Hauts-de-France

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Av­er­age house price: €108,000 Although much of Aisne was de­stroyed dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, most towns in this de­part­ment have a cathe­dral, abbey and cas­tle. Home to many forests, Aisne has lots of cy­cling and walk­ing routes through its lush coun­try­side. It’s also home to a large pop­u­la­tion of bees so it’s per­fect for those keen to have a go at mak­ing their own honey! Av­er­age house price: €150,000 Bor­der­ing Bel­gium, Nord is the only de­part­ment in France where Flem­ish is spo­ken along with French. It’s home to the coun­try’s first regional park, the Parc Na­turel Ré­gional de ScarpeEs­caut, and the bustling cap­i­tal city of Lille hosts the an­nual Grand Braderie an­tiques fair ev­ery Septem­ber – a must for bar­gain hunters look­ing for a hid­den gem. Av­er­age house price: €136,000 Many Brits only know Pas-deCalais by pass­ing through on the way some­where south but there’s plenty to stick around for in­clud­ing a spec­tac­u­lar coast­line, his­toric vil­lages and war memo­ri­als. Those who like days at the sea­side with their bucket and spade will have plenty of choice – the fash­ion­able Le Tou­quet and Boulogne-sur-Mer are among the most pop­u­lar. Av­er­age house price: €125,000 Somme was the site of some of the most im­por­tant bat­tles in Euro­pean his­tory, and the de­part­ment has nu­mer­ous memo­ri­als and bat­tle­fields to visit, as well as plenty of sea­side re­sorts along the coast. Famed for its im­pres­sive Gothic cathe­dral, cap­i­tal city Amiens hosts fes­ti­vals through­out the year and is the ideal place to sam­ple a mac­aron.

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