Discovering Lille, France’s cultural capital

Lille, France’s fourth largest city, is the cultural capital of France, and lies on the border of the Flemish part of Belgium which is famous for its cheerful nature and architecture. An enormous amount of cash has been spent on the attractive narrow streets, boutiques, cultural attractions, parks and restaurants.

The city is an exciting place to visit with many attractions of arts and architecture. The place is made more attractive to tourists by the many museums and parks. Tourists can enjoy some delicious food at one of the many famous hotels here.

There are many attractions in the city which include Botanical Gardens, which is also known as the city gardens. Two other gardens are nearby, the Vauban garden and Lille zoological park. The Center Commercial Museum is a shopping centre visited by most tourists which has cafes, restaurants and 150 shops. Containing a wide range of Dutch and Flemish art is the Hospice Comtesse Museum.

La Vieille Ville is a very old city which is popular with tourists for its narrow streets and the delicious food served in the restaurants. If you fancy a bit of culture, visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts which contains paintings from the 15th to the 20th centuries as well as French arts

The public transport is well organised here, with the bus network having 60 different routes, therefore it is easy to travel in this wonderful city. There are two train stations in Lille, 400 metres apart and they provide a convenient way to travel. You can travel on the Eurostar from St Pancras to Europe station in about 1 hour 20 minutes.

If you prefer to fly here, the airport is just 10 km away and connects with over 60 countries; a shuttle service operates from the airport to the city centre.