Picardie Chantilly CastlePicardy is the region between Paris and the Pas de Calais.  Whilst open landscapes which are usually bypassed en route to other destinations. But it is a home to the largest forest in France in Compiègne, a Bird Park at Marquenterre and the wonderful Somme Bay, considered to be one of the best Bays in the world.  For foodies the Bay produces an incredible 2500 tonnes of Bouchot mussels a year, and is home to some 5000 salt marsh sheep.  It is nature at its best with a Springtime Nature Festival where you can enjoy guided tours by horseback, especially created cycle tracks or just strolling and enjoying the wildlife. 

À visit to northern France may be to visit the battlefields of the First World War.

If it is history you enjoy then you can enjoy some fascinating attractions such as the Gothic masterpiece of the Cathedral of Beauvais.  There are fortified churches, Chateau de Pieerrefonds or at Thiérache, but also worth visiting are the abbeys and Medieval cities of Amiens, Loan, Senlis and Chantilly.  

Picardy will offer you a quieter holiday of interest and exploration. Within easy reach of Calais and border of Belgium this could be an ideal region to discover away from the busy tourism of the coasts.