Welcome to the

South France Villas Blog

Monday 1 July 2013

What to do in Languedoc in August ? - La Féria

You may ask yourself what the most 'happening' event is in Languedoc, South of France in August?

Definitely the FERIA!

Among the many places in the South of France that celebrate the Féria; Béziers, Bayonne and Nîmes are the three most popular towns in which people choose to attend the Féria.

Our pick:        La Féria de Béziers  

(it is a five day-long festival, dates usually ranging between the 10th and 17th of August)

The Féria is one of the region’s most anticipated events of the summer. It originates from traditional Spanish festivities where bullfighting takes place in the city’s beautiful “Arènes”.

 By evening, families and friends meet in the improvised outdoor restaurants serving home made paella and a variety of rustic tapas. As more and more people start to pour into the city, a vibrant ambiance fills the streets.

Hundreds of stands sell delicious wines and sangrias from Domains based all over the region.  (Our pick: look out for the litchi sangria! It is to die for)

Music flows everywhere throughout the city, guiding the wine connoisseurs and the party-goers to the next bodega where there are usually live bands and DJ’s as entertainment. 

The fiesta is everywhere you go, indoors or out.

There are also smaller daytime events to attend to other than the obvious choice; bullfighting. There are horse-shows, parades, flamenco dancing and bands to see. (If you think the bullfighting may offend members of your party, but you still wish to really get into the spirit of the festival, there are Portuguese bullfights on as well.

There is no killing only “games” involving the bulls and the men themselves are in very little danger. Many more families attend these “Corridas”, they are a great way to indulge into the atmosphere of the arena full of chanting people, which is quite a unique experience that we recommend to everyone- at least once in a lifetime)

Programmes will be ready available everywhere in the city in restaurants and cafes as well as on the Internet. These will provide you with all the information on “what’s happening, where and when?”, they will also tell you where you can buy tickets for both Spanish and Portuguese bullfights.

One last piece of important advice; the traditional colours are sacred, so make you sure you dress in red and white! 

1 comment: