Nord-Pas de Calais is a former French administrative region, bordered by the Belgian border, the English Channel and the North Sea... and to the south by Picardy. At the very top of the French map, and paradoxically very low by the legendary altitude of this dish country as the Great Jacques Brel sang so well.

Nord-Pas de Calais enjoys a large number of clichés which are in fact its real assets: yes, its carnivals are exuberant and its skies often rainy, its friendliness is spontaneous, its industries are at half mast, its beaches are endless and its French-fry huts are in the shade of the belfries.

Nord-Pas de Calais is nonetheless a dynamic and enthusiastic territory, which has entered the 21st century particularly well. The cities smoked by coal and the smoke of the textile industries have taken a magnificent revenge on History, by an intelligent and enlightened reconversion: the streets of Vieux-Lille are dazzling and chic, the old factories of Roubaix or Tourcoing are places of innovation and culture. And from the Flemish country to Hainaut via the Cambrésis, there is no shortage of pleasures to satisfy your appetite for culture, gastronomy or discoveries in the open air.

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45ème édition de l'Enduropale au Touquet

Many spectators are waiting for the 45th edition of the Enduropale du Touquet Pas-de-Calais, one of the biggest sand motorcycle racing events in the world! Several hours of races are scheduled, during which the participants should be well attached to their handlebars, since the 13 km course is exclusively on the beach, with obstacles, bumps and siphons. 5 events are scheduled during the 3 days of competition: the Enduropale du Touquet ...

Rencontre avec des chefs-d'oeuvres inspirées par le noir au Louvre-Lens

The Louvre-Lens museum offers a unique moment of contemplation of masterpieces of modern painting inspired by black as a source of sensuality and poetry. The exhibition Soleils Noirs brings together nearly 180 works, at the crossroads of periods and disciplines, including paintings, elements from the world of fashion, decorative arts, installations and projections that raise questions about the presence of black in art. Is it an absence of ...

Dunkerque, carnaval et grande fête populaire

A wind of madness swirls around Mardi Gras announcing, with the bugle of the brass bands, the carnival season. Millennia old, the tradition hasn't aged a day. On the contrary, it allows you to fall back into childhood every year, accompanied by all the joyful drills of France and Navarre. Masks, float parades, musical parades, balls, bugles and confetti: a miracle recipe to break the monotony of everyday life since the only rule of ...