Lille in northern France is a popular holiday choice
for many people looking for a short city break, with impressive architecture, a fairly lively nightlife and good shopping opportunities. There are quaint narrow streets to explore old houses and mansions to admire, something to suit most everyone.
When you visit the main square Place du General de Gaulle you will see the magnificent 17th century Vieille Bourse formerly the centre of trade and commerce in the city of Lille in the courtyard there are stalls selling flowers and books. The big main square is mostly pedestrianized and is surrounded by some grand buildings.
It may be beneficial if you are on a short visit to the city to purchase a one day sightseeing pass costing around €22 Euros, this would give you unlimited travel on the city centre transport and free access to some of the main visitor attractions.
If you would like more details on this or up to date information on other tours available at the time of your proposed visit you should contact the local Tourist Office, it is situated Place Rihour or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you find your way around you will find the stylish shopping streets rues Esquermoise and rues Lepelletier where some of you may want to spend some time! For more shopping why not stroll through the narrow charming streets of Vieux Lille and pop into one of the boutiques.
Most shops stay closed on a Monday morning, there are several markets held on a Sunday the most popular is Wazemmes where you may pick up a bargain. There are also designer outlets a short tram ride from the city.
Other tourist attractions which may be of interest include the Musée des Beaux-Arts which has a fine collection of paintings from the 15the-20th century with works by Renoir, Rubens and Van Dyck among other great artists.
A short distance from the museum you will find the Musée d' Histoire Naturelle which is a small but interesting museum with a good collection of Fossils.
There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and brassieres around Place Rihour where you can enjoy traditional cuisine, for a more varied choice of cuisine try the area around Vieux Lille. You will find the cafes around the Grand Place are usually buzzing there are plenty of bars and trendy spots for drinking and nightlife. If you enjoy live music events contact the Tourist Office to find out what is on in the city at the time you are visiting.
You might like to visit Lille in December and go to one of the Christmas Markets enjoy the traditional festive atmosphere and maybe find that perfect present.
Lille offers a full range of hotels some tend to be expensive so shop around for what suits you. There are short city Holiday Break packages on offer if you do not wish to travel independently. Whatever the time of year you visit the city of Lille there is always plenty to see and do, from sightseeing, shopping or relaxing over a lovely meal enabling you to have an enjoyable break.