An introduction to the region of Picardie

The Picardie (Picardy) region of France is one of the least known yet is very easy to reach from the UK making self catering gites in Picardie ideal for family holidays. The region stretches eastwards from its short coastline around Saint Valery-sur-Somme towards Amiens, Beauvais, Saint Quentin and Laon.

The Somme region is well known for its battlefields from the world wars with more cheerful resorts and quaint towns to visit. Its medieval history can best be appreciated in the wonderful cathedrals and abbeys within the Picardie area, earning it the title “Cradle of Gothic architecture”.

Picardie is a rich and fertile area with a fascinating culture kept alive through the exhibitions and festivals of film, theatre, archery and music.

Food and drink-wise the town of Chantilly is known for its rich thick cream and champagne comes from the vineyards at Aisne. Lamb, Maroilles cheese, cider and summer fruits are all produced here to make any holiday in a self-catering villa in Picardie absolutely perfect.

Things to do and places to see

Picardie is the perfect choice for a holiday villa for those who enjoy fishing, cycling, walking and water sports. The region has many leisure parks and over 2000 km of quiet green lanes for cycling and horse riding. More off the beaten track activities include land-yachting, speed sailing, kayaking, gliding and hot air ballooning. Golfers can choose from some of the best golf courses in France.

Market days in the small towns are a delightful cultural experience. Browse the stalls for tasty food to take back to your Picardie holiday rental.

The alluring light and unspoilt coastline lured Degas, Sisley and more modern-day artists to paint these lovely scenes. When you fancy a change from the quiet scenery, Paris is less than an hour’s drive away and offers a great selection of architecture, shopping and culture.

Amiens most unexpectedly has the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe and a beautiful medieval Quartier St Leu which are well worth visiting.

Making the most of your holiday in Picardie

Picardie has very pleasant temperatures for enjoying outdoor activities from May to October. Maximum daytime highs in the summer reach an average 21C (70F) with some short showers.

The pailleuses or straw-weavers show off their furniture making skills at the annual festival of Picard. Tapestry, embroidery, pottery and Le Creuset cookware all come from this area along with stained glass and beautiful jewellery.

Travel to Gites in Picardie

Self catering gites in Picardie are easy to get to by air. The Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport is a 20 minute drive from Picardie and the Paris Beauvais-Tulle Airport serves the southern Oise departement.

Those crossing the English Channel by Eurostar train or ferry to Calais will find that Amiens is just 90 minutes drive away

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