Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
If you had to retain just one date in Lille's calendar, it would be the first weekend in September, when the famous Braderie is held. As long as you do not mind crowds, this popular event is for you. On the agenda: secondhand stalls, moules-frites (mussels and fries) and a convivial atmosphere!
Beyond this institution, Lille has much to charm visitors all year. With Lille 3000, the city is asserting itself as a cultural metropolis and bringing events (exhibitions, concerts, shows and so on) to the heart of the city.
In Lille, people love to party and for the best experience, plan to be there from Wednesday evening and head out into rue de Solférino and rue de Masséna, which are the haunts of night owls and students. For a slice of tradition, if you're not put off by the cold winter, don't miss the Christmas market. On the other hand, the city is practically deserted in summer, the driest season.
Formalities and useful addresses
Lille Visitor and Convention Bureau – www.en.lilletourism.com
Lille Visitor and Convention Bureau – Palais Rihour – Pl. Rihour – 59000 Lille – [TEL] 0 891 56 20 04
Lille-Lesquin Airport – www.lille.aeroport.fr
There are two train stations (SNCF) close to the city centre: Gare de Lille-Flandres and Gare Lille-Europe.
V'Lille – 2 000 bicycles distributed between 440 parking points, in Lille and nine surrounding towns (including Roubaix and Tourcoing), most of which are connected to the Transpole public transport network. www.vlille.fr