Lille Tourism

Lille is horribly under rated for a city with so much to offer. Beautiful architecture, pretty cobblestone roads, a thriving student population; it’s hard to go wrong with these elements. The town is at it’s best on Sundays when the citizens fill up the streets for the market. The many pedestrian streets offer up many stalls and boutiques. Hundreds of tiny patisseries offer up chocolates, cakes and waffles for the best sweet tooth soothe ever! And in all this atmosphere, remember to take in all the museums and the palaces.

Archeo digs have shown that the land around Lille might have been settled as early as 2000 B.C. The name literally means “The Island”, which seems to match evidence that the lands were once quite marshy. Gauls were it’s first inhabitants, then Vikings. 12th century onwards, it’s increasingly famous cloth fair put the city on the map rather prominently. After a bout of plague and influx of Protestants in the 16th century, the French assumed control in the 17th, and the Dutch in the 18th – for only five years, before reverting to French. The Germans occupied it for the large part of WWI and WWII, and the British freed the city both times.

Today, Lille’s main tourist attractions revolve around the architecture the city inherited from its mixed past. The city is one of France’s major metropolitan areas and yet retains much of its old charm – this is especially evident in its thrice a week open market, the Marché de Wazemme, its cobblestone roads and historic row houses. A classic European city, Lille’s bustling student population also makes it a cultural hotspot.

Essential travel information and Lille tips for your visit

  • Tourists are advised to research the menus and prices of numerous restaurants to choose the best quality of food served among them.
  • Communication is preferably casual and informal, and regards with close association even on meeting for the first time is usual.
  • Learning some of the common French vocabularies is highly advised.
  • Red flowers as gifts are discouraged.
  • Emphasis on personal wealth, property, and achievements are regarded as negative aspects in a person.
  • Direct interaction and communication with the concerned person or persons.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Lille

  • Know the pollution level of Lille before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 42.11 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 38.64 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 54.55 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65.91 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 29.55 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 26.67 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Lille for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Lille.

    • Burglary and Theft 40.91 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 44.32 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 35.23 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 19.32 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 36.36 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 43.18 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 44.32 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 59.09 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 73.86 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 45.45 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 51.14 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 26.14 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 63.64 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Lille is 163.24 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 55.95 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 87.78 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 49.71 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32.67 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 67.65 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 87.73 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.61 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 89.38 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Lille

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.36 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.44 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.16 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.77 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 100.01 USD

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