French Flanders

French Flanders, located in the north of France, is a region with a unique charm, history and culture rich in tradition. It is a region with a marvellous heritage, both from a landscape and architectural point of view. This vast plain, which extends into Belgium, is divided into three sub-areas: Maritime Flanders, Inland Flanders and the Lille region.

We are located on the ridge separating Maritime Flanders from Inland Flanders and therefore enjoy hilly landscapes as well as vast plains leading to the sea.

Here are some details about these 2 sub-regions

Maritime Flanders

also known as Bootland, is the part of the region that stretches along the North Sea coast. This area is characterised by its vast dune-fringed beaches and birdlife, and is an invitation to take long walks and enjoy the fresh air. This region is more extensive and includes plains and marshes, as well as historic towns and villages such as Wormhout, Esquelbecq and Bergues.

You can also explore the old quarter of Bergues, surrounded by ramparts and moats, which appeared in the film Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis.

Inland Flanders

maison hotes cassel flandre
view on the Cassel mountain © Haut-de-France Tourisme

also known as Houtland or “woodland”, offers a different landscape. This part of the country is very agricultural with fields of hops, flax, beet and chicory, as well as herds of cows and horses. The windmills, hall churches and censes, Flemish farmhouses with white walls and red-tiled roofs, offer a unique rustic charm. The Flanders Hills and their bocage also promise beautiful walks and horse rides. The Monts de Flandre is a hilly region with hills rising to around 200 metres and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Among the villages to visit, I recommend Cassel, a charming little town with a rich historical heritage. The town is dominated by a hill topped by an old mill, offering a panoramic view over the countryside.

Natural sites

While walking through the Monts de Flandre and the Hauts de Flandre, you will also discover nature reserves, such as the Parc Naturel Régional des Caps et Marais d’Opale, the Réserve Naturelle Nationale de la Dune Marchand soon to be the site of the Dunes de Flandre and the Platier d’Oye. These preserved natural sites are home to a rich and varied fauna and flora, offering visitors a unique hiking experience.


This part of the region is also known for its lively folklore.

Culture and tradition are very important in Flanders. Giants, carnivals, fairs, cosy cafés (estaminet) and markets attract locals and tourists alike. The towns of Hazebrouck, Cassel and the villages of Steenvoorde, Esquelbecq and Boeschepe reflect this festive atmosphere.

You will also discover a region rich in built heritage, where many mills are still visible, Steenwoorde Cassel Pitgam, Hondschoote, Wormhout, and Watten.


Finally, if you are looking for a place to eat, don’t miss the chance to taste regional dishes such as Flemish carbonnade, waterzoï or potjevleesch, accompanied by a local craft beer.

The Flanders Hills and the Flanders Highlands are an ideal destination for anyone looking to disconnect from city life and reconnect with nature and Flemish culture.

In conclusion, French Flanders is a region rich in history, culture and tradition. Nature is diverse with beaches, marshes, agricultural fields and wooded hills. The towns and villages reflect the festive atmosphere of the region with events throughout the year