ThebayofSommeis a huge estuary located in the north ofFrance, and is the largest in the country.Sommeis most popular with wildlife enthusiasts, and with a colony of seals and a huge variety of birdlife everyone will see a huge range of animals and birds.
With a number of sandy beaches, a marina nearby and of course the history of battle,Sommeis a great place to visit. When visiting, the best way to get around is by car, so hiring a car is vital if you fly or get the train in.
Things to do when hiring a car in Somme
Parc de Marquenterre
A stunning nature reserve set over 250 hectares of land near the sea. With sand dunes, forests and marshes the area is perfect for nature to grow and breed and you’ll enjoy seeing literally thousands of birds mixing with some rare oystercatchers, spoonbills and barnacle geese.
St Valery sur Somme
A stunningMarinatown, with plenty going on to do and see. You can watch the fisherman bring their catch in, enjoy eating it in the many restaurants or visit the boutiques and shops down the small backstreets of this town. We just sat in a cafe and watched the world go by.
The other side of the estuary, Le Crotoy has miles and miles of south facing sandy beaches which are perfect for sunbathes and swimmers. In the summer we love the steam railway which links the two towns and makes for a great sightseeing trip.
Abbey of Valloires
Featuring over 5000 different rare species of roses and shrubs, the Abbey of Valloires was built in the 12th century by a Cistercian monk, and was completed in the 18th century. With much the the building preserved, and the gardens amazing, a visit to the Abbey of Valloires is a must.
Cathedral of Amiens
A UNESCO world heritage site, the Cathedral of Amiens is home to the oldest spire inFrance, with the wooden spire covered in lead to preserve its form. A popular tourist destination with artists, who enjoy painting in the light created by the areas own sub climate.
Home to the battle of theSomme, the area is steeped in history from both the First World War and battles before that, like the Battle of Crecy. Fought amongst abbeys and chateau, the many battle on this land can still be imagined as the landscape is still clearly formed by the trenches and stretches of No Man’s Land which once existed.