keep outdoors lovers entertained thanks to its seemingly endless beaches and breath-taking countryside. Sample an authentic taste of the region in its bustling university city, Rennes, or explore the castle-studded countryside that is brimming with legends.
What are you waiting for? Visit our Short Breaks in Northern France guide for travel inspiration and get planning your next holiday!