Autumn is the ideal time to explore Europe. The weather is sunny and warm, accommodation prices drop and the landscape glows with a vibrant mix of red, bronze and amber. Enjoy the stunning countryside views from the sweeping, serpentine roads on the 45-minute drive from Calais to Arras before relaxing in the heart of the Hauts de France region.
On arrival at Arras visit the city’s main square, the Grand Place, and its famous baroque facades. One of the city’s most famous attributes is the 16th century Belfry tower, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering imposing views over Arras and the surrounding countryside from a dizzying height of 180ft.
Thanks to Arras Tourist Board, you’ll receive free tickets to the Belfry and to the 10th century Wellington Tunnels, or Boves, underneath the city. The network of secret passages were used by wealthy merchants to store their goods underground and later played a crucial role sheltering Allied soldiers in the Battle of Arras during the First World War.
During your visit to Arras, you’ll stay at the city centre Hotel Le Dôme just a short walk from the historic Belfry and Main Square (breakfast included and parking available on site). Dinner on the first night of your trip is also included with your stay and you’ll dine at the elegant gastronomic restaurant La Coupole. The restaurant serves a bistro-style menu inspired by local seasonal produce.
Highlights of the events taking place in the region between now and December include:
• 7th October-4th November The Museum of Fine Arts hosts a brand new exhibition on the history of Napoleon with more than 100 key paintings and sculptures from the collections of the Palace of Versailles.
• 3rd-12th November The 18th edition of the Arras International Film Festival takes place in Grand Place with an eclectic mix of European cinematic treats and premieres.
• 24th November-30th December The Grand Place hosts the Arras Christmas Market – one of the biggest in Northern France with 100 exhibitors and a Christmas village featuring a skating rink and a host of musical events and activities.
• Experience all of this for yourself with DFDS’ short break fares on its Dover to Calais and Dover to Dunkirk routes from £35 return. Book until 10th December for travel until 13th December at www.dfds.co.uk
How to enter
To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the question below and send your answer on a postcard, along with your name, address, email and contact number, to Arras DFDS competition, INDEX, 39 Little Mount Sion, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1YS by noon on Monday 23rd October 2017. The winner will be the first correct answer drawn at random.*
What is the driving distance from the port at Calais to Arras?
A: 68 miles
B: 74 miles
C: 56 miles
The winner will be the first correct entry drawn at random. The prize is not transferable, there is no cash alternative and the editor’s decision is final.