To make the most of your South West France holidays, why not organise your stay to coincide in with a festival or national holiday? This way you can soak up the atmosphere and see the best that this beautiful country has to offer.
Bastille Day, on July 14th, is one of the biggest national celebrations in France with organised events taking place up and down the country. Towns, villages and cities are awash with festivities as fireworks, fêtes, street parties, stalls, dinners and dances take their place among the line-up of events.
With a host of entertainment on offer, wherever the location of your villa in South West France there’s bound to be an activity nearby that your whole family will enjoy. If your summer holiday in the Lot Valley ties in with Bastille Day, it will make your stay even more memorable and will present countless photo opportunities to serve as permanent reminder of your visit.
Bastille Day, otherwise known as the French National Day or Independence Day, marks the storming of the Bastille in 1789, which subsequently changed the course of history in France. You too can mark this special day by joining in one of the many family friendly celebrations. Here are some of the things that you can expect to see on your villa holiday in South West France.
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What to Expect on Bastille Day in South West France
Villeneuve-sur-Lot – Fireworks are held up and down the country on Bastille Day, so you won’t be disappointed at Villeneuve-sur-Lot, a 13th century bastide town, where you can enjoy a colourful display in a riverside setting. If you miss this, there are more festivals on the agenda and the town hosts a free music festival in summer.
Cahors – If you have chosen a holiday villa near Cahors, the good news is that you are well placed to celebrate Bastille Day. The location to head for is Pont Valentré, a landmark 14th century fortified bridge, where you can join the throng of spectators to see fireworks light up the sky. The much photographed 172 metre bridge has become a symbol of the town and forms part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.
Montcuq – A popular tourist destination, this pretty market town hosts one of the country’s best Bastille Day celebrations. Head here for the evening and you will be treated to a sound and light spectacular that is projected onto the side of the town’s 12th century tower, ending in an impressive firework display. In the run up to the event, the town is busy with preparations with past highlights including the mayor’s speech, a parade, grand feast and a theatrical performance.
Valence d’Agen – You can expect more fireworks and celebrations in this attractive market town. However, if you have missed Bastille Day, another grand event is the incredible outdoor performance of ‘Au Fil de L’Eau – Une Histoire’ which has a cast of 400 and tells the story of the river and canal. Several performances are held over two weeks from the end of July to early August.
Montaigu de Quercy – Not far from this tourist destination is the small village of Roquecor which attracts hundreds of people to its annual open air celebrations. Entertainment includes live music, food and dancing and culminates in the highlight of the evening, the Bastille Day fireworks.
Lauzerte – For the first time last year (2013) fireworks were launched in Lauzerte to mark this special day. Previous celebrations have encompassed cocktails with the mayor and live music, but now a colourful show also marks the occasion.
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