When the sky above Greater Carcassonne is ablaze
Featuring on televisions the world over, and with 500,000 people jostling in the Bastide, all eyes are focused on the famous Cité ablaze and the magnificent fireworks every 14th July.
Many of the villages in Greater Carcassonne have their own firework display to celebrate Bastille Day, either the day before or after.
And, since 2018, Greater Carcassonne has celebrated a fireworks festival, known as 'Pleins feux sur le Canal' or Spotlight on the Canal. This is a series of displays in the villages on the edge of the canal. It is a successful link between fire and water in Cathar country.
Our best bits
- Being one of the crowd in the Bastide de Carcassonne on 14th July, enjoying the smell of summer on the banks of the river Aude and being amazed by the 30 minute firework display
- Preferring to get a view from a little higher, among the vines around the Cité for a rural and calm view of the emotional show
- Exploring the canal du Midi during the day, on foot, on a bike or on a boat, before going to one of the partner communes in the 'Pleins feux sur le canal', where you'll be intoxicated by the intensity of the high-quality fireworks festival.
- Sharing the gentle way of life in communes such as La Redorte, Caux-et-Sauzens, Marseillette, Villesèquelande and Trèbes and making the most of what goes on before the fireworks are set off (farmers' markets, concerts...).
Last year, the event delighted the public over six colourful evenings. This year, Greater Carcassonne is planning an even bigger show. Having received requests from other communes which border the canal du Midi, the organisers decided to include two or three additional sites. In the future, historical sites such as abbeys, or vineyards which are part of the history of the canal, will also be involved in what will become one of the summer highlights in Greater Carcassonne. A combination of magical lights and authentic local produce!