Cities in Picardy France

Picardy is now part of Hauts-de-France along with Nord-pas-de-Calais, the region of Hauts-de-France came into being in 2016.

The historical province of Picardy stretched from north of Noyon to Calais, via the whole of the Somme department and the north of the Aisne department. The province of Artois (Arras area) separated Picardy from French Flanders. Today Picardy stretches from the long sand beaches of the Somme estuary in the west to the vast forests and pastures of the Thiérache in the east and down to the châteaux of Chantilly or Pierrefonds near the Paris Area and vineyards of the border with Champagne (Champagne picarde) to the south.

Today, the modern region of Picardy no longer includes the coastline from Berck to Calais, via Boulogne (Boulonais), that is now in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, but does incorporate the pays of Beauvaisis, Valois, Noyonnais, Laonnois, Soissonnais, Omois, to name only the most prominent) in the south of the Aisne department and Oise department.

See also: Attractions in Picardy

Amiens is a city in northern France, 120 km (75 mi) north of Paris and 100 km (62 mi) south-west of Lille. It is the capital of the Somme department in Hauts-de-France.

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Main Towns and Cities

  • Abbeville
  • Amiens – Capital City of Picardy
  • Beauvais
  • Compiègne
  • Péronne
  • Creil
  • Laon
  • Saint-Quentin
  • Soissons
  • Senlis

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