Chosen as the European capital of bio-diversity in 2012, Lille takes special care of its natural environment. The range and quality of green spaces and squares in the city provide ample evidence of this commitment. To make the most of this, why not take a break in the Jardin Vauban gardens? This haven of green, opened in 1863, is listed as a historic monument and comes in the shape of an English garden with an artificial grotto, basins and monuments which pay tribute to famous figures from the history of Lille. From April to October, it also features a puppet theatre, much to the delight of children.
The more contemporary Jardin des Géants garden offers wilderness and poetry. Located next to Euralille, it offers visitors the opportunity to wander between bamboo groves, clearings, basins and water mirrors. If you are looking for flowers, make your way the Jardin des Plantes gardens. In the south of the city, this park features an equatorial green house, a stunning rose garden, and trees and bushes arranged by country of origin.
Feel like relaxing among leafy surroundings? Head to one of the city's big parks. Near the town hall, Jean-Baptiste Lebas park welcomes you behind high red railings. Its vast lawn is planted with extensive flower beds, and it is home to several play areas and boules alleys. The even larger Citadelle park offers even more to do. Near its entrance, the Poussins park is perfect for little ones: trampolines, wooden horses, a little train, merry-go-round, bumper cars... It is also in this park that you will find Lille Zoo. With its aviary, its tropical house, valley of the monkeys and American and African lands, it is home to 70 species, which are sure to delight the whole family. Other parks near Lille, such as Mosaïc, Près de Hem or the Musée de Plein Air (open air museum) are sure to impress.