Going on vacation to Lille France? Want to know what to do & where to go on your Lille vacation? Our guide to Lille gives you the facts & information you’ll want to know.
With a population of approximately 250,000 and a rich history spanning one thousand years, Lille is the 10th largest city in France and has plenty of things to see and do for tourists going there on vacation.Located next to the Deule River, Lille can be accessed by canal boat via the intricate network of rivers and canals that cross the country.
History of Lille
Lille was one of the first cities in France to become industrialized in the 19th century and since then has been an important manufacturing base in France, although the textile mills for which it was once famous are now long gone.
Vacation Shopping in Lille
Today, Lille is a fantastic vacation shopping destination, with excellent rail links to other European cities including London via the Channel Tunnel. The main shopping high street in Lille, known as Central Lille is where you can go to find all the brand name shops in France, as well as an authentic French market which is held there every Sunday.
Shopping Malls in Lille
Lille Also has its fair share of shopping malls, with a god mixture of shops, cafes, restaurants and other forms f entertainment for you to enjoy on your Lille vacation. Euralille Avenue Le Courbusier is one of the most popular malls in Lille with close to 150 shops in addition to roller blading and arcades for the kids, and a night club and bar for the adults which opens at night. Lille is home to one of the largest universities in France, and with over 100,000 students living in Lille because of the university there is an incredible amount of nightlife on offer.
Museums in Lille
If you’re not a retail junkie and are more interested in soaking up some culture on your vacation to Lille, there are a couple of places worth visiting. The Museum of Modern Art, which is located a short distance away from the town centre, has an extensive collection of art from the 20th century as well as a significant amount of highly contemporary artworks by French artists.