France

Picardy

Picardy
The Essential
Welcome to cathedral country! In Beauvais, Noyon, St-Quentin, Senlis, Laon and, last but not least, Amiens, the vaulted ceilings soar to dizzying heights, in contrast with the vast expanses of plateaux that account for the majority of the region's territory.
But other landscapes also await you in Picardy. To the southwest, the Pays de Bray bears a resemblance to Normandy; to the southeast, a noble itinerary of châteaux in the forests, towards Chantilly, Compiègne or Pierrefonds; to the northeast, the Thiérache and its astonishing heritage of fortified churches; and, lastly, to the northwest, the Baie de Somme, classified among the loveliest bays in the world and where, at low tide, the sea draws back to reveal infinite expanses of sand and sea grasses.
Insinuating itself into the landscapes, history surfaces, still close: the Remembrance Trail charts the 1916 Battle of the Somme, Soissons Cathedral takes you back to the time of the Franks, and the entertaining Parc Astérix, just outside Senlis, is a reminder of Roman times, by Toutatis!

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Picardy

Château de Chantilly Château de Chantilly
Château de Chantilly
Chantilly
2:00
St Pierre Cathedral, Beauvais St Pierre Cathedral, Beauvais
St Pierre Cathedral, Beauvais
Beauvais
1:00
Compiègne Palace Compiègne Palace
Compiègne Palace
Compiègne
2:00
Amiens Cathedral Amiens Cathedral
Amiens Cathedral
Amiens
1:00
Notre Dame Cathedral, Senlis Notre Dame Cathedral, Senlis
Notre Dame Cathedral, Senlis
Senlis
0:30
Park Park
Park
Chantilly
1:30