City break experience
Let Cambrai regale you with Rubens, fine lace from Caudry, or sweet talk you into trying a bêtise, a mighty mint. Drop into the palatial Matisse Museum at Le Cateau-Cambrésis, birthplace of the master artist. Or admire locally born Watteau’s works at Valenciennes, home to the vast Palace of Fine Arts, a national theatre and a music academy. Douai is a city of giants: its three-day festival sees the biggest on parade. Listen to the bells at the ancient belfry, admired by Victor Hugo for its beauty.