Things to do in Europe


Romantic Weekend in France

Romantic Weekend in France   

Hit the road with your loved one this spring and take the romance up a level!

Driving to Northern France takes only 35 minutes through the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone, Kent, making this the perfect destination for a romantic weekend break.

Paris is known as the city of love, but there are a number of other beautiful towns within a short driving distance of the Calais port district worthy of your attention.


Culture in Boulogne

At only 1 ¼ hour’s drive from Folkestone, the picturesque Boulogne-sur-Mer is filled with art and culture. The walled city is home to a 13th century castle as well as the statuesque cathedral, the Basilica of Notre Dame. According to legend, a statue of the Virgin Mary located at the domed Basilica is thought to bring prosperity.

Sit down to dinner for two at one of Boulogne’s most romantic restaurants, L’ilo Vert, which was featured in the 2016 Michelin Guide. With cuisine made from local produce and a sophisticated atmosphere, you and your partner can enjoy a taste of France on the terrace.

Finish your evening with a moonlit stroll around the old town square, hand in hand.

If a sea view appeals, Le Torquet is a 25 minute drive from Boulogne, where the two of you can take to the skies with a guided tour of the lighthouse.


Champagne and Chocolate in Lille

Wander through the cobbled streets and city squares of Lille (a two and a half hour drive from Folkestone) and take in the 16th and 17th century buildings. Among them are the Grand Palace and the Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, one of the largest art museums in France.

A romantic trip to Lille is not complete without indulging your taste buds at the Maison Meert patisserie. Discover new delicacies for a passionate evening of pastries, melt in the mouth chocolate and two glasses of champagne.

Heading off to France for a romantic break? Start your drive off well-rested by getting a good night’s sleep at the Holiday Inn Express Folkestone – Channel Tunnel! We’ll set you on your way after a good night’s sleep and an Express Start Breakfast!

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