An agricultural region north of Paris, Picardy has magnificent cathedrals and châteaux that have set the scene for many films and TV shows.
One of the country’s big attractions, Parc Astérix lets kids and adults live the adventures of this beloved illustrated character and his friends.
Picardy is also where the Somme Offensive, one of the First World War’s most devastating battles took place, and there are museums and memorials that confront you with the realities of the war.
On the lighter side, Picardy has 72 public parks and gardens, and several of France’s “most beautiful” villages.
Lets explore the best things to do in Picardy:
1. Amiens Cathedral
This 13th-century gothic cathedral was completed in just 50 years, leaving the building with a rare coherence of style.
It’s one of the reasons the cathedral is a World Heritage site, but the size of the construction qualifies it too: It is massive, and has the largest interior of any medieval building in Western Europe.
The roof is supported by 126 pillars, and it’s great to stand at the end of the north or south aisle and see the rows of vast but dainty vaults.
On the south transept portal and west facade there’s some marvellous sculpture, representing Christ in Majesty on the Day of Judgement and portraying a variety of saints relevant to the Amiens area.