Paysage de Flandre ©CRTC Hauts-de-France - Eric GATINEAUPaysage de Flandre ©CRTC Hauts-de-France - Eric GATINEAU
©Paysage de Flandre | CRTC Hauts-de-France - Eric GATINEAU

Visit Cassel

Immerse yourself in the cheeky and merry French Flanders

Cassel is the quintessential Flemish village if ever there was one. Nestled amongst the Monts des Flandres foothills, it’s perfect for nature walks; learning about the history of Flemish painting at the Musée de Flandre; enjoying traditional cuisine of beer, carbonnade stew and Potjevleesch in an authentic estaminet restaurant; and listening to the musical mix of the local accent’s Germanic sounds. Or you could partake in one of the many traditional festivals, called kermesses, where you’ll meet happy and hardened locals as well as the giant puppets that are on the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list. It should come as no surprise that this village, proudly decorated with the Flanders Lion, was voted France’s favourite village in 2018!

4 good reasons to visit

Reason n°1

Nearby, only a 40-minute drive from the ferry port in Dunkirk or one hour from Calais

Reason n°2

Unique heritage, on display at the Musée de Flandre

Reason n°3

Practical, for hikes including to Mont Cassel

Reason n°4

Authentic and endearing, Cassel was voted France’s favourite village in 2018

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In the words of French writer Marguerite Yourcenar…

Although I’m French and I was accustomed to French from an early age, and use as it as the tool of my trade, I could never see myself without Flanders, without the land where for the first time in my existence, I was faced with the purity and force of the elements: water, air and earth.

Marguerite Yourcenar

5 experiences to whet your appetite

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