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The Picardy region includes the Baie de Somme and much of the river's plains, including the atmospheric, memorial dotted fields of French Flanders. Picardy also offers beautiful rural views, rich cuisine and plenty to pique the interest of travellers with a cultural bent. Some of the best places to stay in Picardy are places in which to relax, recharge and reflect, on beautiful vistas, fresh air and hard won peace.
Amiens is Picardy's capital, much famed, unfortunately, for its own role in both World Wars. Amiens was almost entirely rebuilt after WWII, but many of its visitors come because of its position within the First World War. Amiens occupied some of the most contested land in all of history, the Western Front.
Like Amiens, nearby Arras suffered terrible shelling during both wars, but this town's old architecture was carefully rebuilt and restored, so if you're looking for old Amiens, visit Arras. Modern Amiens, Arras and Laon are actually lively places, with plenty of interesting cultural attractions, and pretty vistas.
Outside of the towns and cities, on Flanders fields, you'll find the beautiful, stark memorials to those lost on both sides, and from the numerous different armed forces fighting for the Allies. Some of the most poignant places to visit are the tunnels at La Boisselle, which were dug by soldiers in preparation for the battle of the Somme, and the crater pocked battlefield and preserved trenches at Vimy Ridge.
Remembering the fallen isn't the only reason to visit Picardy. The Baie de Somme is a beautiful place, known for its wonderful artist-inspiring light - both Degas and Seurat painted its moods extensively. The mouth of the Somme is also home to seals. The estuaries along Picardy's small stretch of coast are also well known by birdwatchers.
And if you're travelling with kids you might be interested to hear that Picardy is also home to Parc Asterix.
The region is also very accessible from Calais and Boulougne, so the best places to stay in Picardy can make great stopping off points on the way either to or from a ferry.
A top of the range hotel and spa on the coast. Stunning rooms and suites combine traditional materials with contemporary presentation for chic effect. Fabulous restaurant serves traditional cuisine with an inventive twist, outstanding spa facilities, and large conference rooms.
Le Crotoy, Picardy
A red bricked turreted house. Simple, airy rooms with crisp white linen overlook the sea front. A host of surrounding cultural and sporting activities keep children and adults alike occupied. The restaurant serves excellent seafood. The ideal place for a family holiday.
Peaceful hotel in 300-year old farmhouse. Light rooms have wrought iron beds, modern furniture and bathrooms. Outdoor heated pool, and gardens. Wonderful cuisine of game and fish in the charming restaurant. Spacious, laid-back and good value.
A beautiful chateau just outside Reims and Picardy. Boutique rooms and suites mix modern design with traditional materials and colours. Fabulous gourmet restaurant serves French cuisine, top of the range spa, acres of parkland to explore by foot, horse or bike. Romantic, gourmet, and lots to do.
A luxury Art Deco B&B with beautiful rooms and romantic gardens. Rooms and suites are decorated in stunning colours with murals on the walls and all the mod cons. A charming Italianate courtyard and boxed hedge gardens. Romantic and close to the river.
Fere En Tardenois, Picardy
5* chateau set in 60 acres of parkland. Opulent bedrooms feature silk and velvet furnishings, chic wallpapers, claw foot bathtubs and views of the ruins and gardens. Spa, sauna, indoor pool, outdoor pool and tennis court. Superb French cuisine in wooden dining room. A luxurious and stunning stay.
A Five Star chateau with a fantastic spa, Michelin star restaurant, and sumptuous rooms. Traditional elegant interiors have antique furniture, toile du jouy fabrics, and marble floors. 160 acre racecourse and stable yard provide ample opportunity for polo and riding. A sophisticated country escape.