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Abbeville is a large and important market town that lies on the banks of the River Somme in the department of the same name. Suffering badly from the bombing raids of the Second World War, Abbeville rose from its ashes to be rebuilt into a vibrant and thriving city. Although some of its heritage was lost in the destruction, several historic buildings remain and attract large numbers of visitors. Abbeville benefits from its location near to the Picardy coast.
The town is well equipped with shops, services and other amenities. Traditional street markets are held twice weekly, on Thursdays and Saturdays, as a norm, and occasionally on other days too. For anyone considering a permanent move to Abbeville, it's good to know that the town offers plenty of good schools, health services and everything you'll need for a comfortable lifestyle.
In spite of the best efforts of the German bombers in World War Two, Abbeville still attracts visitors to its remaining important heritage buildings. These include the Saint Vulfran Collegiate Church, the Saint Sepulchre Church, a 13th century belfry said to be one of the oldest in France, and the chateau and gardens of Bagatelle. Culture vultures will enjoy a visit to the excellent Boucher de Perthes Museum.
Abbeville is close to the Picardy coast, so days out at the seaside are always possible. Walkers will find lots of lovely countryside just out of town, while cycling and horse-riding are also popular. There's a good golf course in Abbeville too.
A visit to Somme's capital city of Amiens will always be time well spent. The city is packed with heritage, with the UNESCO listed High Gothic cathedral being the high point. For a change of pace, take a day to get to know Crécy en Ponthieu, a small and atmospheric market town that is set amid the infamous Somme battlefields. This gives you a chance not only to enjoy historic Crécy, but also to discover the war heritage of the region. Then, the vibrant seaside resort of Le Crotoy is another to add to your list of places to see near to Abbeville. It's got a great south-facing beach, colonies of seals and shags and fantastic seafood.
Le Touquet and Paris Beauvais are the nearest airports. The port of Calais, which has links to the UK using both ferries and trains, is within an easy drive. The port of Dieppe is also close by. Abbeville has its own railway station, so continuing by local train is no problem. For those who wish to drive, Abbeville can be accessed from both the A16 and A28 motorways.
Picardy as a whole offers some very reasonably priced properties, and Abbeville is no exception. Prices are generally low and there are some great bargains to be found, with numerous properties on the market for less than 100,000 Euros.
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Abbeville is situated in the north-west of the Somme department. It lies 180 kilometres north-west of Paris.
Access: By air: Fly to Le Touquet or Paris Beauvais airports. By ferry: Sea travel takes you from the UK to Calais or Dieppe. By rail: Use the Channel Tunnel and continue by local train to Abbeville. By road: The town lies near the A16 and A28 motorways.
Economy: The economy is varied and includes commerce, industry and tourism.
Interesting fact: Much of Abbeville had to be rebuilt after being destroyed by bombing in the Second World War.
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