History of the town of Douai
Douai, a prominent French town, is situated in the Nord department within the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. The earliest mention of Douai dates back to 930. During the French Revolution, the town was notable for its large station on the road linking Paris to Lille. Both World Wars brought considerable destruction to Douai. However, post-World War II, the town experienced significant industrial growth, particularly in the coal sector, becoming a pivotal center in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais coal basin.
This industrial heritage has played a crucial role in shaping the town’s identity and economic development, contributing to its rich historical tapestry.
Tourism and activities in Douai
Douai, renowned as a city of art and history, boasts an array of remarkable monuments and attractions. The Belfry of Douai, standing at 54 meters, was constructed in the fourteenth century and houses a carillon of 62 bells. Visitors are encouraged to explore the Saint-Pierre and Saint-Ame churches, the Notre-Dame church, the house of the Knights Templar, and the Priory of St. Gregory in Douai. The city’s courthouse, adorned in the 1715 and 1790s, is another historical highlight.
For nature enthusiasts, Douai offers stunning parks and gardens, including the Charles Bertin park, named after the mayor of Douai from 1896 to 1919. Other notable green spaces include the Park Shore Gayant, the Tour des Dames Park, the Charles Fenain Park, and the area of the Cottage. The nature reserve of Marsh Wagnonville is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers. Additionally, Douai features guided tours of its monastery museum and the museum of natural sciences and archaeology, enriching visitors’ cultural and historical understanding of the area.
For convenient exploration of Douai, consider our transfer service, offering three types of comfortable vehicles: a collective shuttle, a private car, and a luxury VIP car, each accompanied by a knowledgeable driver-guide.
Transfer from Douai to Paris airports
Strategically located, Douai is just 7 km from the Regional National Park Scarpe-Escaut and 176 km from Paris. The town is approximately 170 km from Charles de Gaulle Airport, 171 km from Paris Beauvais Airport, and 208 km from Orly Airport, making it accessible for travelers seeking to explore the rich cultural and historical heritage of this unique region.