A complete change of scenery
Main city of the Region, Lille combines a valued architectural heritage and contemporary constructions. Each neighbourhood differs from the others. Lille, and its Flemish soul, is also a land of industries, shops, green areas, gastronomy, culture…
A gateway to Europe
Located at the crossroads of three European capital cities, Lille is famous for being open on the world. With the two high speed train stations in town, London is just 80 minutes away, Paris, 60 minutes away and Brussels, just 35 minutes away. You can reach three airports within 1h20min.: Roissy Charles de Gaulle, Lille-Lesquin and Brussels-Zaventem. All these elements help Lille be a convenient destination for thousands of tourists from France and abroad that come and visit us every year.
A unique “art de vivre”
Restaurants, terraces, bars or night clubs, Lille offers a lot of convivial places and great experiences. Discoveries that, pretty often, start around the table of an “estaminet”, a traditional Flemish restaurant. You cannot leave Lille without having tried one of or local specialties: carbonnades (beef stew), potjevleesch (potted meat terrine), welsh with Maroilles cheese or one of our traditional beers… The people of Lille often cook with beer, and they love to share their cuisine. The “Ch’tis”, the inhabitants of the region are known as cheerful people who enjoy the good things… and you’ll understand why!
A warm and welcoming town
Generosity, hospitality and festive feeling are the core ingredients of the Lille heritage. There’s always something to discover and share in and around the city: concerts, festivals, shows, major temporary exhibitions… and, of course, the famous “Braderie” street market, on the first weekend of September, attracting over 2 million visitors from all over Europe. Luckily, Lille offers a wide array of possibilities for your stay, from hostels to a luxury 5 star hotel in an old convent.
A land of sports events
With its strong reputation, Lille hosts an ever increasing number of sports events. The conurbation owes a fair deal of its fame to the new stadium. Pierre Mauroy Stadium was inaugurated in 2012 and has a 30.000 seating capacity in its Sports Arena configuration. In November 2014, 25,000 people watched the Davis Cup final in the Pierre Mauroy Stadium. The final game of EuroBasket 2015 gathered over 27,000 spectators. These events are the perfect opportunity to discover the hospitality and positivity of the inhabitants and enjoy great sports events.
Discover more about Lille and its region
- 1 million inhabitants in the Lille conurbation
- 1st university pole in France
- 32% of the population is below 25 years old
- 1st consumption market in Europe
- 15 headquarters of international companies
- 350 companies with over 200 employees
- 4th industrial region in France
- 3rd French region for exports