House and unconverted barn near Le Touquet in Pas-de-Calais, France
Departments of Nord and Pas-de-Calais
Located at the very north of France and only 20 miles from the UK mainland is the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Sharing a border with Belgium, it is a densely populated, industrial region with some four million inhabitants. Its proximity to the UK and the ease of access, especially with the opening of the Channel Tunnel, makes this region popular not only for second homes but also for holidaymakers and there are a number of tourist resorts along the coastline. Le Toquet is one of the more exclusive of these. The regional capital is Lille which has both an airport and Eurostar stop (two hours from London). The climate is equivalent to that of the south of England.