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Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Country: France
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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 ..."

Map of the Region

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The Main CS Cities of the Region


Lille

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.

To have more information about Lille, you can check the CS wiki page of Lille and the CS group of Lille.




Dunkerque

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.

To have more information about Dunkerque, you can check the CS wiki page of Dunkerque and the CS group of Dunkerque.




Arras

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.

To have more information about Arras, you can check the CS wiki page of Arras and the CS group of Arras.

Valenciennes




Valenciennes

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.

To have more information about Valenciennes, you can check the CS wiki page of Valenciennes and the CS group of Valenciennes.



Boulogne



Boulogne

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.

To have more information about Boulogne, you can check the CS wiki page of Boulogne and the CS group of Boulogne.



Calais




Calais

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.

To have more information about Calais, you can check the CS wiki page of Calais and the CS group of Calais.



Couch Surfing in the Region

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The Couch Surfers at the Carnaval of Dunkerque

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!

Rural Couchsurfing

RCSIcon2.gif 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 !

Family Welcome


Children Welcome.jpg 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:

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a CS meeting in Lille

Lille

Antoine CS City Ambassador of Lille
Jeremy CS City Ambassador of Lille
Delphine CS Volunteer
Jerome Moderator of the CS Group of Lille
Julie

In the suburb of Lille, Gregoire is always ready to host some people in Lambersart.

Dunkerque

Caroline Moderator of the CS Group of Dunkerque
Xavier

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a CS meeting in Arras

Valenciennes

Manu Moderator of the CS Group of Valenciennes
Julien
Romain

In the Suburb of Valenciennes, in Aniche, Franck and Adeline are always ready to host some people.

Arras

Lu & Lo

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a CS meeting in Boulogne

Boulogne

Christine
Celine
Gonzague
Sophie Moderator of the CS Group of Boulogne (currently live in London, but she can inform you about the city !)

Calais

Jonathan Moderator of the CS Groups of Calais
Benoit

Douai

Niss Moderator of the CS Group of Douai
Audrey Moderator of the CS Group of Douai

What to visit in the Region

Places to see

The Belffry of each cities
The 2 Cap National Park
Lewarde, the historical-industrial museum
Nausicaa
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

Regional Media Mentions

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La Voix du Nord, August 3rd 2008, Regional Newspaper
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La Voix du Nord, August 3rd 2008, Regional Newspaper
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La Voix du Nord Béthune, February 28th 2009, Local Newspaper
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L'Observateur de l'Avesnois, July 9th 2010, local newspaper
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La Voix du Nord, July 21st 2010, local newspaper
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La Voix du Nord, August 10th 2010, local newspaper
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La Voix du Nord, October 28th 2010, local newspaper
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La Voix du Nord, August 2nd 2010, local newspaper

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