Regional Overview

Fields of the Somme

The lands of Picardy are soaked in the blood of time. It was the theater for the Hundred Year’s War, the French Wars of Unification, and both World Wars. An inheritance of fortresses and castles dot the landscape, in addition to the trenches and monuments of the Great War. In between is an ancient landscape of bocage and dramatic cliffside beaches, waiting for the adventurous traveler.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The cultural landscape of Picardy: Fortified villages and fortresses such as Boulogne-sur-Mer, Montreuil, Doullens, and Amiens.
  • Traces of the Middle Ages: The Cathedrals of Amiens and St. Quentin and the royal Abbey of St. Riquier
  • The Front Line of WWI: Restored Trench Lines, Sepulchres, and Monuments to the Fallen




Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel My suggested travel destinations with the top three destinations highlighted.

What is Picardy?

Picardy is a region of contrasts, where the trenches of the First World War are cast in the shadow of soaring Gothic cathedrals. A visit to the region might dwell on the region’s long history of conflict, focusing on the Hundred Years War, the French Revolution, and the First World War. However, I prefer the positive achievements of humanity, and Picardie is also a land with a proud local identity and language, full of beautiful villages, churches, and palaces.

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My Subjective Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

5.8 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 6
  • Transportation: 5
  • Volume/Capacity: 8
  • Infrastructure: 3
  • Interactivity: 7

6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 7
  • Monuments: 4
  • Quality: 7

6.5 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 8
  • Tradition: 5


The Imperial Lowlands

A diverse land united only by geography

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