Baie de Somme (Somme Bay, France): The Musts Before Your travel !

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The musts

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  • 245km of river
  • 100years since 1916

The Somme Bay

Top 14 'must-dos' in the Somme Bay

  • Walk across the bay from Le Croyoy to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme accompanied by a naturalist tour guide
  • Enjoy a spot of land sailing on the long sandy beaches of the Marquenterre
  • Take a trip back in time on the Somme Bay steam train
  • Set off on a pirogue to see the colony of seals that have set up home in the bay
  • Ride a Henson, a little sand-coloured horse that originates from the Somme Bay
  • Come and observe the thousands of birds in the Marquenterre Bird Sanctuary
  • Imagine yourself as a knight for a day in Rambures Castle
  • Breathe in the scent of the magnificent roses of the Valloires Gardens
  • Discover the cheer and exuberance of the villas of the Belle Epoque at Mers-les-Bains
  • Climb up the cliffs between Ault and Mers-les-Bains and enjoy a walk with panoramic views
  • Visit the mediaeval city of Saint Valery with its beautiful pebbled streets
  • Ride a bike along the cycle paths of the bay
  • Make a detour inland to the Royal Abbey of Saint Riquier

Learn all about the Somme Bay

Cheval en baie
Sortie nature, Baie de Somme © Stéphane Bouilland.jpg

A closer look at the Somme Valley!

Top 11 'not-to-be-missed' of the valley

  • Travel the Somme Valley cycle path. Your comfort is guaranteed!
  • Take some height on one of the viewpoints especially designed to help understand the landscapes
  • Enjoy a glass (or even a night) in one of the fully restored lock-keeper houses
  • Savour the finest produce of the region in one of our Bistrot de Pays
  • Experience a fabulous canoe and camping trip along the river
  • Follow in the footsteps of Blaise Cendrars where he fought on the mountain of Frise
  • Take a walk through one of the exceptional natural habitats that can be found along the river
  • Embark on a short cruise along the river
  • Explore the surroundings of the Somme at Froissy, aboard an authentic little train from the past
  • Immerse yourself in the history of Prehistoric France at Samara

City Break in Amiens

Top 7 highlights in and around Amiens

- Climb the towers of Amiens Cathedral, a jewel of Gothic architectur
- Wander through the Hortillonnages, 300 hectares of floating gardens on the edge of the city
- Admire the 'Cathedral in Colours' light display in the summer months and December
- Immerse yourself in the world of Jules Verne by visiting his home of 18 years
- Enjoy a drink in Quai Belu or Place du Don, in the Saint-Leu district
- Descend 30 metres beneath the ground and visit the Underground City of Naours

Learn more about Amiens

Journey along the river from its source to its bay
Festival dans les Hortillonnages ©Gael Clariana

Chapters of history

8 sites of the Remembrance Trail

  • Visit the Historial, Museum of the Great War in Péronne, a renowned museum focusing on the history of the Great War.
  • Descend 10 metres beneath the town of Albert and learn about life in the trenches in the Somme 1916 Museum
  • Visit the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, where over 72,000 men with no known grave are remembered
  • Climb to the top of the Newfoundland Caribou Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel for a moving view of the former battlefield
  • See the enormous Lochnagar mine crater at La Boisselle, created at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, on 1 July at 7.28am
  • Explore Delville Wood and the South African Memorial at Longueval, a former battleground today at peace
  • Take part in the moving ANZAC Day Dawn Service on 25 April at Villers-Bretonneux
  • Participate with the commemorations of the Battle of the Somme at various sites of remembrance on 1 July