Camping in Nord/Pas-de-Calais
20 in France, Nord - Pas-de-Calais
Nord/Pas-de-Calais, with its lush countryside and market towns, is much more than just a stop off en-route to or from the ports. The peaceful rural unspoilt charms of the region provide a real breath of fresh air.
It is most likely that you will both arrive and leave France via this region through the ports of Calais or Boulogne, whether by ferry or via the Tunnel. Centuries of invaders from the north as well as from Britain have influenced the development of the area and from a more recent age, the region around Flanders and the Somme is imprinted with the battles of two Great Wars. The area, however, is predominately rural. Inland and south are long vistas of rolling farmland broken by little rivers and well scattered with pockets of woodland.
The coastline is characterised by sandy beaches, shifting dunes and ports. It is a quiet and sparsely populated area with peaceful villages and churches that provide evidence of the glorious achievements of French Gothic architecture. Boulogne is home to Nausicaa, the world’s largest sea-life centre and from Cap Griz-Nez you may be able to see the White Cliffs of Dover. There are also many huge hypermarkets where you can stock up on wine, beer and cheese.