3 departements (administrative division)
Area : 19 311 km²
3,5 % of french territory.
Population : 1 894 000 inhabitants
Density : 98 inhabitants/km²
2 292 towns.
Regional capital : Amiens, 142 km from Paris.
Picardy is a region with a temperate oceanic climate, which becomes more continental towards the east.
Three major rivers, the Aisne, the Oise and the Somme, give their names to the three departments of the region. Over 700 km of waterways and 1200 km of rivers crisscross the region.
Picardy Coast extends over 40 km from Mers-les-Bains in the south, to the Bay of Authie, in north. The coast is varied. In south, the chalk cliffs overlook the pebbly beaches and in the north lies a vast maritime plain, bordered by a sandy beach and a dune landscape. The mouth of the Somme, ranked among the « most beautiful bays in the world », separates the two zones.
Forests occupy 17% of the region and 2.3% of french woodlands.
Picardie has maintained a very rural territory : 70% of the territory is agricultural land. The remaining 11% correspond to urban areas.
94 000 beds for tourists in all accommodations : hotels, campsites, guest houses, lodges, tourist homes).
The Paris-Beauvais-Tillé airport is located at 63 km from Amiens, serves many European destinations.
The SNCF network covers all major cities of the territory of Picardie.
Distances and travel times :
Amiens - Paris : 1h10 by train, 1h30 by motorway A16 or A1 (142 km)
Amiens - Baie de Somme : 45 minutes by motorway A16
Amiens - Bruxelles : 2h15 by motorway A1 (226 km)
Amiens - Londres : 4h00 by road + Channel (321 km)
Below, you will find the kilometric distances and travel times between Paris and various cities of Picardie, and between cities in the territory.