The region of Hauts-de-France was created in 2016, by the unification of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy. It is the northernmost region of France, being bathed by the English Channel. Hauts-de-France is known for the numerous battlefields and memorials from the First World War. Its capital, Lille, is a cultural hub with attractive historic buildings, the incredible citadel of Lille", a star-shaped fortress built in 1667-1670 hosting the Headquarters Rapid Reaction Corps-France. Another large city in Hauts-de-France is Amiens with stunning floating gardens (hortillonages) on the canals, a majestic medieval cathedral, and exquisite hotels such as Place de l'Hôtel de Ville. Attractions in this province include 23 belfries of Belgium and France, a group of historical monuments designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. The monuments are found throughout the cities.
Population: almost 6 million
Other major cities: Amiens, Roubaix, Tourcoing, Dunkirk, Calais, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, Arras, Boulogne-sur-Mer
Main attractions: 23 belfries of France (historic buildings), La Coupole, Chateau de Pierrefonds, Terres de Memoire - Somme Battlefields, Vimy Memorial, Parc Asterix, Marais Audomarois, Cap Blanc Nez, La Piscine Museum, Somme Museum, Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin, Caps et Marais d’Opale regional natural park, Les places (Arras)
Nearest Airports: Beauvais–Tillé Airport (BVA -Aéroport de Beauvais), Lille Airport (LIL - Aéroport de Lille)