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The Nord-Pas-de-Calais is the nordest region of France, constitued by the French Flanders, the Artois, the French Hainaut and the Opale Coast. Nowadays, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais is an attractive area in Europe, making a crossroad between Paris, London, Brussels and even Amsterdam and Cologne. If you come firstly in the region, you will mainly see that:
"The People of the North of France have in the Heart the Sun they don't have in the Sky ..."
- 1 Map of the Region
- 2 The Main CS Cities of the Region
- 3 Couch Surfing in the Region
- 4 How to get there ?
- 5 What to visit in the Region
- 6 Regional Media Mentions
- 7 Links
Map of the Region
The Main CS Cities of the Region
The Main City of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais is the most active CS community of the Region, constituated by more than 650 couch surfers, always ready to host someone. In this city, you will enjoy the ambiance of the second biggest student city in France after Paris, with his street full of people, full of bars, pubs and dancing clubs. You will enjoy the nice classical and modern architecture of the different parts of the city.
Dunkerque is one of the nordest french city, situated in the corner between the Belgian Border and the North Sea. Dunkerque is an active CS city especially its annual events like the Carnaval which happen during 3 months from January to March. You will enjoy this harbour-city, doing harmonious the mix between its classical city-center and its front of the sea.
Arras is not a big city (about 50000 people live there), but it seems to be the most beautiful city of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais. It city-center is a mix of the flamish and the classical style. You will enjoy the beauty of its two big squares and its City Hall. There are some CS meetings in Arras, especially during its annual events like the Main Square Festival on beginning of July, with the concerts of some of the most famous bands in the World.
Valenciennes is a nice city, with its new tramway, it makes the city much better with less cars in the city-center. You will enjoy the modern and the classical city-center. There are some CS meetings in this city.
Boulogne is one of the most biggest habour in France, a former industrial area, changing to a very nice touristical area. You will enjoy the old city, in the top of a hill, the beach, the nautical center called "Nausicaa" and its nice CS community which organise sometime some CS meetings.
Calais is nowadays known as the city of the Eurotunnel which can reach you England by car or by train from France. The city is situated almost on the corner, making the border between the North Sea and the Channel. The CS community is increasing in this city and some CS events has to be come in the near future.
Couch Surfing in the Region
The CS Activity in the Region
The CS activity is nowadays concentrated mostly in Lille where there are often some CS events like the CS Monthly meetings happening the first Tuesday of each months, and other kind of meetings like some Quizz, concerts ... There were already some CS meetings in Valenciennes, Dunkerque (for the Carnaval), Arras and Boulogne.
If you don't want to miss a CS meetings in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais, check at the CS Calendar!
In Nord-Pas-de-Calais you have the chance to have the possibility to couchsurf a bit everywhere, even in the countryside ! Check the map of the Rural CSers in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, you can find them easilier on this way ! There is also a CS group called "Rural CS France" where you can talk with all Rural CSers in France.
But not all Rural CSers appears on the map or are members of the group "Rural CS France". To find the others, join the Regional CS group of Nord-Pas-de-Calais !
In the region, there is a very nice, active and developped CS Families network. If you travel with your children, if you would like to be hosted by a family, if you are searching for a host who accept a family, meeting other families making to your children more different cultural friendship, you are welcome to join the French Family's group !
A tool exists to localise easily where you can find the CS families' in the region, please check the Family Welcome Map of the area.
How to get there ?
Regional Contacts on CS
Here are some active Couchsurfers in each cities of the Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais, just contact them if you need urgently a couch, some informations about their city or if you would like to have a meet for a coffee or a drink:
In the suburb of Lille, Gregoire is always ready to host some people in Lambersart.
In the Suburb of Valenciennes, in Aniche, Franck and Adeline are always ready to host some people.
What to visit in the Region
Places to see
The Belffry of each cities
The 2 Cap National Park
Lewarde, the historical-industrial museum
Les Marées de Saint Omer
The Main Events
The Braderie de Lille
The Main Square Festival of Arras
The Carnaval of Dunkerque
Fête de Gayant in Douai
The Ambiance of the Stade Bollaert in Lens