Always something to see..
NO matter what the time of year you will always have plenty of things to do whenever you tour France. Here are a few highlights:
You’ll always find food festivals, spectacular exhibitions and cultural displays at art galleries and museums across France, but the country offers a fabulous mix of world-class annual events.
January is Rallye Monte Carlo time. Choose between the modern, World Rally Championship version and, held straight afterwards, the historic version, when classic cars compete on the often tight and twisty roads. It’s the stuff to excite any motor sport enthusiast.
In February, look out for exotic creations made entirely from lemons (and other citrus fruits) in the colorful world of the Lemon Festival in Menton, on the Côte d’Azur.
The English are (now) welcome to the Joan of Arc Festival in Orléans in April, a celebration of the liberation of the city by the teenage fighter, who defeated the English during the Hundred Years War. There’s plenty of medieval atmosphere and charging knights on horseback.
The following month there’s something very different – get your autograph books out in May to improve your collection of star-studded signatures at the Cannes Film Festival, where there’s lots of glitz and glamour. Plus, in the Loire Valley, you’ve got until October to visit the International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire. With a different theme each year, there’s plenty to inspire your own garden.
Come June, you can choose between two sporting greats – the French Tennis Open at Roland-Garros in Paris or the Le Mans 24-Hour Race near the city of Le Mans in the Pays de la Loire. Either way, you’ll find tests of endurance and speed.
In July, it is time for one of the Riviera’s biggest events. Get toe-tapping at the Nice Jazz Festival or find yourself clinging to the roadside listening to the whoosh of bicycles pass you by on the Tour de France. And don’t forget that Bastille Day is 14 July – a national holiday.
It is time for the grape harvest across the many wine making regions of France during September and October. The whites usually come first, followed by the reds. And you’ll find many harvest celebrations, wine fairs and markets. Beaujolais Nouveau Day, a celebration of the arrival of weeks-old Beaujolais, is celebrated on the third Thursday of November, when there are over 100 different festivities in the region.
Plus, of course, between December and April it’s the French ski season in the various mountain regions of France, including the Alps, the Jura and the Pyrenees.