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European Events in September & October
We have compiled a list full of interesting, funny, traditional, exceptional and sporting events which will leave you with remarkable memories of your holiday. The events are for couples, families and groups of friends - there is something for everyone to enjoy! If you still need some inspiration where to stay, have a look at our villas which still have availability and offers in September and October!
Ban des Vendages ("Start of the harvest"), Avignon, Provence, 1st September
Every year Avignon celebrates the start of the grape harvest on 1st September. It is a day of sharing and learning about wine in a festive and fun atmosphere. A great parade of the Wine Confraternities, to the music of brass bands and against the colourful background of the ceremonial, and a Mass in Provencal at the Cathedral, the official proclamation of the start of the harvest take splace. Furthermore, the whole day includes games, performances and a lot of activities for children. During the evening visitors get the chance to taste different Provencal food and beverages at the traditional market and listen to a concert.
Rificolona "Lantern Festival", Florence - 7th September 2012
The Lantern Festival begins in the first week of September and is celebrated in Florence and other parts of Tuscany. The festivities culminate on the 7th September, when children dressed in their best attire parade through the city while singing songs and brandishing colourful lanterns on sticks, ( the so called rificolone ) to honour the eve of the birth of the Virgin.
10th International Sand Sculpture Festival - FIESA 2012, Algarve, September
FIESA is a mega exhibition of sand sculptures, considered to be the largest sand sculpture festival in the world. Each new edition is dedicated to a different theme. Every year, a group of talented sculptors, from various parts of the world and experts in the art of sand sculpting, join to give shape to thirty-five thousand tons of sand, in an area of fifteen thousand square meters. This years' theme is "Idols" so be ready to find everyone from Michael Jackson to Marilyn Monroe carved in the sand.
Jane Austen Festival, Bath, 14th to 22nd September
The whole week is dedicated to the famous author Jane Austen and a lot of events are offered for Austen enthusiasts. The most spectacular day each year is the first Saturday, when the festival officially ‘opens’ with the Regency Costumed Promenade through the streets of Bath. Promenaders from all over the world dress in 18th Century attire led by the Town Crier and accompanied by soldiers and sailors adding extra colour to the proceedings.
Mallorca International Film Festival, Mallorca, 18th to 25th September
Spain’s newest film festival is set amongst breathtaking scenery on the most popular island of the Balearics. The Mallorca Film Festival offers the opportunity to immerse in more than 100 films across the festival's four different sections - documentary, feature, children & youth and short & animation. The programme of the Festival also includes film workshops, parties and concerts at the Cultura Club in Palma.
Fête de la Gastronomie (“Food festival”), France, 22nd September
The Fête de la Gastronomie is a national event and designed to celebrate French expertise and innovation in the field of gastronomy. The event is intended as a great public festival and takes place all over France, every year gathering together the French people as well as foreign visitors to celebrate values such as sharing, dialogue, discovery and of course good french food!
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, Loch Ness, 30th September 2012
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running happens on Sunday 30th September and takes place around the famous moorlands of the legendary Loch Ness . The route passes through stunning open countryside down into the quietness of lochside miles, through supportive local villages and into Inverness over the beautiful River Ness to the finish line. Enjoy the unique atmosphere either as a participant or as a visitor.
The Regates Royales, Cannes, Cote d’Azur, 23rd to 30th September
One of the best spots to watch luxury yachts from exclusive beach bars and restaurants in the world is definitely Cannes. Consequently, the small shore village is the place to be in the last week of September. The world famous Croisette is going to be centre stage of classic yachting for the so called Régates Royales. With its 50 boats strong Dragon fleet and an armada of around 24 classic yachts, some over a century old, and its colourful show the event will bring to life the bay of Cannes also in late summer, when the crowds are gone. Do not miss out on this spectacular event!
La Nuit Blanche ("White Night"), Paris, 6th October
La Nuit Blanche is an exceptional night when museums, galleries, city halls, sports venues (even swimming pools) and other spots in and around stay open all night to the public for free. Furthermore, the whole city is full of light installations, street performers and concerts.. Don't miss this annual celebration of art and culture which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Spanish National Day, 12th October
If anyone enjoys a good dose of nationalism, it surely has to be the Spanish. This autumn, Spain celebrates its National Day with a very loud display of national pride in Madrid and all over the country. There'll be military parades on the main plazas and the unmissable spectacle of low-flying aeroplanes, criss-crossing the cities and painting the Spanish sky in red and yellow. Get swept up in the fervour, as Spaniards from across the country to show their love of Spain and celebrate its past, present and future together.
Eurochocolate, Perugia, Umbria, 19th to 28th October
Chocolate can be found in great quantity and quality during this event as the annual Eurochocolate is dedicated to the sweet, rich flavour! The festival is full of sweet treats, crafts and even sculptures made from delicious ingredients. You can also enjoy the countless lectures, speakers, and exhibitions available on the subject during this wonderfully chocolaty affair taking place for one whole week surrounded by the beautiful Umbrian landscape.
Portugal Masters Golf Tournament, Algarve, 11th to 14th October 2012
If you are a golf enthusiast, you will absolutely love the Algarve because of its multitude of great golf courses. The Algarve is renowned for its world-class golf courses, most of which are open all year round. An annual highlight is the Portugal Masters, considered one of the leading European golf tournaments, which will be held in Portugal for the 6th consecutive year from the 11th to 14th October 2012. The event attracts a strong field and some of Europe's finest players who are usually playing there as well as many spectators who don't want to miss this high-quality tournament.
The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham, The Cotswolds, 12th -14th October 2012
With its signature blend of award-winning writers, world-renowned thinkers and international star names the Festival has come a long way since its beginning in 1949. Nowadays it attracts around 100,000 visitors to hundreds of events every year. At its heart the festival still rejoices in the joy of books, the thrill of debate and the unique interaction between writer and reader.
Ochi Day, Greece, 28th October
On October 28th, expect to encounter parades and other celebrations commemorating Ochi Day, the anniversary of General Ioannis Metaxas' flat denial to the Italians' request for free passage to invade Greece. In October, 1940, Greece avoided wartime occupation; Metaxas simply responded "Ochi!" - "No!" in Greek. On Ochi Day, all major cities offer a military parade, and many Greek Orthodox churches will be holding special services. Coastal towns may have naval parades or other celebrations on the waterfront.
Feira de Santa Iria, Algarve, October
Faro honours its favourite saint, Santa Iria or Saint Irene, in startlingly traditional form – by erecting a huge temporary fairground. Whether chasing around on dodgems, screaming on rollercoasters, eating candyfloss and throwing balls on sideshows is a correct way of displaying religious fervour is a moot point, but it’s all good fun, and it’s a perfect time to go to the Algarve for children.
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