To the north of France, hitting the border with Belgium, we found The beautiful city of Lille. Bathed by the waters of the Deûle River, this delicate city is the capital of the North-Passage region of Calais-Picardy and is the fourth most populous in the country.
Lille It has a great university presence and oozes culture everywhere, in fact It is listed as Ville d'art et d'histoire (City of art and history). As if this were not enough, let's add that you enjoy French and Belgian cuisine and we will get the recipe for an ideal holiday.
Lille and its four population centers
The beautiful Lille metropolitan area encompasses four urban centers: Lille, Roubaix, Tourcoing and Villeneuve d'Ascq.Lille - Darrin / Flickr.com
The largest are Villeneuve d'Ascq and Tourcoing, followed by Roubaix. The latter was world famous because of its textile industry, which has left us as a heritage the school of textile engineers.
His rival, Tourcoing has the most famous northern French bell, until eighty bells redouble, one for each meter that measures the imposing bell tower of the church of Saint Christophe (XV-XVI century). Villeneuve d'Ascq is known for hosting sporting events, its museums and its attention to disabled diversity in urban development.
All of them are very well connected by high-speed trains. Each population boasts a particular charm that combines fifty percent of Belgian and French charm, making each of these villas a delicious stop that completes the visit to Lille.
The city of Lille
Every travel lover will be able to recognize two essential characteristics in Lille: the city has an urban planning characteristic of the great French cities, but hides architectural elements related to Belgian and Dutch cities.Grand Place - Sergey Dzyuba
The heart of the city resides in the Grand Place, a square of considerable dimensions dedicated to Chales de Gaulle. It houses the church of San Mauricio, a Gothic-style building with medieval influences from the 14th century, the neoclassical Opera and the famous city clock.
In the old town we will also find the cathedral of Nôtre Dame de la Treille, a colossal neo-Gothic structure whose very modern facade contrasts with the more classic aesthetic of the streets.Lille Opera House - sdecoret
There are numerous examples of stepped roof buildings, typically Flemish, among which we will find the City Hall. As a climax to this divine villa we will find in the Republic Square the Museum of Fine Arts, which houses pieces by masters such as Titian, Rodin, El Greco, Goya, Van Dyck or Rembrand, among others.
To the northwest of the city of Lille and surrounded by canals, we will find the Citadel, of the military architect Vauban. In the shape of a five-pointed star, the Citadel is now surrounded by a bucolic park that is the lung of the city.Vauban Citadel - Sylvain Naudin / Flickr.com
There we will not only find unique kinds of trees, but also the city zoo. Learning place and awareness for the environment and biodiversity, this space is home to more than 70 species from the five continents and a genetic conservatory.
Also, the enclosure of the park of the Citadel also offers a leisure and recreation area for children, with attractions and traveling fairs. This is without a doubt the place to walk and enjoy a relaxed moment of detachment, to merge with nature in a privileged environment. The icing is set by the Grimonprez stadium, where you can practice, among many other sports, athletics.
The city of Lille has numerous teaching centers, and today It is ranked number three in the ranking of French university cities, behind Paris and Lyon, and very close with Toulouse.Art Museum - Meiqianbao
The oldest university is that of Lille-Douai, founded in 1562 on the outskirts of the town center. It would not be until almost three hundred years after the Catholic University was founded. The different engineering colleges and trade schools would complete the menu, distributed throughout the urban perimeter.
«Youth is the time to study wisdom; old age, to practice it. »
All of them welcome millions of students from all over the world eager to learn and develop each year, giving the town a jovial and casual air. The student body is very present in the rhythm of the municipality and give it freshness and vitality, something that will make Lille the perfect destination for dynamic tourists.