The A16 motorway, heading towards Belgium

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The A16 motorway, from the Paris region to the Belgian border

The A16 motorway is a major communication axis in France. Stretching for nearly 312 kilometers, it connects Dunkirk to Amiens. This expressway plays a crucial role in the region’s economic and logistical fabric. It begins in the north of the Paris region (at the Croix Verte interchange) and extends to the Belgian border at Bray-Dunes in the Nord department. This essential route will make you discover the wonders of the cities of Beauvais, Amiens, Calais and Dunkirk.

This picturesque highway crosses varied landscapes, passing through green plains, industrial areas and offering breathtaking views of the English Channel coast.

The A16 is an essential link in the motorway network, offering a fast and efficient means of transport while presenting challenges in terms of traffic management and safety, requiring constant vigilance from the authorities and users.

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Boulogne-sur-Mer: Jewel of the Opal Coast

Boulogne-sur-Mer, on the magnificent Côte d'Opale, is an essential stop-off point on the A16 freeway. This picturesque town is brimming with history and maritime charm.

Boulogne-sur-Mer's old town, with its cobbled streets and half-timbered houses, offers a unique medieval atmosphere. Stroll through the narrow streets, discover artisanal stores and appreciate the authentic architecture.

Don't miss Nausicaá, the Centre National de la Mer, Europe's largest aquarium. The richness of Boulogne-sur-Mer also lies in its port history, which you can explore at the Musée du Château, where captivating exhibits trace the region's maritime past.

Boulogne-sur-Mer, with its combination of medieval charm, exciting marine life and culinary delights, is an unforgettable stop-off point along the A16 freeway, inviting travelers to soak up the authenticity of the Côte d'Opale.


Amiens : Capital of Picardy

The journey continues in style in Amiens, the capital of Picardy. In the heart of this historic city, the imposing Notre-Dame Cathedral, a 13th-century Gothic masterpiece listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, awaits you. Admire the breathtaking stained glass windows and climb the tower for a panoramic view of the city.

Amiens is also famous for its picturesque canals, where you can take a ride in a traditional boat called a "barque à cornet". Explore the Saint-Leu districts, known for their charming half-timbered houses.

Amiens cuisine is a true delight. Try local specialties like a crepe filled with béchamel and ham, or Amiens macaroons, a sweet almond-based delicacy.

Amiens, with its combination of architectural beauty, vibrant culture and delicious cuisine, offers the perfect conclusion to your journey along the A16 freeway.

Towns to discover along the A16 motorway

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The city of Beauvais

Beauvais, France, is well worth a visit for its majestic Gothic cathedral, one of the tallest in the world. The city offers a rich history, a charming medieval ambience and a thriving artistic culture.

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The town of Calais

Calais, a coastal town in northern France, offers a unique cultural and maritime experience, with its historic heritage, beaches, Lace Museum and famous statue of the Six Bourgeois.

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The city of Dunkirk

Dunkirk, with its unique maritime charm, offers a rich history, sandy beaches, Art Deco architecture and a dynamic port. Explore its past and enjoy the coastal atmosphere.