Activities and Interesting Things to Do
South West France
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Agen MuseumJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Tarn Tourist TrainJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The train goes between Saint Lieux les Lavaur and Martels railroad station next to the famous Martels Gardens (www.jardinsdesmartels.com) - a 35000 square meters floral park.
Cruises on the Tarn RiverJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Fashion MuseumJ F M A M J J A S O N D
"World Pipe Organ Days"J F M A M J J A S O N D
Wine Tasting Classes in GaillacJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Saint Adrien GardenJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The garden was awarded entries in the prestigious listings like:
* "Remarkable Garden" by the Ministry of Culture
* Top five parks in France in 2003 by the "Journalists Association Horticulture and Gardens"
* Label 'exceptional sites in Languedoc "(www.sitesdexception.fr)
The garden is also hosting themed shows like a Venetian Carnival on May 19th, 20th and 21st 2017 from 2pm to 7pm .
"Agde au fil du temps"J F M A M J J A S O N D
Date: May 14th 2017
Canal du Midi Short CruiseJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Beziers MuseumJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Canal du Midi Cruise - AgdeJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Sète Canal CruisesJ F M A M J J A S O N D
VinocapJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Date: May 25th to 27th 2017
"World Pipe Organ Days" -AgdeJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Date: May 14th 2017 Agde St Etienne Cathedral in the morning and St Sever Church afternoon.
Musée de la Mer Aquarium de BiarritzJ F M A M J J A S O N D
A dazzling spectacle: the only hammerhead sharks in France presented in a giant pool of 1500 m3.
Marvel at the abundance of life found around one of the largest live coral reefs found a European aquarium: clownfish, anemones, eels and a multitude of exotic fish of original colours and improbable shapes...
Every day at 10:30 am and 5 pm, you don’t want to miss the feeding our the very cheeky seals, an enchanting spectacle that promises to delight young and old ...
For any additional info email: Marion Etcheverry
Bayonne Chocolate DaysJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The festival features also exhibitions, conferences and other activities all chocolate themed.
Dates: May 26th and 27th 2017
Espadrille MuseumJ F M A M J J A S O N D
An espadrille shop, featuring an espadrille museum, is located in the little town of Osses, some 43km south east of Biarritz.
The place is open between March 15th and October 15th.
Cake Making DemonstrationsJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Planète Musée du Chocolat - Chocolate MuseumJ F M A M J J A S O N D
. Reservations minimum 15 days in advance.
The Grand Wineries Tour Road Train of Saint EmilionJ F M A M J J A S O N D
"Grands Crus" WeekendJ F M A M J J A S O N D
It is a rare opportunity to taste more than 100 wines from all the grand domains of Bordeaux. The weekend includes also vineyards tours, dinners at the estates and even a golf tournament ("Union des Grands Crus Trophy").
Reservation is required.
Dates: May 20th and 21st 2017
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Jumping des SablesJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Dates: May 25th to 28th 2017
"Cathedra" Association Pipe Organ ConcertsJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Many concerts are entrance free.
For exact schedule check out the Cathedra.
Cod Festival at BèglesJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The fest is a gastronomic event centered on ...the cod but features also street music and dances, shows etc.
Dates: May 26th, 27th and 28th 2017
Discovery of Great Bordeaux WineriesJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Exact trip plan and price on their web site.
Patiras "Open House"J F M A M J J A S O N D
Its lighthouse, situated on the north-east tip, has guided ships for over 100 years. Today it has been acquired and restored by the Conservatoire du Littoral, and became a belvedere spot that offers a magnificent panorama of the Gironde estuary.
The Patiras "Open House" offers free tours of the island, only the boat-ride is paid.
The tours take place on May 1st and September 17th and November 1st 2017
Pauillac Gironde Estuary CruisesJ F M A M J J A S O N D
each Saturday and Sunday from the end of May to the end of August. The cruises are offered: on Saturdays, from June 3rd to June 24th at 2:30 pm and Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays from July 3rd to August 31st at 2:30 pm 2017
"Planete Bordeaux","Planete Cooking" and "Oenology Club"J F M A M J J A S O N D
All year round it organizes numerous events surrounding the wine, wine tourism, wine tasting classes, wines and foods accord, wine making, etc .
For more information about "Planete Bordeaux" check out also Three easy ways to do Bordeaux wine tasting when lacking time!
Bordeaux River FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The last day of the festival is dedicated to the Garonne crossing swimming competition that starts at 8am and gathers 150 competitors.
Dates: from May 26th to June3rd 2017
Landiras Medieval FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The medieval festival features medieval street music, theatre, medieval knights' games etc.
Date: May 13th, 14th 2017
Bordeaux MuseumsJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Lot River CruisesJ F M A M J J A S O N D
"Saint-Cirq Lapopie" Lot river cruiseJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The town of Bouziès is located some 27km east of Cahors.
Lagrézette WineryJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The domain is open for tours and wine tasting every day from 10 :00 AM to 6 :00 PM including Sundays.
Canal du Midi Short Cruises - CarcassonneJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Men's Choir Music Concerts at Dax CathedralJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Craft and Gastronomy DaysJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Dates for 2017: 24th, 25th and 26th of May (between 10am and 7pm)
Asparagus FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The fest includes farmer's market, cooking demonstrations, meetings with asparagus producers, funfair, the visit of an asparagus farm.
Date: May 1st 2017
The Museums of DaxJ F M A M J J A S O N D
- Borda Museum
- The museum houses collections of prehistoric objects from archaeological excavations, and also coins. One room is devoted to regional folklore and local bullfighting traditions. The museum can be visited entrance free on the first Sunday of the months (Always free for visitors under 18)
- Georgette Dupoy Museum
- The museum displays the work of Georgette Dupoy a French painter of the 20th century. Entrance free each Sunday and during national holidays.
- Helicopter Museum
- The museum displays a unique, in Europe, collection of ancient helicopters and planes and other aviation paraphernalia. The museum is open from the begining April to the end of November. Free for under 12 year olds.
Sarrat ParkJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Open only Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Rose Festival at CamonJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Each year on the third Sunday of May, Camon celebrates the rose, the village featuring more than 200 roses climbing the facades of its houses.
Date: May 21st 2017
Medieval Days at Foix CastleJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Dates: May 27th and 28th 2017
Sacred Art FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The concerts take place in the churches and chapels of Couserans region.
Dates: from May 25th to June 4th 2017
Oyster CityJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The center is open from April until the begining of November - Toussaint Holiday.
La Rochelle Traditional Jazz FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Dates: May 31st to June 4th 2017
La Rochelle AquariumJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Each year the aquarium welcomes more than 800,000 visitors, making it the most visited aquarium in France.
"CAVALCADE" FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Dates: May 27th, 28th 2017
Trizay Medieval FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Date: May 20th and 21st 2017
Visit the Ile de Ré sea urchin hatcheryJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The hatchery can be visited - with urchin tasting - from April to September on Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment only.
La Rochelle MuseumsJ F M A M J J A S O N D
All the museums with the exception of the Maritime Museum can be visited free of charge the first Sunday of the month between the month of October and April (included).
Major PilgrimagesJ F M A M J J A S O N D
- The armed forces pilgrimage that takes place each May and gathers more then 40,000 armies représentatives from all over the world.
- The Order of Malta Pilgrimage takes place also each May and brings together at Lourdes the Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta from all over the world.
- The Camargue herdsmen's pilgrimage that takes place each October.
- The Pilgrimage of Rosary organized by the Dominican monks on the first week of October.
Lourdes MuseumsJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The Wax Museum - it tries to recreate scenes from the New Testament and the life of Bernadette Soubirous. www.musee-de-cire-lourdes.com
The House of Sainte Bernadette - situated at 2 Rue Bernadette de Soubirous. The house where the parents of Sainte Bernadette lived displays photos and objects related to the life of the Saint.
Canal CruiseJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Fontfroide Abbey Flower FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The festival bringings together producers of plants, trees and flowers, craftsmen, and features many other attractions, all related to the garden and nature.
Date: May 6th, 7th et 8th 2017 from 10am to 6pm
Gourmet trails in Clape vineyardsJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Baise River CruiseJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Grand Prix de PauJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Dates: May 19th, 20th, 21th 2017 and the historical grand prix on May 27th and 28th 2017
Little Train of ArtousteJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Visit Jurançon Wine CaveJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The caves of the Jurancon, with its ageing, assembling and wine bottling facilities, are open for visiting (on appointment) and tasting.
Jurançon Wine HouseJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The House organizes all year round wine tasting classes and a variety of events centered around the wine.
The Jurançon Wine House is situated in the town of Lacommand that includes also a Knights Hospitallers Commandery built in the beginning of the 12th century.
Brantome - Boat CircuitJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The "Jean Maffioletti II" offers short -45 to 50 minutes - cruises on the Dronne River. It is a unique opportunity to admire Brantome from the water.
From April 1st to October 15th 2017
"Thursdays at the Museum" - Lunch Time Visit of Périgueux MuseumJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Foie Gras Museum at ThiviersJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The museum allows you to discover all facets of the foie gras from production to tasting, its history, tips for enjoying it.
Cathar Country Train JouneysJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The journeys offered vary from 1 1/2 hours to 1/2 day.
The trains depart from different train stations in the department of Pyrénées Orientales (including Rivesaltes).
Prehistory Center of TautavelJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The town is the location of the European Prehistory Center and it's museum.
This complex was built near the cave where the remains of the prehistoric Man Of Tautavel were found.
Sol y FiestaJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Dates: May 26th and 27th 2017.
It links Villefranche de Conflent (some 50 km or 31 mi west of Perpignan) to Latour de Carol passing by Mont Louis and Fort Romeu. The train runs all year long (some cars are open cars)
Visit a Basque linen weaving workshop and Basque breweryJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Both offer visits to their workshops and the possibility of buying (free tasting in the case of the brewery) of their products.
La Rhune Mountain Train RideJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The train runs every day from February 27 to November 3 2017.
Boat Trip on DordogneJ F M A M J J A S O N D
24220 Beynac et Cazenac
Sarlat Vintage Cars MeetingJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Bergerac Tabacco Museum and Automobile Museum of Sanxet CastleJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The Tobacco museum, unique in France, traces the history of tobacco since pre-Columbian times.
The Automobile Museum of Sanxet Castle is located 8 km south of Bergerac in the heart of Monbazillac vineyard. Sanxet Castle itself is on old 14th century English fortress.
The visitor is invited to tour the winery before visiting the museum the displays 30 rare and prestigious cars. The visit finishes with the chateau wine tasting.
Dordogne Cruise from La Roque-GageacJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Guided tours of the medieval town of SarlatJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Following a tour guide, discover its winding streets, its vaulted passages, its cathedral and its mansions dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth century
Centuries of history unfold in the course of the visit.
Famous events are of course mentioned, but some well-kept secrets will also be revealed.
Every day during the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October at 10:30am except Saturday at 3pm (Every Thursday at 11:00am guided tours in English)
Duration: 1 hour and a half
Departure from the Tourist Office.
Scenic Train of Haut-QuercyJ F M A M J J A S O N D
"La Belle Sarladaise" - Theatrical Costume Visit of SarlatJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The beautiful Sarladaise tells us about all these historical less knonw facts that made Sarlat a unique city.
Duration: About 1 hour.
Departure at the Tourist Office at 6:30pm.
The visit takes place on different days in the months of May, June, July, August and September.
For exact dates check out the web site.
Prehistory Welcome CenterJ F M A M J J A S O N D
As is is written on the center's web site: "The Prehistory Welcome Center, open in July 2010, is dedicated to the discovery and knowledge of prehistory and the Vezere Valley. It will fulfill several functions for the general public: welcoming tourists and providing them with information on the subject of prehistory...".
The center organizes also (free) events centered around the prehistory and its most important sites in Dordogne.
Entrance free for under 25 y.o. and THE FIRST SUNDAY of the month.
The Dordogne River by BargeJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Le Bourg, 24250 La Roque Gageac
Ailes Anciennes Toulouse - The Old Wings of ToulouseJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Its collection is one of the biggest in France and includes planes like Dassault Falcon 10,Cessna 310,F-8 Crusader, Vautour IIB, Super Mystère B2, De Havilland Vampire T11, Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, Aero Spacelines Super Guppy etc.
The collection displayed close to the airport of Blagnac can be visited without appointment Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm for unguided visits and Saturdays at 9:30 am and 10:30 pm for guided visits.
Airexpo, the largest airshow the south west of FranceJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Short Cruises on Canal du Midi and/or Garonne RiverJ F M A M J J A S O N D
From a cruise ship one can admire the nicest part of Toulouse viewed from the water and learn the history of the city that was born on the river banks.
The cruises are on reservation only.
For other information about experiencing the Canal du Midi visit our post: Cruising the Canal du Midi
Street Music Festival in Saint Felix de LauragaisJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Friday May 19 from 8pm to 1am street concerts.
Saturday May 20 from 3pm to 1am street shows, street food, music.
Sunday 21 "vide grenier" and craft market.
Revel's Saturday Morning MarketJ F M A M J J A S O N D
It is held throughout the year in the galleries formed under the arches built in the middle of the Revel's bastide - a quasi-unique in France octogonal shaped bastide built in 1342 by Philippe VI de Valois.
Cite de l'EspaceJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Its most outstanding attractions are:
one of the world's biggest planetariums, the replicas of the space station MIR and the shuttle SOYOUZ, the replica of the Ariane rocket - the first two replicas can be sitied but unfortunately not the Ariane -, a simulator of Moon walking and a new exhibit dedicated to Mars equipped with a simulator of the Martian gravity and of its atmosphere.
The Cité is also in the possesion of the, unique in France, Moon rock given to it by NASA.
Pottery ShopsJ F M A M J J A S O N D
This art has flourished here since the 18th century and after WWII the fashion of tin-glazed decorated porcelains was revived.
Some potters are still using unique decorative colors created by their ancestors and whose fabrication secret is guarded by the family.
Any of these 9 shops can be visited.
MuseumsJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Check also our posts at: http://southweststory.com/wp/category/museums
Let's Visit AirbusJ F M A M J J A S O N D
There are 3 visits proposed, everyone of 1 1/2 hour: "Panoramic Tour", "Heritage Tour" and "Airbus 380 Tour". Reservation is mandatory.