May 14, 2015

Explore Bordeaux's stunning vineyards

If you're thinking of heading to France this summer, there are some brilliant events taking place across the country for you to check out on your travels. Whether you're a fan of sports, looking to discover some local culture, or simply want to wine and dine with loved ones on your holiday, you'll never be stuck for something to do.

Tour de France

Perhaps the world's most famous bike race, the annual Tour de France will be taking place this summer between 4th and 26th July, with the route covering much of France's northern and southern coasts, as well as a brief section in Paris. This year will be the 102nd race, and it's an incredibly exciting event for sports fans the world over.

Made up of 21 stages, the race actually begins in the Netherlands, in the scenic city of Utrecht. After weaving through Belgium, the race will arrive in northern France, at Cambrai, on 8th July. Be sure to take a look at the event's route map , to see where you can catch the race.

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The Tour de France is one of the hottest events in France's summer calendar

Fête de la Musique

France's Fête de la Musique (Festival of Music) was born from a national holiday, on 21st June, the summer solstice. The festival has developed since its creation in 1982 to become a nationwide celebration of music, and a range of musical performers playing everything from rock, to jazz and classical, will be taking to the streets to perform.

Concert halls, cafés and bars open their doors to join in with the celebrations. Some of the biggest festivities take place in Paris, although wherever you are in France, you're sure to find a way to take part. The festival has spread to other countries across the globe, so why not celebrate where it all began?

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Crowds gather to watch local musicians during the Festival of Music

European Taste Festival

Each year, Aurillac in central France hosts the European Taste Festival, or the Festival International du Casse-Croute et des Goudots. The event is usually held over the last weekend of June, and it presents some of the finest foods and produce from the Auvergne region. With the region producing one quarter of France's AOP cheeses , these, as well as delicious meats, take the spotlight.

Enjoy cooking demonstrations from renowned local chefs, as they showcase the best fresh products and illustrate new ways to cook local delicacies. Also known as the Food Lovers Festival, this event attracts thousands of gastronomic enthusiasts, and is sure to get your appetite stirring.

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Look out for some of the amazing local cheese you can try at the European Taste Festival

Weekend des Grandes Crus

During the last weekend of May, from 30th to 31st, the great wine-producing city of Bordeaux opens its doors to the public, bringing you a superb wine tasting festival, the Weekend des Grandes Crus . Experts in the wine industry will guide you through over 100 different wine varieties from Bordeaux, with the option of enjoying a selection of delicious food and wine pairings.

For the real wine enthusiasts, there's the option to take part in cellar tours, and the event as a whole offers a wonderful chance to enjoy tastings that are usually earmarked for wine professionals. The weekend finishes with a golf tournament, as well as vineyard tours of the participating chateaux.

Feeling Inspired?

If any of these amazing events inspire you to travel across France, don't forget Eurotunnel Le Shuttle can get you from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes, so start planning your trip.

Photo Credits:
The Tour de France is one of the hottest events in France's summer calendar - Geert Schneider
Crowds gather to watch local musicians during the Festival of Music - Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
Look out for some of the amazing local cheese you can try at the European Taste Festival - JohnPickenPhoto
Explore Bordeaux's stunning vineyards - Son of Groucho

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