Encompassing the sandy beaches of Pas-de-Calais, the châteaux of Oise, the floating gardens of the Somme and much more besides, the Hauts-de-France contains many of the most beautiful places in northern France. To help you plan your own adventure in this scenic part of the country, we’ve selected some of the best cities and attractions you can visit on a road trip around Hauts-de-France.
Between 23rd and 26th June 2016, the city of Calais will be invaded by enormous machines that run, climb buildings and even breathe fire. No, it’s not War of the Worlds. This spectacular four-day show actually sees two giant mechanical beasts made of wood and metal visit the city: the dragon horse Long Ma and the spider Kumo. Check out our guide to find out why you need to add the Long Ma festival to your Calais itinerary this year.