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We publish our most recent features on the main France Tourism page. We index and highlight more features below. Although the majority of our coverage is concerned with crossing with crossing the channel and staying in or vising the North West of France. Predominantly the Nord-Pas-de-Calais, which includes the towns and cities of; Lille, Arras, Boulogne, Calais, Cambrai, Dunkirk, Lens, Roubaix, Saint-Omer, Valenciennes and Villeneuve d'Ascq. We also have some coverage of the areas around Abbeville, Amiens, Beauvais and Saint-Quentin. We also have a number of features connected to Flanders and the coastal area of Belgium.
We aim to respond to user need in our coverage, old features are removed/updated and new information is constantly coming online. If you're looking for something in particular or can't find a resource you have used in the past please let us know. We welcome submissions of user content and recommendations and relevant local information for our listings.
With a trip to Avignon on Eurostar you can look forward to a delightful journey across some of the most beautiful scenery in France. The train can be caught from Ebbsfleet or Ashford as well as London. Once on board you can look forward to a comfortable six hour journey to your destination. This link for more details about the service and the city of Avignon.
Calais boasts very close ties to Britain and there are reminders of our shared past across the town, there are some wonderful stretches of coast in easy reach. Calais is on the doorstep of a breathtaking coastline with miles of huge empty beaches, the fine white sand interrupted only by the cliffs of Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Gris Nez.
Cambrai, a fascinating place steeped in history, it's also the site of a large number of war graves. Follow this link for Cambrai tourist information and hotel/restaurant recommendations.
The direct Eurostar service to Lille is as quick as 90 minutes, making this beautiful city of culture much closer than many destinations in our own region (some would say even to circumnavigate Canterbury at rush hour!).
The cross channel ferry market is now more dynamic than ever as old d routes are revived and traditional ones closed. Relatively speaking prices are as good as they have been for many years. For example this Spring P&O were offering an unrestricted fare of £24 on selected sailing between Dover and Calais, the fare included six free bottles of wine and a two for one deal in the restaurant! More details covering all the routes and all the operators.
We list a few interesting of the places places to eat in Etaples, the most recent feedback sings the praises of Aux Pechers. Etaples is a village just outside of the renown resort of Le Touquet. These links for the local tourism guide and accommodation guide.
Ostend is both to the coastal city in and the municipality that surrounds it, it has long been a destination for tourists coming from the UK and has over the years enjoyed direct ferries and hydrofoils from the channel ports. The local area is in Flanders and comprised of Mariakerke, Stene, Zandvoorde, as well as the city of Ostend itself.
Ferry services between the city and the English channel ports has been something of a hit and miss affair over the years. But even when there isn't a regular direct ferry service from the UK, Boulogne can be easily reached by car or public transport links from Calais.
Gravelines is an interesting place to visit at any time but perhaps you can enjoy it in a different way if you visit in Spring or Autumn. The phrase 'bracing' springs to mind and if In was ever going to write a book, it's the kind of place I'd like to go to for inspiration.
If you miss out on bargains in the local January sales you might like to think about making a trip to Roubaix. This discounts begin on 10th January and the shopping fun continues for four weeks. This link for more information about Roubaix,
Thinking about taking a shopping trip to the channel ports to stock up? The excellent prices on beer and wine are well known but bargains may exist in other areas and some things you can only get in France. We provide some suggestions and share some value added feedback.
Within 3 hours drive from Calais, Honfleur, a busy fishing port on the other side of the magnificent Pont de Normandie, is the ideal destination for a relaxing short break this spring.
Le Touquet has a large number of restaurants and brasseries; reflecting the town's status as one of the leading tourist destinations on the Opal Coast. In general Le Touquet is overpriced its restaurants are no exception
If you've ever travelled between Calais and Boulogne on the dual carriageway (A16), your journey may have been fast and efficient but much of the natural beauty of the Opal Coast (Cote d'Opale) will have escaped you.
Berck boasts an absolutely stunning beach, it's one of the best I've seen and is well known for it's quality in France. The town is twinned with Hythe. Berck has something of a split personality, part traditional fishing settlement and part modern tourist resort.
Dunkirk seems to have enjoyed a good long term relationship with British tourists, perhaps the enduring connection from the WWII evacuation cemented a relationship between the islands and the pretty seaside town. The area has a population of area totals 250,000 so it's quite a bustling place but certainly no metropolis.
Le Touquet is something of an archetypical French resort that the English fell in love with about a century ago. You will find a number of English residents and many tourists from this side of the Channel. Lots to see and do in the summer months, slightly quieter in winter.
Many of the reader of this page and visitors to Flanders will have great familiarity with the area, not least through a common history during times of upheaval and conflict. The area is somewhat dominated by Brussels but contains several gems for anyone wanting to get out and about and do some exploring: Antwerp, Ghent, Hasselt, Bruges, Zeebrugge and the port of Ostend to name half a dozen.
This feature is regularly checked and updated. We encourage submissions of relevant tourist information for a free listing here. If you find that any links are broken or content out of date let us know.
Visiting France & Belgium
As a Kent website Yourcounty has been publishing visitor features for France and Belgium since our inception. We maintain up to 100 pages in this section at any one time, retiring the older ones and replacing the with new or updated features. If you would like to submit content for somewhere or something our users might be interested in send us an email with the relevant details.
Eurostar, Eurotunnel & Ferries
Alongside suggestions of where you might like to go and what you can do when you get there we also try and provide helpful information for people travelling across the channel by ferry, Eurostar and Eurotunnel. As well as general advice and helpful tips. We aim to feature special offers and promotional fares and deals when possible. We welcome your thoughts about when and how to travel just drop us an email.
Feedback and disclaimer
We have based this website on the actual needs and wants of our users. We welcome your thoughts about our coverage and suggestions of what we should and shouldn't include. Our aim is to provide something useful, informative or amusing every time you visit the website, if we don't get this right let us know by sending an email with 'la France ' in the title. We welcome feedback from businesses and tourist authorities in France and Belgium.