Beauvais may be best known as the site of a modern airport that serves the French capital but, in fact, Paris is a hefty 60 miles drive south on the A16. If you're hiring a car in Beauvais, however, you'll find that there is an interesting small and historic city to explore. It stands in the Picardy region of northern France, midway between Amiens and Paris. Its site is close to the junction of two rivers at the foot of a wooded hilly area and is surrounded by rich agricultural land, farms and villages. Drivers will find that the airport does bestow one unexpected benefit on the city – excellent road connections with the rest of France.