Activities and Interesting Things to Do
South West France
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Bruch Medieval FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Through the maze of streets of the town, the visitor will live to the rhythm of knights, lords, troubadours and other medieval characters, which will mix the sounds of the horns with that one of swords that cross ...
The festival takes place on June 3 and 4 2017
"Festival de la Voix" of MoissacJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Dates: June 15 to 25 2017.
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
"Céramique Contemporaine à Giroussens" Pottery MarketJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Dates: June 4th and 5th 2017.
"Fête du croquant" at Cordes sur cielJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Each year in June it celebrates its culinary specialty the "croquant de Cordes" - a cookie invented there in the 17th century and made with almonds, eggs and sugar.
The feast usually includes beside street music and a local specialities' market the making of a gigantic croquant.
Toques d'Oc - The great chefs cook for youJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Date: Sunday, June 25 2017 from 11 AM to 4 PM
Le Séquestre, 81990 Albi, France
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 .
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
"Saint Peter" Feast - "Les fêtes de la Saint-Pierre"J F M A M J J A S O N D
Dates: June 23, 24 and 25 2017
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
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
Musical Saturdays at the CathedralJ F M A M J J A S O N D
"Fête de la Mer" at CapbretonJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Dates June 24th and 25th 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.
Itxassou Cherry FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The event usually features a Basque choir concert, a Basque pelota game, a farmer's market etc.
A true Basque celebration!
Date: June 4th 2017
The Grand Wineries Tour Road Train of Saint EmilionJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Pauillac Lamb FeastJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Each year Pauillac village celebrates the lamb with a "Fête de l'Agneau".
The event features: "Regatta on the Estuary" : sailboat races from Pauillac, Gigantic "vide-grenier", Street music and dances, a lamb cooking competition, etc..
Date: June 25th 2017
The Spring Gerb'Ode FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
June 9th, 10th and 11th 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.
Les Epicuriales - Gastronomical Festival of BordeauxJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The linden shaded Avenue de Tourny of Bordeaux transform itself in the biggest open air restaurant of the world.
The animations include free cooking classes.
Dates: June 9th to 24th 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.
"Côte de Bordeaux" Wine Appelation Open HouseJ F M A M J J A S O N D
- ancient cars show and rally - one of the biggest of the south west France
- 30 wineries are opening their doors for visits and tastings
- free 30 minutes oenology classes
Dates: June 3rd and 4th 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
Soulac 1900J F M A M J J A S O N D
Each year in June the town goes, for one weekend, back in time at the beginning of the 20th century.
The event includes "belle epoque" music and dances, an ancient car show, costume displays etc.
Date: June 2nd, 3rd, 4th 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
Hot Air Balloons FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Date: June 23rd, 24th,25th 2017
St Cirq Lapopie Medieval FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Knights, stonecutters, a medieval camp, falconers, archery, calligraphy, coinage ... invade in the streets of this village perched on a rocky peak, 100 meters above the river Lot.
Date: June 23rd, 24th and 25th 2017
"Festival Cahors Juin Jardins"J F M A M J J A S O N D
Cahors and its surroundings has more than forty gardens. The festival features works of visual artists, landscape architects and botanical designers, lectures, a book and plant market.
"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
Medieval Festival of IsselJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The medieval festival takes place each year on Whit Monday.
Date: June 4th 2017
Men's Choir Music Concerts at Dax CathedralJ F M A M J J A S O N D
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.
Musical Festival of Abbeys of LandesJ F M A M J J A S O N D
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
Saint Girons Occitan FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Each year at summer solstice it celebrates its Occitan roots with the Occitan Festival.
Occitan music, dances, exhibitions etc.
Many free animations.
"Sent Joan Beth e Gran" FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Transhumance in CouseransJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Every year in June, in Couserans more than 10,000 sheep, 1,000 cattle and hundreds of horses regain a dozen high altitude farmhouses.
The transhumance is accompanied by celebrations like convivial meals, music and dances etc.
Dates for 2017:
- Vallée de Massat - Biert : Saturday June 3
- Vallée du Biros - Sentein: Saturday June 3
- Vallée de Bethmale : June 3rd and 4th
- Haut Salat : June 10th and 11th
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.
Historical Multi-Eras Costume Party in BrouageJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Château La Roche Courbon Medieval FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Port and Sardine Feast in Ars-en-RéJ F M A M J J A S O N D
At 3 pm: Marine songs "Les Gaillards des pertuis"
At 5pm: Parade of the old ships
At 6:15 pm: music: selected pieces from the Philharmonie d'Ars
At 6.30 pm: Opening of the restaurant: Grilled sardines or roast turkey, potatoes from Ars en Ré, rice pudding cream caramel
At 8:45 pm: Concert
Templars' Festival in ChâteaubernardJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The Templars' Fest takes place next to the Templar Chapel.
Animations include: medieval camp, medieval market, historical reenactment etc.
Next festival will take place in 2018
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).
Bigorre "Brotherhood of Garbure" Celebration Day in Argeles-GazostJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Animations include: Garbure south west of France brotherhoods parade, enthronements, cabbage soup meals, gourmet market, folklore from the Pyrenees.
Date: June 11th 2017
ARGELES-GAZOST is a town situated some 13 km (0.8 mi) south of Lourdes.
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.
"Orpheon" Male Choir ConcertsJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Concerts in the church of Luz St Sauveur on June 14, July 24, August 25 and September 19 2017. Concerts start at 9:00pm.
Canal CruiseJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The Organ Music Festival of NarbonneJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Old Trades Feast - Fête des vieux métiers d'antanJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Weapons workshop, medeival calligraphy, cooking, pottery and falconry shows etc.
June 3rd, 4th and 5th 2017
Baise River CruiseJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Little Train of ArtousteJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Salmon Festival at NavarrenxJ 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
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.
La Truffière des MérigotsJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The tour begins with a video projection and then continues with a walk through the truffle before ending with a tasting of truffle butter toast with a drink.
Visits ONLY by appointment.
Open in June and September: Wednesdays and Saturdays and in July and August Tuesdays and Fridays.
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).
Trobada du CanigouJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Every year since 1972 Canigou Peak in Pyrénées-Orientales is hosting on the 23rd of June, the Saint Jean celebration with a bonfire that makes the mountain look during the nights of 23rd to 24th like a volcano.
More than 1,000 people from many countries participate each year at this fest that takes place at 2,784 meters altitude.
The association organizing the event is "Comité International des feux de la Saint-Jean", 52, rue Marechal Foch, Perpignan.
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.
COUNTRY HERITAGE DAYS - JOURNEES DU PATRIMOINE DE PAYS at Fort LagardeJ F M A M J J A S O N D
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)
The Saint Jean de Luz FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
The population dresses in red and black colors of the city and floads the streets in celebration.
Concerts, activities for children, food street, pelota, toro del fuego lights,etc.
Dates: June 23rd to 26th 2017
Basque Music Concerts at the CathedralJ F M A M J J A S O N D
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.
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
"Pré de la Fadaise" Festival - The Oldest Festival of FranceJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Date: Monday, June 5, 2017
Riquet FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Château Riquet is situated some 20km north-east of Toulouse.
Dates: June 25th 2017
For highlights from the 2013 edition of the festival click here
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.
Trinity Sunday FestivalJ F M A M J J A S O N D
Date: June 11th 2017
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.