Bastille Day (also known as French National Day) is celebrated in France and around the world each year on July 14th. This holiday marks the storming of the Bastille in Paris and beginning of the French Revolution.
Spending “Le 14 Juillet” in Carcassonne France a few years back is one of my all time favorite travel memories. Our day included getting up early to scout the best spot to watch the fireworks followed by picnicking and drinking lots of wine with 700,00 French people on the banks of the Aude River.
It reached an exciting climax when day settled into dusk and the most spectacular fireworks display that I had ever witnessed was shot into the sky from the ramparts of Carcassonne Castle.
Carcassonne is an amazing city to visit. The castle is like something out of a fairy tale. Walking around the ramparts and enjoying the authentic cobbled streets of the Cite is an experience to remember (try to plan an overnight visit so that you can stay after all of the tourists leave…it is much better that way!)
Carcassonne is a particularly nice city to visit with children. The authentic castle is a great place to learn about Medieval life, and there are many options for things to do in Carcassonne with kids!
If you can plan your visit to coincide with the annual July festivities, so much the better!
Bastille Day in Carcassonne:
- Planning Your Day
- Where to Stay and Eat
- The Experience
- Waking up with Naked Men – the end of our Carcassonne Bastille Day Experience
- More Photos of Bastille Day in France