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Visit Arras

A slower paced weekend

It’s time for a weekend in a setting that’s conducive to healing. Take time out on the terraces of the cafés and restaurants that line two of the most famous squares in Hauts-de-France: La Grand Place and La Place des Héros. Lose yourself among the curving gables and arches. As night falls, these two special squares take on another dimension, full of serenity and charm.

5 reasons to visit

Reason n°1

It’s close by – less than 90 minutes by car from Calais or Dunkirk

Reason n°2

Arras offers something unique – climb the belfry or simply spend time enjoying the ambiance of the town

Reason n°3

It has character-filled, lively squares in the Flemish baroque style

Reason n°4

Visit the WWI tunnels or the citadel

Reason n°5

Discover culinary delights at the exceptional market on Saturday mornings

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In the words Norman, a French comedian born in Arras

There’s more to Arras than famous buildings, though, says Norman, a celebrated comedian who was born in Arras. “In the North, we are full of resources and known for our warmth but – above all – we are nothing like the clichés attached to us.”

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Norman, French comedian

A taste of Arras - 5 highlights to experience