Boasting an attractive city centre, the city of Lille in northern France is served by both Flanders Rail Station and the Eurostar Station. If however you took to the air to arrive, pick up a hire car at the airport and start exploring.
Things to See and Do in Lille
There are a number of great museums to choose from, impressive architecture to marvel at, and scores of restaurants and street cafes offering all manner of French delicacies to delight your tastebuds.
Spend some time at the Grande Place which is also known as the Place Charles de Gaulle. This is the city’s most popular meeting point and a busy social hub. While away an hour or two people watching with an espresso, browse the shops or get lost in a good book at the Voix du Nord bookstore.
Be sure to sample some of the local delicacies such as Maroilles Cheese and Genievre, a wonderful digestif. Maroilles Cheese has been produced in the region since the 10th Century and it’s safe to say that they’ve perfected the art.
Day Trips From Lille
The Scarpe-Escaut Regional Natural Park is just a short jaunt away. Park up and head out to walk the many marked footpaths leading you through beautiful countryside. To complete your afternoon, pack a traditional French picnic of freshly baked baguettes, a chunk of Maroilles, pate and some local wine.
Take a trip to the nearby town of Roubaix, known for its art museum housed within an impressive art deco swimming centre. Other architectural monuments worth visiting are the church and bell tower of Saint Martin and the town hall built during the town’s industrial boom. Architecture enthusiasts will also find the Archive for the World of Work Buildings an interesting insight into the restoration processes put into place to preserve key industrial buildings in the area.