Easy to reach and rich in history, Picardy has a stunningly beautiful coastline, with mile upon mile of beautiful sandy beaches, and an inland region of forests, castles and waterways.
This is an area exceptionally rich in history, from medieval towns, to iconic seaside resorts and of course, the relics of two World Wars. It’s also a superb area for walking, water sports and bird-watching. Local produce includes salt marsh lamb, Maroilles cheese, and seafood.
With two great Canvas sites for camping, Picardy is close enough to the Channel ports for an easy weekend escape for families or couples. Our campsites are located close to some of the region’s biggest attractions.
La Baie de Somme With its endless vistas of water, marshes and dunes La Baie de Somme is one of France’s best bird watching areas. Explore the wildlife of the Parc de Marquenterre, enjoy a ride on a vintage steam train, or admire the Belle Époque villas of nearby Mers-les-Bains.
Wissant and Cap Blanc-Nez The town of Wissant lies between Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Griz Nez. Local fishing boats called ‘flobarts’ are still launched from the fine sandy beach.
Cap Blanc Nez is the nearest part of France to England, and played a pivotal role in many conflicts. The Atlantic Wall Museum is located in a former German blockhouse, and on a clear day the white cliffs of Dover are clearly visible.
Nausicaa, Boulogne This sea-life centre in Boulogne aims to increase awareness of the ocean and its role in sustaining life of earth. Includes a sea lion reserve, penguin beach and a shark aquarium: meet the pig-nosed turtle and the giant octopus and visit a submerged tropical forest!
Le Touquet If you have a soft spot for seaside resorts Le Touquet presses all the right buttons. Designed as an Anglo-French sporting resort, the town is lively and elegant with more than a touch of Parisian chic. With six miles of sandy beaches and huge pine forests, it offers everything from golf to horse-riding, and from spa treatments to sand-yachting.
La Carrière Wellington, Arras During the Great War, Allied engineers extended the city’s ancient subterranean quarries into a huge network of tunnels that included a hospital and operating theatres. This part of the system was built by New Zealanders and named after their capital city. During the guided tour you can see objects left behind by the soldiers as they waited for the Battle of Arras, and the exit they used to reach the front line.
Amiens The capital of Picardy is famous for its superb Gothic cathedral, built with the proceeds of pilgrimages: its highlights include an astonishing nave and two rare Medieval bronze tombs. On summer evenings, light is projected onto the west front to recreate its original colours. To the east of Amiens lie the many cemeteries and memorials of the Somme battlefields.
To find your perfect campsite in Picardy please use our interactive site finder, call our knowledgeable customer advice team on 01 242 1901, or go straight to the individual campsite pages.