A former European capital of culture, it combines the traditional with the modern and is a good base for exploring Flanders.
Visit the cosmopolitan and compact town of Lille, the birthplace of Charles de Gaulle, close to the Belgian border. The city has an interesting history, architecture and gardens. It can either be visited as a day trip by Eurostar or as a short stay which would include a visit to the surrounding Flanders region. Lille is easily accessible from the UK by Eurostar train.