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Situated on the northern border of France, Lille is thought to have been some form of settlement from as far back as 2,000BC. Today the city proudly displays its historic heritage and has fast become a popular destination for a European city break. 

Lille is a complete mix of old and new and its vibrant and dynamic atmosphere means that it is constantly moving and developing with the times. There are a selection of historic buildings and famous cobbled narrow streets, an excellent choice of bars and restaurants and some of the best art galleries and museums outside of Paris.

The city has hints of Spanish, Dutch and German, yet is still a really exquisite French city at its heart, full of beautiful Flemish and Belgian influence in its architecture and cuisine. 



If you're planning a hen or stag do, or simply need to recharge your batteries, then a break at Kurma Bien-Être could be just what the doctor ordered. This eco friendly destination, just outside of Lille, is the ideal place to reconnect with nature and your calmest self. www.xn--kurma-bientre-yhb.com/


The Michel Nedjar, Introspective exhibition at the Art Brut museum LaM in Villeneuve d'Ascq (Lille's neighbouring city) is well worth making a detour for. It examines themes which fascinated the artist and Art Brut scout, from death to magic and travel. Nedjar may be best-known for his dolls made of cloth and mud, but this exhibition also sheds light on pieces from other genres including sculpture, painting and experimental cinema. Until 4 June 2017. musee-lam.fr

For quick bite of culture, catch a lunchtime concert by the Orchestre National de Lille. Expect musical masterpieces from the likes of Beethoven and Schumann without breaking the bank (tickets are priced between €5 and €10). The first three concerts of 2017 are slated for 20 January, 3 March and 22 March at 12:30. www.onlille.com

The Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art (LaM) is running a retrospective of Jean Dubuffet, founder of the Art Brut movement (often referred to as outsider art). Explore man's relationship with the natural and urban worlds, a common theme in Dubuffet's work, via the 13 paintings and one sculpture on show. The LaM is located in Villeneuve d'Ascq, Lille's easy to access neighbouring city. Until 8 January 2017. (www.musee-lam.fr)

For the first time, Lille's Palais des Beaux Arts is showing an exhibition of Instagram photographs. Les Instagramers s'Exposent is the result of an "instameet", for which the museum was privatised for some 50 snap-happy amateur photographers. The result? A rare invitation to see the museum's most inspiring features through the eyes of the @igerslille. Until 29 August, pba-lille.fr

Key Areas

If you're in Lille with kids then Planète Mômes, a kinder-friendly zone, is a must-visit. Why not enjoy a spot of shopping, you might just find an uber-chic outfit for your little one. Children can also take part in interactive workshops or dance classes, as well as getting their photo taken or sussing out their circus skills. planetemomes-lille.com

Picking up presents on your trip and want to bring home something a little different? Missmap, a shop entirely dedicated to maps, will delight design fans and travel junkies alike. Pore over the collection of gorgeous vintage maps, or transform your own personal happy place into a work of art. (http://www.missmap.eu)

Forget the traditional French hobby of window shopping and get interactive at 'skirt bar' Jupette, a concept store which allows you to a create the skirt of your dreams, thanks to a personalised consultation (featuring tea and cupcakes). facebook.com/Jupettelille

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