Amiens and Grand Amiénois on video
A rural and pastoral atmosphere, skies and lights to take your breath away... You’ll find the most beautiful countryside scenes around Amiens and Grand Amiénois (the greater Amiens area).
The Grand Amiénois area is mainly divided up around the Somme river, which runs through it. Some remarkable heritage sites and major tourist sites dipping their toes in the water: Amiens Cathedral, the Hortillonnages, The Somme Valley Cycle Route, Corbie Abbey, etc...
The towpath stretching along the river has been transformed into a high-class cycle route, called the Véloroute Vallée de la Somme - connecting Ham, in the estuary of the bay, to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme 160 km away.
Gastronomy plays a leading role, with numerous gourmet locations interspersed throughout the area, both in Amiens (such as the Halles de Beffroi market) and in the Noye Valley (for example, the Moulin des Écrevisses).
The Notre Dame Cathedral - Amiens
It’s an immense stone structure, a flagship of gothic architecture, and was classed a UNESCO World Heritage Site on two different occasions. Notre-Dame d'Amiens is quite formidable!
The Méricourt-sur-Somme cycle route
Saddle up on your bike and let the Somme take you on a pleasant journey by the water.
The Hortillonnages - Amiens
Cultivated since the Middle Ages by the hortillons (market gardeners), these floating gardens create a mosaic of 300 hectares within the embrace of the Somme and the Avre. Navigate the canals of this inner-city oasis of nature by boat and admire the works of art from the International Garden Festival, which you’ll find amongst some people’s market gardens.
The Halles au Frais - Amiens
Year-round, merchants of the Halles au Frais (a fresh produce market) have great, fresh, locally-farmed produce on offer.
Le Beffroi - Amiens
An unmissable silhouette of the city centre, this mysterious monument is teeming with ancient secrets and stories.
Saint-Pierre Abbey - Corbie
Considered a historical monument since 1919, this gothic structure and its imposing façade is the last remnant of the powerful Corbie Abbey, which was known all across Europe.
Le Moulin des Écrevisses- Ailly-sur-Noye
At the exit of Ailly sur Noye and nestled within a brick windmill, this unusual restaurant (whose name means ‘windmill of crayfish’) offers a contemporary cuisine that is firmly rooted in the local area.
Outing on an electric boat - Ailly-sur-Somme
Rent an electric boat at the Nièvre and Somme Tourism Office and head out on a gentle adventure along the Somme.
International Garden Festival - Amiens Hortillonnages
This international festival offers the public a poetic outing to islets of the Hortillonnages and along the Somme, through a maze of landscape creations and works of art which can be accessed either by boat or on foot.
Hôtel de Ville - Amiens
Built on the ruins of a Gallo-Roman amphitheatre and reconstructed across the ages, Hôtel de Ville is a remarkable building that is testament to the city of Amiens’ history.
Picardie Museum - Amiens
Listed in 2012 and nicknamed the Petit Louvre, this museum assembles and presents vast collections of archaeology, sculpture, objets d’art and paintings, inviting the visitor on a journey of discovery from the Palaeolithic era to modern day. Places of note to discover: the Sol Levitt rotunda, the heights of the cathedral, and even the Puvis de Chavanne’s marouflage canvases which decorate the walls of the grand staircase.