Looking for a golf holiday abroad but without having to fly?
As you may know, Calais is very accessible from the UK by Ferry or the Channel tunnel and offers some exciting golf courses. Nord Pas de Calais is a region of contrasting landscapes: forests and woods, gentle meadows and marshlands, rolling hills dotted with windmills and a varied coastline that stretches for miles and miles. It presents you with wide-open spaces of un-spoilt countryside that make up the Regional Natural Parks, a network of waterways for river cruising, and much more. With such amazing countryside it is no wonder that the Golf courses also live up to expectations.
Nord Pas de Calais has plenty to offer for the discerning tourist. “The Cote d’Opale” or Opal Coast as it’s more commonly known is an attractive west-facing coast with chalk cliffs, elegant resorts and numerous sandy beaches whilst inland particularly in Pas de Calais there is an abundance of unspoilt countryside.
Lille, the regions capitol is only eighty minutes from London and is ranked as one of the major metropolitan areas of Europe boasting an extensive range of shops, restaurants, museums and historical monuments and fine hotels, although Calais is by far the largest city in Pas de Calais and has been a major port and very important centre for transport and trading with England since the Middle Ages. The other major towns include Boulogne sur Mer, Valenciennes, Arras, Dunkerque, Douai and Cambrai.
Nord Pas de Calais, originally part of the Southern Netherlands which gradually became a part of France between 1477 and 1678 was destroyed in parts by both world wars. Home to heavy industry and cold by French standards, this is not a major tourist region, however, there are many areas of beautiful countryside, fine local foods and beers, and many historical landmarks and it is probably the most popular golf destination in France offering some excellent golf courses just a stones throw away from England.
Only 2 hours from London - No need to Fly!
One of the major factors in favour of Nord Pas de Calais as a short break golf destination is its proximity to the South of England. You can now reach Lille from London in less than two hours using Eurostar and Calais is even closer making this a very accessible destination for anyone looking for a weekend golf break or short golfing holiday outside of England. For the golf enthusiast who doesn’t want to bother flying then a golf holiday in Nord Pas de Calais is the perfect solution. The superb Eurotunnel and ferry services makes getting there easier than ever and with most resorts and locations within an hours drive from Calais or the Eurotunnel exit, Nord Pas de Calais is the perfect choice for your golf holiday in France.
Bordered on the north by the English Channel, the North Sea and Belgium and on the South by Picardy, this historic region covers most of what was once the French Part of Flanders and the old province of Artois and is the closest French region to the UK. Unlike the rest of France, Nord Pas de Calais is better known for its beer rather than wine and luckily the beer is also amazingly cheap compared to other places in Europe. A particular local favourite is "Bière de garde," a type of French pale ale. Another good one to try is 3 Monts.
The best beaches are along the 25 mile stretch of coast from Equihen-Plage in the north, to Fort Mahon-Plage in the south. The wide sandy beach is broken only where the Canche and Authie rivers meet the sea. The main holiday resort on this coast is Le Touquet, but there are several smaller seaside towns or villages that, depending on their size, offer shops, cafes, a seaside promenade, as well as access to the beach.