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Sustainable Tourism in Hauts de France

Second most populated region in France, the Hauts-de-France cover 31.800 Km² and counts five departments.

If you are looking for an eco-responsible hotel, a locavore restaurant or a sustainable tourism activity that suits your eco-friendly lifestyle, Holiable helps you make your choice through a selection of sustainable tourism activities.

Travelling sustainably in Hauts de France

The Hauts de France Region is easily accessible for eco-friendly travellers. Connected to Paris, London, Brussels and Strasbourg, the Region is very well located.

Les Hauts de France is a territory for nature lovers, culture fans,heritage and history.

The region has 190 km of coastline, stretching from the famous beaches of Dunkirk to the beaches of Cayeux les Bains and passing through the bay of somme, a unique ecosystem in France.

It counts 5 regional natural parks, museums, and numerous listed heritage sites (even the slag heaps of the Pas de Calais), in short it has some good surprises in store for you.

Eco-friendly lodging

Our advice to book eco-friendly lodging in Hauts-de-France

  • Always prefer direct booking to participate in sustainable, fair tourism practices
  • Natural areas of the region, count numerous eco-friendly possibilites
  • Check the sustainable principles of the accomodation you are staying at and make sure you respect them during your stay
  • Read reviews of sustainable travellers that went there before you, find them here
  • Explore the region on foot, by bike, train or on horseback
  • Don’t forget to relax

Food and Drink

Our tips about Haut de France gastronomy

  • Like many other french regions, the gastronomy here is rich and is part of the heritage
  • First agricultural region in the country, the Hauts de France counts numerous farm-to-table eateries, and all diets can be pleased whether you’re a flexitarian or a vegan
  • Salicorne salads in Baie de Somme, Andouille in Arras or Cambrai, Maroilles for the bravest, topped with a pint of regional craft beer (drink responsibly). Each city will surprise your taste buds
  • Remember that the level of service is not necessarily the same from one country to another but be aware that the residents of the Hauts de France are renowned for their sense of hospitality (the people of the north, have in their hearts the sun they do not have outside…)


Tips and activity ideas for sustainable travellers

  • Rule number one : never forget your raincoat. It’s always sunny here (not), but you better be safe
  • Enjoy the coastline or natural parks

For example:

    • A stopover in the bay of somme to discover its exceptional ecosystem. In good weather, you will probably see seals sunbathing there.
    • A discovery of the Hortillonnages d’Amiens, floating gardens in the heart of the city
    • A hike on one of the many hills of Flanders, will give you a 360° view of the region (when the weather is good)
  • Culture & Heritage
    • Cathedral or Belfries fans ?
    • You’ll be thrilled: six gothique cathedrales built between the 12th and the 16th centuries. Belfries in almost each town (symbols of cities welth, the higher the richer) 23 of them are classified
    • Who said you needed to go to Paris for museums
    • Many museums are located in the region and not the least. The Louvre in Lens (no, you won’t see the Mona Lisa there), the City of Lace in Calais, or the Matisse Museum in Cateau Cambrésis… a lot of choice (and museums on rainy days, can save your day)
    • The region is also a landmark for remembrance tourism, as it was a central location of WWI & WWII conflicts
  • For the sports fans :
    • Nature hike, canoeing in the hortillonnages and why not a little Kite Surf on the beaches of Wimereux, not to forget sand-yachting on the long beaches of the North. If it’s cold, a little Maroilles Pie and you’ll be back on track