Riviera & Provence
Every year, on the third weekend after Easter, the town of Fréjus, celebrates the feast day of Saint Francis de Paul. This historic festival, ‘La Bravade’, includes colourful parades with locals dressed in traditional costumes accompanied by the sounds of flutes and drums. There are musical performances, as well as services in the cathedral and of course a big feast. 2020 dates to be confirmed.
Cannes is home to the largest and most famous film festival in the world. Most of the action takes place at the famous Palais des Festivals, with a host of other screenings taking place all over the town. The beach is the place to see the stars. Some screenings are open to all to view.
Arguably the most coveted first-place in Formula 1! Monte Carlo's world-famous streets and hairpin bends come alive with the familiar roar of racing engines in May, surrounded by beautiful buildings and beautiful people, overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. 2020 dates to be confirmed.
If it's sailing that floats your boat then head to Antibes in early June! The town plays host to the grand opening of the Mediterranean Classic Yachts Regatta season - Les Voiles d'Antibes. Come along and see a selection of some the most beautiful vintage yachts (built before 1950), classic yachts (built before 1976) as well as metric classes (6 MJI, 8MJI and the 12 MJI competitors of the America's Cup from 1958 to 1987).
Formula 1 racing returned to France in 2018 after a 10 year absence and proved hugely popular with racing fans. The next French Grand Prix will take place in the sun drenched south at the at the Circuit Paul Ricard (also known as Le Castellet) close to Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. 2020 dates to be confirmed.
With grueling routes covering some of France's most beautifully scenic regions, the Tour de France is an iconic cycle race, attracting huge crowds along the route. The Grand Départ of 2020 takes place on the 27th June in the city of Nice, with the 170km route on day 1 finishing with a sprint along the Promendade des Anglais. Day 2 again starts and ends in Nice with a trip into the mountains along the way. The races finishes in Paris in July.
Fréjus has a whole host of events and festivals throughout the year. One of the main events not to be missed is the ‘Fête du Raisin’ in early August – there are traditional dances on the steps of the cathedral, wine tastings and market stalls. 2020 dates to be confirmed.