Picardy tourism, exploring the Battefields Tours, the Bay of the Somme with Visit-Somme
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Here you will find your perfect short-break: outdoors and active, parks and gardens, culture and heritage, well-being, golf, remembrance... We take the visitor on a journey to discover the Somme Bay, in the footsteps of the soldiers of the Great War, for a stroll along the riverbanks, or up to the dizzying heights of the Gothic buildings.

Enjoy the fresh air during your walks through the vast open spaces. Explore the beaches and numerous walking trails and cross the golden sand banks with a tour guide at low tide. The bay is one of France's important stopover sites for migratory birds, where settling alongside the harbour seals and salt-meadow sheep, wigeon, shelducks, curlews and oyster catchers come to find shelter and food.

 

Get some fresh air by sand-yachting on the beach at Quend and Fort-Mahon, horse-riding, kayaking in the Somme bay to watch the seals, hiking in the Somme Valley, rafting in Picquigny, taking a guided walk accross the bay between Saint-Valery-sur-Somme and Le Crotoy: sports, leisure activities and nature are all here in the Somme.

 

Beautiful landscapes, bucolic walks, sky lights... come and discover the most beautiful facets of the Somme!

The river Somme, the spinal column of its eponymous department, gently flows through a lush valley that encourages outdoor activities like walking and cycling. Follow this 120 kilometre river through beautiful countryside, which includes chalkbanks and a patchwork of ponds and farmland, right to the Somme Bay, where the river joins the Channel.

The coastal area is a truely magical place. Untamed and teeming with wildlife, it is one of the least built-up coastlines of France. 

 

Historial de la Grande Guerre, étang du Cam©Nicolas Bryant

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The Great War

 

The Somme will ever remained scarred by war. The remains of trenches, shellholes and the many cemeteries and memorials are a constant reminder of the pain that was suffered here 100 years ago.

The Remembrance Trail, a circuit linking Albert and Péronne, two symbolic towns of the Great War, enables visitors to discover the main sites of remembrance on the Western Front in the Somme.

2018 has been an exceptional year of remembrance, where thousands of visitors came to the area in commemoration of the final battles of the Great War and the Armistice, signed on 11th November 1918.

The Somme is not only famous for its prehistoric history and archaeology but also for its Gothic architecture, of which one of the finest examples can be found in Amiens.

Spend some time enjoying the culture and festivities of this city, and its beautiful cathedral, which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage. At the foot of the cathedral, on the canal banks, stand the pretty little houses of the medieval Saint Leu district. The bright façades are now home to bars, restaurants, antique stores and workshops. Don't forget to make a trip to the floating gardens of the Hortillonnages as well!

Cultural outings can be continued at the Picardie Museum and Jule Verne's House. Outside of the city itself, head to Samara to immerse yourself in the prehistory period, Rambures where you'll be sent back to the Middle Ages, and Saint Riquier to visit the magnificent Renaissance style abbey.

 

After a few months of lockdown, we feel like breathe again in great outdoors, XXL landscapes, greenery and chlorophyle. Tourist sites and leisure...