A hidden world less than two hours from Paris.
Here, nature is everywhere. Wild, outstanding and unexpected in the variety of its landscapes.
The Somme is one of the cradles of Prehistoric times. Amiens is home to the biggest Gothic cathedral in France. Further to the east, the battlefields show you what the First World War was really like.
A bike ride with the family in the Picardy countryside, a ride on a sand yacht for the more energetic, before going to taste some authentic local cuisine? In the Somme, it's up to you!
Tourism Offices :
Abbeville 1, place de l'Amiral Courbet, 80100 ABBEVILLE
• Tel. : 0033 18.104.22.168.92
• Fax : 0033 3.22.31.08.26
Ailly sur noyé Place Charles de Gaulle - B.P36, 80250 AILLY-SUR-NOYE
• Tel. : 0033 22.214.171.124.72
• Fax : 0033 126.96.36.199.83
Rue 10 Place Anatole Gosselin, 80120 RUE
• Tel. : 0033 188.8.131.52.94
• Fax : 0033 184.108.40.206.26
Saint piquier Le Beffroi, 80135 SAINT-RIQUIER
• Tel. : 0033 220.127.116.11.72
• Fax : 0033 3.22.28.02.73
Saint Valéry sur somme 2, place Guillaume le Conquérant, 80230 SAINT-VALERY-SUR-SOMME
• Tel. : 0033 18.104.22.168.50
• Fax : 0033 22.214.171.124.34
Vallée de la selle Place du 8 mai 1945 80160 CONTY
• Tel. : 0033 3.22.41.08.18
• Fax : 0033 126.96.36.199.64
The Franco-British Memorial in Thiepval, with its impressive architecture (45 metres high), is visible from miles around. Its pillars bear the inscription of the names of the 73,367 soldiers who died at the front and who lie in unmarked graves. Reception and educational centre.
Tel: +33 (0) 3188.8.131.52
The Newfoundland Memorial in Beaumont-Hamel offers a moving and realistic view of the battles thanks to a network of impressively well-preserved trenches. An educational centre rounds off the visit.
Tel: +33 (0) 3184.108.40.206. www.vac-acc.gc.ca
The Somme Bay
The largest estuary in Northern France is a world famous ecological and residential area of the highest order. In order to fully appreciate its charms, we highly recommend that you contact a local guide. The bay is a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club.
Marquenterre Bird Sanctuary
At the heart of the Somme Bay nature reserve, Marquenterre Bird Sanctuary is a favourite stopping place for thousands of migratory birds. Two different routes offer the chance to observe the birds in total tranquility.
Tel.: 03 22 25 68 99 www.parcdumarquenterre.com
The Somme Bay Railway
Explore the Somme Bay on board a local train from the beginning of the 20th century. Authentic carriages from the Belle Epoque pulled by valiant steam locomotives travel between Le Crotoy, Noyelles-sur- Mer, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme and Cayeux-sur-Mer.
Tel: +33 (0) 3220.127.116.11 www.chemin-fer-baie-somme.asso.fr
The Notre Dame Cathedral in Amiens
Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, the harmony of its proportions, the purity of its lines, and its abundant statuary make it one of the finest examples of Gothic art.
Amiens Métropole Tourist
6 bis, rue Dusevel - 80000 Amiens
Tel: +33 (0) 318.104.22.168 www.amiens.com/tourisme
A mosaic of 300 hectares of market and ornamental gardens separated by little canals in the heart of the city of Amiens. A listed site that can only be accessed by traditional horn-shaped boats.
54 bd Beauvillé - 80000 Amiens
Tel: +33 (0) 322.214.171.124