Things to do in Sete France: Water Jousting

water jousting sete365The Water Jousting festival in Sete, France, originated in Sete centuries ago. This sport is now a passionate fixture of Languedoc traditional culture. Water jousting is really one of the most unusual sports from around the world, something that really has to be witnessed to be believed. Watching the Water Jousting has to be top of your list of things to do in Sete, France, this summer.

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Best South France festivals

fiesta seteThe South of France has some brilliant festivals that perfectly sum up the relaxed way of life in Southern France. If you are visiting the South of France, then follow our guide to find the best festivals in South France month by month.

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Nice carnival 2020 South France

nice carnaval1The Nice Carnival is the oldest and one of the biggest carnivals in the World. It is also one of the most important dates in the annual Nice, France, festivals calendar. The 2020 Nice carnival will take place from 15-29 February 2020. This enormous French carnival procession takes place over 15 days during the Mardi Gras.

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Menton Lemon festival 2020

menton lemon festivalOne of the most colourful festivals of France is the annual Menton Lemon festival. The Fête du Citron, is held during last weeks of February in the coastal resort of Menton, on the French Riviera in between Monaco and the Italian border. The 2020 Menton Lemon festival in France will be the 87th edition of the festival and will take place from 15 February to 3 March 2020.

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Best festivals in Languedoc, France: Beziers' Feria

bezeiers feria2Without doubt the greatest festival in Languedoc. Beziers comes alive in spectacular fashion with fireworks, street entertainment and a daily Spanish corrida. There is also an important wine festival in Beziers at the same time as the Feria. So if you are in Languedoc in early August and you want to experience a great Languedoc festival, then the Beziers Ferias is an absolute must see.

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Nice Jazz festival 2020

nice jazzIt is quite incredible that the Nice Jazz festival was the very first jazz festival in the world. The inaugural Festival de Jazz Nice was held in February 1948, 70 years ago. The 2020 Nice Jazz festival is the 70th Jazz event on the French Riviera and will take place from 17 to 21 July 2020 at the Théatre de Verdure, Place Masséna, Nice. 

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Fiesta de Sete music festival in France

sete france festivalThe Fiest'A de Sete is a World music festival in France covering a wide range of musical styles from North Africa and Europe. The dates for the 2017 Fiest'A de Sete have just been announced and it takes place from 22 July to 7 August 2017. Sete has a crowded calendar of festivals in July & August. There is the Worldwide Festival in early July, the Water Jousting festivals towards the end of August and then the Fiest'A de Sete French music festival in late July and early August. 

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Gypsy Fair, Saintes-maries

gitansA huge gypsy fair is held in Les Saintes-maries-de-la-mer every year towards the end of May. This ancient South France festival has a long old history. What makes Les Saintes-maries-de-la-mer standout however has been the succession of pilgrims that have visited it for centuries.

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Menton South of France Tango dance festival 2020

menton tangoFor three long days during the middle of September, Menton swings to the unmistakeable Argentinian beat of the Tango. The 18th edition of the Menton Tango festival will take place on Friday 11 to Sunday 13 September 2020. Whether it be at impromptu performances in the street or organised dances at hotels in the town, it will be difficult to avoid the South American rhythm.

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Pezenas: Le Poulain festival South France

pezenas poulain festival languedocLe Poulain festival South France, held in the historic town of Pezenasis at the start of Lent in late February or early March, is a great festival to visit. The festival features a symbolic horse (Le Poulain) reputed to represent the favourite foal of the Prince de Conti from the time when Pezenas was the capital of the Languedoc region. Le Poulain is pushed through the old streets of Pezenas (usually by the rugby team of Pezenas) accompanied by a local flute and drum band as well as plenty of beer and pastis.

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Fete de Drac, Mondragon 2020

fete de drac365The Fete de Drac or Dragon festival in Mondragon, South of France, has been taking place for the last 40 years. The origins of the festival is a local old legend of a dragon that appears on the banks of the Rhone river and captures unsuspecting virgins from the village of Mondragon. This festival is always a raucus affair, with plenty of fireworks, fancy dress and general mayhem. 

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Nezignan Fig Festival in Languedoc

nezignan fig festivalThe end of August brings with it the Fig Festival in Nezignan l'Eveque, which you can not miss - well we can't because it is right outside our front door. Featuring all manner of fig related products, as well as handicrafts, organic food and oddballs selling herbal 'digestifs' that look like boiled tea. Nezignan lEveque is famous for its figs. Not an awful lot has happened in Nezignan lEveque, but it is world reknowned for its figs. This tiny little village near Pezenas grows more than 90 different varieties, as well as producing 30% of France's Nougat.

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Best Languedoc festivals: Gypsy Fair, Saintes-Maries

gitansA huge gypsy fair is held in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer every year towards the end of May. This fair has a long old history. The story starts shortly after the Crucifixion of Christ, when many of his disciples were being hunted out of Palestine. One group of disciples boarded a boat, which according to legend had no sail or oars and was guided by God across the Mediterranean to Provence.

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Languedoc festivals: Feria de la Peche

feria de pecheSitting on the edge of the Petite Camargue, the old town of Saint-Gilles is a pleasant place to wander around, with its narrow windy streets. Through the centre of Saint-Gilles runs the Rhone-Sete Canal. The canal-side is now a busy place full of restaurants, shops and bot hire kiosks. The town features a wonderful 12th Century Abbey Church, now a UNESCO World Heritage monument. The biggest festival in Saint-Gilles takes place in mid August, with the Feria de la Peche et de l'Abricot

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Feria de la Peche et de l'Abricot

feri peche abricotThe biggest festival in Saint-Gilles-du-Gard takes place in mid August, with the annual Feria de la Peche et de l'Abricot (Peach & Apricot Festival), which features street processions, dancing and the obligatory bull-fighting. This 5 day event takes over the whole town, bringing with it a carnival atmosphere to the historic old town in the heart of the Camargue.

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