When we think of places to go to take advantage of the summer holidays, we remember the countries and regions located in southern Europe, such as Spain and Andalusia, Italy and Puglia, without forgetting France. located in the world. If you’re a sea person, why not take this amazing road trip this summer? But this summer, it stands out in another corner of France. To the extent that it is considered the trendiest destination of the season.
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30% increase for rent research
This unexpected destination is Pas-de-Calais. A study by holiday booking sites Expedia and Abritel reveals that this sector is the largest increase in the number of bookings for the summer of 2023 compared to last year, with our colleagues from France 3. There were a total of 30 people. % more searches for rentals in July and August in a year. How can this enthusiasm for Pas-de-Calais be explained? First, there’s the rental price, as explained by Abritel spokesperson Xavier Roussello. “Staying with family along the Channel coasts is often cheaper and makes it possible for residents of the northern part of the country to find more easily accessible accommodation to save on transport costs”.
Another advantage of the French sector: its mild temperatures. In the face of global warming, our summers are getting hotter. Belgium experienced its first heat wave last week. Waiting for others… So tourists are looking for maximum refreshment during their holidays. Sectors in northern France have been least affected by the heat in recent summers. The mercury shows a temperature of 25/30 degrees higher than 40 degrees in the south of France.
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Northern cities with many properties
Is this interest in Pas-de-Calais surprising? Not really. France 3 recalls that this trend was already visible last spring: “At the beginning of May, tourism experts in the region were able to observe an increase in the number of reservations in Hauts-de-France. The region has increased by 5 points to 72% compared to 2022. Pas-de-Calais, it must be said, is home to towns with attractions that appeal to solo vacationers with family or friends. This is the case of Boulogne-sur-Mer, home to Europe’s largest aquarium, Nausicaa. You can also find beautiful little fishing ports in the surrounding area. Mention the city of Calais, where one can admire its magnificent lighthouse and indulge in numerous water sports. If you want a more upmarket holiday, head towards Le Touquet-Paris-Plage.
Beyond Pas-de-Calais, the whole of northern France is enjoying a new Dunkirk-like interest. Located in the Nord department, the city is considered the new “seaside” due to its more than attractive real estate prices. A capital report dedicated to the city reveals that houses within a 10-minute walk from the sea cost less than 2000€ per square meter. As Seloger.com points out, if you know that the average price of real estate in France is around €3,249, you can understand why Dunkirk is becoming more and more attractive. The city is doing everything it can to improve its waterfront. Renovations are currently underway. They will end in June 2023, before summer begins. In addition, the city of Dunkirk has decided to make its public transport free of charge. A chance for tourists to make some significant savings during their stay.
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