France’s Friendliest City
Located just 1 hour from Calais, France’s 4th largest city offers lovely cobbled streets and squares, impressive Flemish architecture, streets of great shops and boutiques, the massive Euralille shopping complex, gastronomic restaurants and a lively nightlife.
With its red brick houses and beer-and-bars culture, Lille confounds many of the French stereotypes, yet has a rich architectural and artistic heritage and is today the dynamic capital of the country’s fourth largest conurbation. The city offers an active cultural and nightlife scene, blockbuster-art shows, street and theatre festivals and the lovely Opéra de Lille. There are also plenty of annual events, including Tourcoing jazz festival, the springtime soup festival and, above all, the Grande Braderie de Lille, held each first weekend of September, when over a million people descend on the city for a massive antiques and junk market that spreads out over 200km of city streets in a traditional attic clearout dating back to the Middle Ages.
Located on the site of the old castle of the Counts of Flanders, work was started in 1854 but not completed until 1999!
Founded by Jeanne of Constantinople, Countess of Flanders, in 1237. A museum preserving examples of Lilles rich history.
32, Rue de la Monnaie 59000 LILLE 03 28 36 84 00Website
Spread over 11 hectares with a monumental rose garden with waterfalls and a tropical glasshouse which has a top floor reached by three staircases.
Founded in 1835, as a museum of industry and textiles. The fine arts section opened in 1862 and there is now a large exhibition hall for temporary shows and catwalk for fashion parades.
Musee d'Art et d'Industrie 23, Rue de l'Espérance 59100 ROUBAIX 03 20 69 23 60Website