Lille - At a glance

Lille at a glance

Location Northwest France, 45 minutes’ drive from the Channel coast. By rail it is 35 minutes from Brussels, 1 hour from Paris and 1 hour 40 minutes from London.
Climate Average temperatures: winter 6°C; spring and autumn 14°C; summer 23°C. For weather forecasts, check online weather services or dial 08 92 68 02 59
Population 225,784 in the city; 1,108,991 in the greater metropolitan area
Language Predominantly French; also some Flemish. A composite patois Ch’ti may also be heard 
Religion Principally Roman Catholic; also Protestant, Muslim and Jewish 
Currency Euro (for up-to-date exchange rates, see
Time GMT/BST +1 hour
International telephone code +33
Public holidays 1 January, 1 May, 8 May, Pentecost Monday, 14 July (national day), 15 August, 1 November, 11 November, 25 December
School holidays One week at the end of October, two weeks at Christmas, two weeks in February, two in spring, the whole of July and August

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Our favourite alternative European city breaks

You've been to Paris, Rome and Barcelona – so what next?


Je Suis Braderie - Lille’s legendary street market fights back

The Braderie de Lille, Europe's biggest street sale, is set to return in September 2017. 


Don’t junk your Braderie weekend

The legendary Braderie flea market may have been cancelled, but Lille's spirit is alive and well. So, what should you do if you have already booked your trip to the city?


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