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Greentraveller's Guide to Lille, France

Posted by Harriet OBrien at 03:01 on Tuesday 22 September 2015

As part of our series of Greentraveller's Guides to European cities reachable by Eurostar, we have produced a guide to Lille.

The guide shows residents and visitors how to make the most of the city in a way that has a low impact on the environment and a positive impact on the local economy, featuring local food and drink, places to stay, local attractions, activities, and how to travel to and around the city by public transport, including in-depth information on how to travel to Lille by Eurostar.

The guide was written and researched by Harriet O'BrienThe guide was written and researched by Harriet O'BrienWritten by professional travel writer Harriet O'Brien (right), the guide highlights some of the city's greenest places to stay in Lille, including a comforting, welcoming townhouse, a converted 15th-century hospital with lots of original Gothic features and art gallery downstairs, and a cheap and cheerful 51-room hotel with kitchen garden and free bike storage.

Photo: Hermitage Gantois barPhoto: Hermitage Gantois bar

Harriet writes: "Once the capital of medieval Flanders, Lille is a wonderful collision of cultures. This French city with a (very) strong Flemish accent offers a glorious range of architectural styles with tall gabled townhouses, atmospheric old convents, a 17th-century citadel built by the French military architect Vauban and some fine Art Nouveau and Art Deco flourishes.

"And what’s most remarkable about the city today is how it has revived and reinvented itself – with much of its rejuvenation kickstarted by the arrival of high speed rail."

Grand Place, Lille. Photo: Lille TourismeGrand Place, Lille. Photo: Lille Tourisme

The guide features plenty of fantastic places to eat in Lille and caters for everyone, whether you want a simple supper or a full-on gastronomic experience: there's the organic deli/restaurant who's daily-changing menu is determined by the produce available that day at the local markets, a bustling café run as a cooperative with evening talks and lively concerts, and a slick café-resto in the heart of Lille offering organic fast-food takeaway and eat-in dishes.

Lille's lively market scene. Photo: Lille TourismeLille's lively market scene. Photo: Lille TourismeWe've also included a smattering of local attractions in Lille, from markets and museums to some of the old town's must-see sights, from the city's wonderful old squares to galleries, bookshops and fromagerie. If you want to get out and about and explore the city, Harriet has lined up plenty of activities in Lille for you: join the city cruiser tour on Lille’s electric rickshaw-taxis, opt for a self-guided tour and amble at your own pace, or hop on a segway and roll around town on two wheels.

Cycling in Parc Matisse, Lille. Photo: Maxime Dufour photographiesCycling in Parc Matisse, Lille. Photo: Maxime Dufour photographiesRichard Hammond, Chief Executive of greentraveller.co.uk, says: “We hope this Greentraveller’s Guide to Lille will help visitors make the most of their time in this wonderful city in a way that utilises the city's many convenient car-free options whilst bringing local economic benefits.

"This guide is the latest of our online destination platforms that are proving popular with holidaymakers looking for that special local touch."

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