City of Lille
Historically, it has also been the capital of Flanders, and later an industrial powerhouse, thanks to which it now boasts a large and handsome historic centre. The night life, thanks to the city’s large student population, is cutting edge and lively. It is a diverse, dynamic, and beautiful city – there is something in Lille that will appeal to everyone.
Basic tourist information
Lille (map) is the capital of the Hauts-de-France region (Nord-Pas-de-Calais & Picardy.) in northern France, within a 90-minute train ride from Paris, Brussels and London.
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Lille hosts an annual braderie (La Braderie in Lille) on the first weekend in September. Its origins are thought to date back to the twelfth century and between two and three million visitors are drawn into the city. It is one of the largest gatherings of France and the largest flea market in Europe.
Place du Général-de-Gaulle (map). The main square of Lille. It has many beautiful, Flemish inspired buildings. There are myriad restaurants, bars, and stylish shopping centers located around the square.
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Place de la République (map). A famed museum covering European art from the 15th to 20th century. There are myriad events open to all, including night events and festivals.
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The *French Riviera (Côte d’Azur, map), in southeastern France, is the second leading tourist destination in the country, after the Parisian region. Main cities on the French Riviera include Nice (map), Antibes (map) and Cannes (map); Cap Ferrat (map) is also a popular destination.
Provence – numerous famous natural sites can be found in the region, as the Gorges du Verdon (map), the Camargue (map), the Calanques National Park (map) and the typical landscape of *Luberon.
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Transport around Lille
The coach companies compete with rail on price, which means they usually are somewhat cheaper than trains, sometimes much cheaper, especially if booked in advance. Trains will be more comfortable and sometimes much faster.
ilevia.fr – Public transport of Lille.
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