Picardy is probably most famous for the WWI Battle of the Somme and boasts some of France's best cathedrals and Gothic architecture in Amiens and Laon.
With the ferry ports of Calais and Dunkerque, a self-drive cottage holiday in Picardy could not be easier and is certainly a cost -effective way of spending time away in France.
The Somme bay is the largest estuary in Northern France and is rich with wild birds, flowers and dunes. There is a small steam train that runs from Le Crotoy to Cayeux-sur-Mer which really is one of the best ways to discover the region.
The Picardy region is a golfers paradise with over 21 courses to choose from, many only an hour's drive from Calais, popular courses include Golf d'Abbeville, Golf de Chantilly and Golf de Nampont-Saint-Martin.