A Nord Pas de Calais villa is the ideal base for exploring this interesting part of France. The area has a border with Belgium and you can see the Flemish influence. Rent Dutch bikes and take a cycling tour of the capital city Lille or visit L'Echappee Biere a brewery where you can find out about the history of beer production in the region, see the brewing process and taste the delicious results! Lille is also home to the Musee d'Art Moderne and the Palais des Beaux Arts, a real treat for art lovers. For children the Parc de Zoologique may be a more popular choice. You can't visit Nord Pas de Calais without a visit to Dunkirk beach, the atmospheric museum there is housed in an original WW2 bunker.