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.