Riding its 'European Capital of Culture' high, Lille is poised to seal its rep as a cultural gold mine with the lille3000 Eldorado festival. Borrowed from Mexican folklore and South America legend, Lille will treat locals and visitors to the Latin Fiesta of the decade.
Renaissance Faire meets live action role-playing meets Tolkien – with fire dancers, hatchet throwers and a mythical menagerie to boot – Calvados's fantasy festival covers all the bases. What does cider have to do with it? Nothing. It just comes with the territory… Get in contact via enquiry form on site.
HERITAGE DAYS From the Senate to the Paris Métro control room, the Journées du Patrimoine offer nosey denizens behind-the-scenes access to a flurry of off-limits "attractions" – and the odd crypt.