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.
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. 2019 dates to be confirmed.
If it's sailing that floats your boat then head to Antibes in late May and early June! The town plays host to the grand opening of the Mediterranean Classic Yachts Regatta season. This event always attracts an avid following and there are cocktails, live music, barbeques and much more.
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. 2019 dates to be confirmed.
A truly diverse Arts festival, boasting nearly 50 official productions and many more fringes in this stunning historic city. The festival hosts some of the world's best directors and theatre companies, showing opera, dance and music performances. Les Rives du Luberon is the closest parc to this great festival. 2019 dates to be confirmed.