This spectacular blast hole, 91 metres across and 21 metres deep, is what remains of a series of explosions which took place on 1st July 1916. They marked the beginning of the Battle of the Somme for British troops.
Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is an enchanting medieval town, a haven of peace and quiet where you can stroll along narrow, cobbled streets winding around the church (with 2 naves!) and leading to a little secret garden. Great historical interest combined with a superb view over the Baie from the ramparts!
This is one of the loveliest and most fascinating bays in the world. The Baie de Somme extends over 70 sq.km. from Le Marquenterre headland to Cayeux-sur-Mer. With its superb landscapes, fragile and protected, and entrancing light it has been a 'Grand Site de France' since 2011.
You'll like : An oddity. The whole of Picardy is covered with plots commemorating the Great War. For example, this Chinese cemetery in the Baie de Somme where lie buried workers employed by the British behind the lines. Most of them died of Spanish flu after the war.
You'll like : This truly imposing memorial, designed by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, bears the names of the more than 72,000 British and South African soldiers who have no known grave. In front of the memorial is a cemetery where 300 French soldiers and 300 Commonwealth soldiers are buried.
Outstanding natural site along the Somme valley (going towards the Baie). A maze of peat marshes and pools (one of the largest in the valley), linked by little footbridges which give the impression that you're walking ion water. Good 3km walk - easy - picnic tables.
This memorial, managed today by the 'Souvenir Français', is THE place of Remembrance for French troops who fought in the Battle of the Somme. Surrounding it is the largest French war cemetery in the Somme.
Saint Vulfran collegiate church is a masterpiece of Picardy flamboyant Gothic architecture. Its remarkable façade flanked by 2 towers (with look-out posts) and its nave (in wood like the hull of a ship) remind us that Abbeville was a major sea port in the Middle Ages. Don't miss the altarpieces, ove
The Basilica is a colourful treasure, standing tall over Albert in the 'Pays des Coquelicots' (Land of the Poppies). It is a surprising mix of Byzantine, medieval Spanish and Italian Renaissance. After your tour, you can climb to the top of the bell tower and enjoy a magical view of the town and the