Pas-de-Calais, a Tiny Paradise
Take advantage of 120 km of shoreline along the Opal Coast, a green, blue, and grey landscape of beaches, dunes, and cliffs. Sail over the waves of the sea, or the dunes of the sand, or crash through the surf on horseback.
Step further inland to the marshy greens of St. Omer, or to the Artois hills, where cities like Béthune and Arras bear signs of their long and rich histories. Cycle through villages, ramble across meadows, or fish for trout in the streams that criss-cross the region. Crawl through a WWI bunker, visit the final resting place of compatriots who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, or admire a town’s Art Deco construction. No matter what your taste, you can find it in Pas-de-Calais.
Speaking of taste, there are plenty of tasty dishes for you to sample in the region as well. From the hearty hochepot (hotchpot), to the refined rabbit and prune stew, regional cooking always tastes “like grandma made it.” Try a fine ale to accompany your meal. Afterwards, whether you sample the creamy Coeur d’Arras or the smelly Vieux Bologne, the region’s diverse character is carried through to even its cheeses.
Food is so beloved that there are festivals to celebrate it, like the Licques Turkey Festival in December, where those wishing to join the Brotherhood of Licques Turkey are given a test and made a knight if they pass.
For the ultimate in comfort, stay in a châteaux, or for a more rugged experience, sleep under the stars at one of the many campgrounds. There is, of course, also everything in between.
When you arrive, be sure to contact the local tourism office for personal suggestions on where to go and what to see. Take your time to enjoy paradise, in Pas-de-Calais.