Discovering the Pays du Coquelicot !
The viewpoints circuit of the Somme valley
To see, read and understand the history of man in the valley, his relationship with nature and how he has shaped the landscape. The goal is definitely preservation and enhancement of the valley’s natural landscapes, classified at European level, together with an opportunity to give life to the area, revealing its identity to its residents and visitors.
The educational marsh of Méricourt-sur-Somme
Situated within the bog valley of the Haute-Somme, the marsh has elements of European natural heritage interest: several species of blue, red and green dragonflies, reed cricket, songbirds withstanding harsh climates, butterflies, pink or white flowers, etc.
The Eclusier-Vaux site and La Montagne de Notre Dame de Vaux
A viewpoint offers a superb view over the ponds like the path taken by the goats during their annual pastures on the "Larris" or calcareous grassland. A 800 m landscaped path through ponds goes near an eel pond. A lovely setting of protected flowers.
The Mountain of Frise
Like its neighbour, the Mountain of Eclusier-Vaux, the Mountain of Frise is one of the last Larris of the Haute-Somme. The site was the scene of the First World War (see the book by Blaise Cendrars: “La main coupée”). The Mountain of Frise indeed retains clear traces of the trenches. A lovely setting of protected flowers.
The neo-Byzantine basilica of Albert
It surprises visitors by its size, its stylistic compromise and rich ornamentation. An architectural gem of neo-Byzantine style, called "Lourdes of the North" by Pope Leo XIII, it is a pilgrimage shrine to this day. Imposing marble furnishings, colourful mosaics, stained glass windows. The dome, 62 m high, is painted with gold leaf.
The Art Deco circuit of Albert
The town was devastated at the end of the 14-18 war. The reconstruction was an opportunity to modernize the practices of the habitat in which the architects integrated the needs and innovations of the twentieth century. 260 facades to see in free or Tourist Office guided visits.
The Somme 1916 Museum of Albert
250m of underground passages to understand the lives of soldiers in the trenches. Amazing reconstitution of characters and their lives during the offensive of 1st July 1916, in fifteen alcoves. Sound simulations.
The Museum of the Aeronatical Epic of Albert
Since 1924, the aerospace business is a significant part of the identity of the Pays du Coquelicot. The Aérolia plant, 100% subsidiary of the EADS group, produces the noses of AIRBUS planes. Amazing collection of over 60 aircraft having served in wars, films.
The historic narrow gauge railway museum of Neuville-les-Bray
Built by the French and British armies in preparation for the offensive on 1st July 1916, the line made it possible to maintain contact in the trenches. Up to 1,500 tons per day of equipment and ammunition were transported in this way. Fifty amazingly rehabilitated narrow gauge locomotives and wagons to be seen.
The town of Bray-sur-Somme, its church and its pretty harbour
Church listed as a historical monument, symbolizing the turning point between Romanesque and Gothic. Two eighteenth-century laundry basins. Two health pathways to discover the Marais du Couchant and their environments. Near the old port: herons, dragonflies, damselflies, water lilies, iris, queen of the meadows, water mint, etc.
But also... The châteaux of Méricourt sur Somme, Raincheval and Marieux
The nautical base of Cappy
Canoes, pedal boats and houseboats are available for hire by the day, weekend, week or more. Possibility of going up the river Somme, circuit of 6 cathedrals. Weekend package on a barge at the Tourist Office