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2016 events

Packed with annual traditions as well as sporting and
one-off events, 2016 in France is shaping up to be a great year, promising
something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to soak up the culture as a
couple or you’re planning unforgettable luxury family holidays, in France you
definitely won’t be short of things to do! Here’s a roundup of some of the
major events you’ll be able to take part in near our villas in 2016:

Printemps de Bourges – 12-17 April

Situated within the Loire Valley region is the city of
Bourges, home to the annual Printemps de Bourges (Spring in Bourges) music
festival, which attracts music fans both young and old. The festival attracts
not only local and national bands but also world famous bands and artists such
as Barry White, U2 and Stevie Wonder. Alongside the music there’s also plenty
of other distractions, from theatre and comedy to poetry, art and a food

Cannes Film Festival – 11-22 May

One of the world’s largest film festivals, Cannes offers the
opportunity to see several films first before anywhere else, as well as to
mingle with the rich and famous. Many screenings and awards ceremonies are
invitation-only, though there are still plenty of chances to see your favourite
stars on the red carpet at gala screenings, while the Cinema de la Plage offers
film screenings as an open-air cinema on the beautiful sandy beach.

Monaco Grand Prix – 13-15 May

Held each year at the Circuit de Monaco on the city streets
of Monte Carlo, the Monaco Grand Prix is possibly the most difficult race on
the Formula 1 circuit. First established in 1929, during the race Monaco
becomes a location of glamour and prestige even more so than usual, as the rich
and famous gather to watch some of the world’s fastest cars zip around the

Rolland Garros (French Open) – 25 May-5 June

One of four Grand Slam tennis events to take place around
the world, the Rolland-Garros tournament is the world’s most famous tennis
tournament played on a clay surface, attracting the world’s greatest tennis
players. The sheer talent of the competitors involved, combined with the great
weather found in Paris, makes this one of the most popular events on the tennis

Euro 2016 – 10 June-10 July

Euro 2016 is the largest football tournament in Europe, with
national teams from all over the continent competing for footballing glory.
This year, it is the turn of France to host proceedings, with matches spread
out in stadiums across eight cities, meaning there’s plenty of time for
sightseeing in between each game.

Le Mans 24 Hours – 18-19 June

Le Mans is one of the world’s most famous motoring events
and the oldest endurance race in the world, with teams competing to see who can
go the furthest fastest within a 24-hour period. Initially founded in 1923 as
an alternative to the Grand Prix, the event takes places every June, bringing
motorsport fans from all over the world to Le Mans’ Circuit de la Sarthe.

Tour de France – 2-24 July

Perhaps the world’s greatest cycling competition, the Tour
de France brings about a real cycling frenzy every year in France, with many
people getting into the spirit of the race by taking to their own two wheels.
Spanning 3 weeks and over 3500 km, the Tour de France dates back to 1903 and is
one of the most exciting events spanning a wide area of France. The route
changes every year, though competitors are guaranteed to face some tough
challenges and exhausting mountain climbs.

Bastille Day – 14 July

Bastille Day, otherwise known as La Fete de la Bastille, is
one of France’s celebrated national holidays, and marks the anniversary of the
storming of the Bastille Prison in 1789, one of the events which helped to
trigger the French Revolution. Celebrated all over France, towns and cities
will come alive with parades by day, while by night, the sky will be lit up
with thousands of fireworks.

Festival de Cornouaille – 19-24 July

Perhaps one of the largest celebrations of Breton culture in
the world, the town of Quimper hosts hundreds of performers, singers and
dancers in this lively display of Brittany’s distinctive Celtic culture. Dating
back to 1922, the townspeople don traditional clothing for musical and theatre
performances which take place during the day, while by night, visitors can
enjoy the Fest Noz concerts, where you’ll also have the chance to sample
traditional Breton food and drink.

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