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About  Nord-pas-de-Calais
map of France with the Nord-pas de Calais region highlighted.
Population
(Ranked  4th
4,043
326/km˛)
DEPARTMENTS
Nord  59
Pas de Calais  62
   Capital:  Lille
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Pas de Calais website
The Nord pas de Calais Region of France in somewhere that most visitors to France just pass through from one of the busy channel ports to their destination, but this area has a lot to offer. It is a region of landscape contrasts from the long coast line where the 120kms of sandy beaches of the Cote d'Opale have  many pretty villages as well as the three major ports of Dunkerque, boulogne and Calais. There are also the enormous cliffs at "le Grand Site National des Caps" with their two huge cliffs overhanging the Channel, to the rolling hills dotted with windmills, wide open spaces with gentle meadows, marshes, woods and forests. There is a vast network of canals and waterways ideal for all types of boating.

The Region is bordered by Belgium, the English Channel with the Picardy Region to the west and south.