A favourite amongst the Short Breaks staff, our Eurostar city breaks to Lille are a must with it's proud festive traditions, fine arts and gastronomy. Lille has a historical wealth and vibrant culture and it's hard not to see why Lille was named European Capital of Culture in 2004. Lille is great for easy living, the Northerners are generous and warm in nature and make visitors feel welcome. All year round people are delighted by this unique mixture of Flemish and French traditions.
Flemish, Burgundian and then Spanish before becoming French, Lille has been a trading city since medieval times. It was a citadel under Louis XIV and a hive of industry during the 19th century and has evolved into a city of ambition during more recent times.
Lille offers a blend of faces of the past and of the future and has become a true benchmark in this field. A haven for art from the Fine Arts Museum to the Opera, from ballets to concerts, culture is part and parcel of everyday life. Lille is home to France's second largest museum next to the Louvre, has the Palace for Fine Arts and it is also famous for the 'Braderie' (flea market) which takes places every September. All in all, Lille offers a delightful blend of Flemish joviality and French elegance.
Places to visit in Lille:
The Palais Rihour, Place du General de Gaulle, The Opera House & The Vieille Bourse (Old Stock Exchange), The Goddess column, The Place du Théâtre, The Notre-Dame de la Treille Cathedral, The Town Hall and its belfry, Palais des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum), Lille Opera House.
Short Breaks provides the option to take a self drive break in Lille by car or relax in the comfort of the Eurostar train.