It may feel like the summer is drawing to a close, but September can be a wonderful time of year for a holiday. In France the temperatures regularly reach 20+ degrees and it is typically a dry month of the year. Having warmed up through the summer months, the sea can be a more inviting temperature, which is ideal for those fancying a dip, or wanting to try one of the many water sports on offer along the West Coast of France.
In September, the majority of French holiday makers have returned to work and any British tourists with children have had to get back for the start of the new school term. Despite this, there are still plenty of events and activities on offer in the tourist resorts, as well as the towns and cities.
Many local festivals and celebrations take place in September including Toros y Salsa, an unusually Spanish celebration of bullfighting, Latin American music, dance and food which is held in Dax. Dax is usually a quiet thermal spa town where people travel for relaxation and recuperation, but the town transforms for this festival.
If you are heading over to France in September, you may also be able to join in events that mark the Wine Harvest Festival. This festival is celebrated across France, but the best places to get involved will be the wine regions including the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. Nestled between these two areas and closer to the coast is Vendee. The region has recently been officially recognised as a wine producer, so there will be events to promote the ‘New French Wine’ across Vendee.
The third weekend in September is also European Heritage Day. This event is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and 50 countries including France are taking part. On 20 and 21 September a number of public buildings and private collections will be open to the public for free, or at a reduced rate. The event aims to promote art, history and culture at locations with specific cultural heritage interest.
All the major European cities will be opening the doors of a diverse range of buildings and offering guided tours. Smaller towns and villages will also be taking part. Les Sables d’Olonne, is the nearest town to our most popular French campsite La Dunes Des Sables, so we’ve had a look at what will be open for European Heritage Day there. Visitor could visit the Local Fishing Museum for free, see live re-enactments at the Chateau des Aventuriers, enter the Castle of Pierre Levee or discover how the Moulin des Gourmands or Lighthouse operated.
Whether you are looking for a last minute break this year, or are starting to look at options for your 2015 holiday, September is a great time of year to head across the Channel.
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