France is one of my favourite places as it has lots of great things to see and do. I’m not surprised to learn it’s visited by more tourists than any other country in the world. In fact, a staggering 87.4 million people visited the country in 2014. Here are just a few of the many exciting events taking place in France next year.
The Versailles Festival is one for the culture vultures out there. Taking place at the Palace of Versailles from May to July, this festival will see a host of shows being staged, from opera and dance to classical music and ballet. Only the finest and most renowned professional performers get to showcase their talents here; performers come from all four corners of the world and put on world-class shows that showcase their artistic calibre.
From the 10th of June to the 10th of July, the UEFA Euro 2016 Finals will be taking a place in 10 football stadiums all across France. For the first time, a total of 24 teams will take part in the finals. Spain are the defending champions and won the last two UEFA Euro Championship Finals, so the pressure’s on to make sure they don’t win for a third time in a row. Visit Titanbet to place your bets on Euro 2016 and support your favourite team. No doubt there’ll be many bets placed on Spain winning again.
Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival 2016 will take place from the 11th to the 22nd of May. This event is a must-see for any film enthusiast, as it attracts many of the film industry’s top names and is where many popular and critically acclaimed films are debuted. Though a lot of the main screenings are only open to film industry professionals, there are lots of free public screenings throughout the event. The city of Cannes comes alive during this event, as many of the world’s most famous actors and actress visit to promote their latest projects.
Tour de France
The Tour de France is a bike race with many different stages held over a few weeks. The race is mostly held in France, though sometimes parts of it have been held in nearby countries. The Tour de France 2016 is set to start at Mont St-Michel on the 2nd of July and finish at the Champs Elysees in Paris on the 24th of July. There will be a total of 21 stages, along with two rest days for the riders to recuperate; the 2016 route is in fact nearly 100 miles longer than the 2015 route.
Festival d’Automne à Paris
The Paris Autumn Festival was founded in 1972 and takes place in September. A festival for the culturally minded, it brings together dance, music, film, theatre and more, with shows and performances held in a variety of different venues all across the city. The purpose of this festival is to promote new and emerging artists and to expose Parisians to acts and performances from other cultures they would otherwise have not been able to experience. There are over 40 events across this festival, collectively attracting over 100,000 audience members.
It’s clear to see why France is the world’s top tourist destination. Not only is there a lot to see and do, there’s also a lot of great events and festivals going on. 2016 looks set to be another exciting year with a great line-up of events to look forward to.