From the song of fire to the dance of the river, Fête de la Saint-Louis is a 352-year-old festival that takes place in the port town of Sète. Popularly known as Venice of Languedoc, the town hosts water jousting tournaments on its canals during this festival. Lancers stand on the stern of a boat and fight each other until one of them falls into the water. It is a fun and laughter-filled event prone to belly-tickling bloopers. Different category jousting finals take place on the last day. The finals are a true spectacle. The festival is not just about jousting. There are over 70 street shows, open bodegas, concerts and other events. The festival has a bit of everything and is a must-not-miss.
When: 23rd to 28th August
How to reach: Round-trip flights from Mumbai to Marseille costs ₹38,137. Sète is a two-hour train ride from Marseille.
Where to stay: Hotel Les Tritons (₹3,750 double), Hotel Au Valéry (₹4,816 double).
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