Feria de Nimes Celebration

by MPI Traveler on May 10, 2013

One of the biggest celebrations in France.

From  May 15 – 20, 2013

Don’t miss out on the Feria de Pentecôte or Pentecost Feria in Nîmes!
Held for the first time in 1952, the five-day festival runs from Thursday to Whit Monday. It’s one of the most popular events in Europe, drawing crowds of over a million bullfighting enthusiasts and merrymakers.

Nimes Pentecost Feria begins with Pegoulade, a huge carnival parade that winds its way through the city streets and culminates in a large firework display in the arenas, launching the mass celebrations.

The world’s best toreros demonstrate their skills in corridas in the ancient Roman amphitheatre, before the streets fill with revellers enjoying the open-air concerts and dance parties that go on throughout the night.

As this is the south of France, there is of course a wonderful variety of local specialities to eat and drink while soaking up the electric atmosphere across the city.

Here are the details:

Les Arènes in Nîmes (amphitheatre)
     boulevard des Arènes
     30000, Nîmes
     Phone : 04 66 21 82 56
     Fax : 04 66 21 82 61
     Program  Les Arènes in Nîmes (amphitheatre)

Rates and schedules:
     From Wednesday 5/15 to Monday 5/20/13
     – From Wednesday to Monday doors open at 11:30

Additional information
Tel. : + 04 33 (0) 66 58 38 00 (Nîmes tourism office)

 

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Mark May 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm

And be prepared! If you are driving on Sunday you will not find an open gas station except on the highways! We made that mistake last time and had to turn the rental car in empty – a very expensive lesson to learn.

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