Whether it’s Clovis in Soissons, Hugues Capet in Senlis and in Noyon… from early Gothic to flamboyant Gothic, your stay in Picardy will help you (re)discover whole sections of French history.
Whether you choose to follow the historic route from Romanesque to Gothic that cuts through the royal forests of the Oise, or the “Route du Lys de France et de la Rose de Picardie” (Picardy French Fleur-de-Lys and Rose Trail) that runs from Saint-Denis to Boulogne-sur-Mer, the Valois Trail, that of the Field of Cloth of Gold or that of the archers... your stay in Picardy will be focusing on history.
Follow the trail from Neolithic sites to Celtic fortresses, from France’s largest archaeological digs in Samara to the underground shelters in Naours, from forts to abbeys... not to forget the six Picard cathedrals: the “Stone Bible” in Amiens, listed by Unesco, Laon Cathedral, ever so airy, and in Beauvais, the “Parthenon of architecture”...
As a place for the good life, Picardy can also celebrate history in its very own style: historical re-enactments, Saint-Jean bonfire festivals, the Flower Festival, the Fireworks Festival or Derby races in Chantilly…
Whether gourmet or gastronomic, your stay is bound to give you nice surprises: duck pâté in Amiens, maroilles tart in the La Thiérache area, shellfish in the Bay of Somme, “rissoles” (roast bites) in Laon, “croustillons” (crisp donuts) in Saint-Quentin, red berries in Noyon and Chantilly whipped cream.
In Amiens, sail through the floating gardens in a “barque à cornets” boat. Or admire birds in their thousands in the Bay of Somme or the Cessières Marsh botanical reserve.
The parks and greens of Picardy also offer numerous sports activities: rides in horse-drawn carriages, golfing, hiking, cycling, angling, hunting and of course, horse riding. For Picardy is the “land of the horse king” and Chantilly, where the “Live Horse Museum” is located, is the French horse-riding capital. Why not consider a hiking stay?
Given the riding alleys in Compiegne, the prestigious racecourses, the equestrian centres and the pure-bred training facilities, you will understand why the region is so proud of its thousands of horses, particularly those of the fully-regional Henson breed.
There are one thousand two hundred kilometres of rivers running through Picardy’s three departments. The northern canals - Péronne-Noyon, Saint-Quentin-Chauny, Oise to Aisne and Ourcq – cross a great variety of landscapes. Anglers will be tempted to challenge their prey in the lakes of the Somme, the Noye Valley, the La Thiérache area, the Soissonnais area, the Oise River, etc.
The coast will appeal to water sports enthusiasts eager for long sandy beaches, the view over the Bay of Somme, the strings of pebbles and the lovely chalk cliffs.
If you’re thirsting for nature and diversified leisure, book your stay in Picardy at one of the Logis hotel restaurants listed in the three departments that make up the Picard Region.