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When is the best time to fly to Lille?
The best time to book flights to Lille is during spring, as the sun shines and flowers blossom across the city. This is the perfect time to visit and make the most of all the outdoor activities Lille has to offer, for instance, many of the museums have outdoor exhibits during this period.
If you’d prefer to explore the city when the weather is a little hotter than a flight to Lille during summer would be more suitable. The charming city is known for its summer festivals making it another great time to pay a visit. During the school and national holidays the city comes to life especially on Bastille Day, the 14th July. It’s the perfect time for party goers, as the city is filled with a carnival-like atmosphere, floatillas and a huge firework display.
Autumn and winter, when the climate is cooler, is the best time to look for discount deals on hotels, apartments, guest houses and studios, as well as cheap flights to Lille.
The historical town of Lille in north east France is only one and a half hours drive away from the Euro Tunnel Terminal in Calais. The town’s rich history is reflected in the beautiful architecture as well as the fine museums and monuments. Visitors from all over the world book flights to Lille and are welcomed by its unique mix of friendly Flemish and French speaking population.
There are plenty of things to see and do in Lille. All the family can enjoy visiting Citadel Park on a guided tour. It’s a French fortification which is still occupied by the army today and is considered to be a city within a city. Spend the day at Le Zoo which is on the outskirts of town. There are more than 400 animals including monkeys, tigers, elephants and panthers, so don’t forget your camera to capture these amazing creatures. The Old Town known as Vieux Lille is a picturesque district packed with chic boutiques, art galleries, cafes and restaurants where you can try French style mussels, escargots (snails) and even frogs’ legs. One of the most attractive landmarks in the city is the Grand Place Plaza. It’s the perfect place to have a coffee while relaxing and watching the world go by. Have a wander around the antique shops or Wazemmes Market where you can buy local food, flowers and fabric
Most people get around town by using the reliable subway lines. This is a cheap travel option especially when buying a daily or weekly discount ticket. There are also local bus services throughout Lille including cable trains that can take you to the regions of Roubaix and Tourcoing. Why not hire a bicycle during your stay to cycle around?
Getting from the Airport to the City
Lille International Airport (LIL) is located 4 miles (6.5 km) south-south east of the city. It’s the twelfth busiest airport in France handling millions of passengers each year. Direct coach travel from the airport to the city runs once an hour. Expect a journey time of 20 minutes. Just outside the arrivals hall you can find an array of taxis but make sure to agree a price before setting off. There is also private car hire if you prefer.
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