The Somme is a department full of surprises and beautiful places to visit. Located in the northern part of France in the Hauts-de-France region, the Somme takes its name from the major river that flows through it and its main city is Amiens. Depending on your requirements and your needs, HomeCamper has various hosts in store for you that are going to be able to make you enjoy your stay like never before. Lovers of vanlife, roadtrips, and outdoor camping will be delighted!
The underground city of Naours is already a first unusual visit. It is in fact a real underground city with a total of 28 galleries, also known as "muches". This underground city could accommodate around 2000 people, and had the organization of a real village with its squares, wells and its chapel.
The Samara park also reveals the daily life of several centuries ago. With a total of 1200 sqm of exhibitions including several gardens as well as reconstructions of houses over the centuries. Many craft demonstrations also take place if you want a total immersion.
The château des Rambures, dating from the 12th century, is a pleasant visit to make, especially for its interiors or its 15 hectares of park. Its rose garden reveals nearly 450 species of roses.
Blangy-sur-Bresle is home to the Museum of Glassmaking, which alone accounts for 75% of world production in the field of luxury perfumery.
Amiens is the capital of the Somme. Its 13th century Gothic cathedral has been classified by UNESCO. 145 metres long, it is the largest Gothic cathedral in France. It also contains many treasures, including the oldest comic book in the world and the reliquary of St. Firmin. In Amiens, the house of Jules Verne and the zoological park (esplanade de la Hotoie) are to be discovered. We also recommend that you take a walk in the Quartier Saint Lieu, which is particularly pleasant.
The village of Doullens is also a must to visit in the Somme. Its citadel of Doullens is a legacy of the village's military past, with its ramparts and women's prisons.
The village of Picquigny contains the remains of its castle. Yet another must-visit site in the department.
The Somme also contains some remarkable natural sites, the most magnificent of which is the Baie de Somme. This bay extends over 70km2 and offers remarkable panoramas. It is not uncommon to spot seals and many migratory birds.
Finally, the Somme is also a fishermen's paradise with many fishing areas such as the domain of the Islands in Offroy, the Narvik Blue or the "domaine des Vaches".
Being close to the English Channel means that the winter months can become pretty cold and windy, so we can only advise you to plan your trip around the months of May until the month of september if you can be skittish when low temperatures hit.
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences!