During your cheap weekend in Lille, you’ll discover the history of this pearl of a northern city. An official city of art and history, it bears the marks of the various occupiers who have made a home there over the centuries. Let us give you a few tips before you set out on your adventure into the most famous districts near our ibis hotels.
At the heart of the city
Old Lille is ideal for romantic strolls. The district gets its especially attractive character from the exceptionally preserved façades of its houses. Get lost in cobbled streets on the trail of 17th-century architecture.
A panoramic view
The Grand’Place (also known as the Place du Général-de-Gaulle) is just yards from your ibis Lille Centre Grand Place hotel. A vestige of the medieval city, it welcomes lots of events, including the Christmas market and famous car boot sale.
A destination for music lovers
For a 360° view of the city, go to the top of the belfry. This concrete and red brick tower is 104m tall. It stands next to the city hall and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Both buildings have contemporary art collections.
A breath of fresh air
Opera, theatre and dance all light up Lille’s cultural calendar. An officially listed building, Lille’s opera house was constructed between 1907 and 1913. Its neo-Classical architecture was strongly influenced by the Opéra de Paris. You’ll love its formidable staircases, foyer, auditorium and more.
When you’re on your cheap weekend in Lille, you can get to the citadel on foot or by bike. It was Louis XIV who ordered that the fortress be built. French designer Vauban oversaw the task. The surrounding zoo and leafy park are lovely places to relax or enjoy a tranquil stroll.