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Fete Medievale in Briancon Old Town

Fete Medievale in Briancon Old Town

Those that have rented an apartment in Briancon this July, may be in for a treat. The first weekend in July marks the start of summer season here in Serre Chevalier, and to mark it, the City of Vauban are holding their annual medieval festival. Each first weekend in July, City Vauban will be transformed and those that visit will be taken back in time.

City Vauban's Fete Medievale is a celebration of the town's history. It covers over ten centuries of history in the old town. During this weekend the streets of the town are transformed with straw covering the cobbles, bunting flying from house to house and knights on horses parading in the squares. A fantastic experience for both young and old.

So, if you are staying in Serre Chevalier accommodation this July, then the city of Vauban is definitely worth a visit.

There will be lots of events and things to do at the festival. From knights and fair madens to plague victems and jesters, the whole town is involved, bringing history to life. Here and there medieval market stalls line the streets selling traditional, hand crafted goods. You will also be able to take part in archery and swordsmanship lessons as well as less violent activities such as art and kneedle work.

French FestivalThe restaurants also take part in this re-creation of history, so if you were planning on eating out and fancy some traditional mountain food such as tartiflette, think again. France at this point in history did not have potatoes. So, staying true to history the restaurants will not be serving them over this weekend.

As well as the occasional horse crossing your path you might have to duck from time to time as there will be falconry demonstrations, with falcons, eagles and hawks. Medieval black smiths, carpenters and a silk painters will also be demonstrating their skills and showcasing their wares.

Whether you are visiting Briancon for the festival or plan on taking your annual summer holiday in July, make sure you book your apartment in Briancon early, as it is set to be an amazing summer in the Alps.

For more information about Serre Chevalier accommodation over the medieval festival please follow this link.

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