Best Vantage Points for Bastille Day Fireworks in France

Gonna be in France for La Fête Nationale? Better make some plans to catch all the Gallic merriment or, alternatively, the inevitable, mega Jean Michel Jarre concert.

Check out the best spots to take in all the fun on the night of July 13 when, by the way, all the real Bastille Day action takes place.

Bastille Day concerts at the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris – Photo credit

Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower, Paris

Scores of Parisians – and tourists – congregate on the Champ de Mars and under the loom of the Eiffel Tower for concerts, fireworks and fanciful mayhem.

Where to stay: Novotel Hotel Paris Tour Eiffel

Paris City Guide

Montparnasse, Paris

Montparnasse, the notable left bank area of Paris, is a good place to gather for Bastille Day. Mix and mingle on the streets or head to the top of the Tour Montparnasse for the best view of the city.

Where to stay: Concorde Montparnasse Hotel

Montmartre, Paris

Hilly Montmartre is a most convivial enclave of Paris anytime of year but particularly on le quatorze juillet. For more boisterous revelry, Pigalle is always close by.

Where to stay: Comfort Hotel Montmartre Place du Tertre Paris

Place de la Bastille, Paris

Why not go authentic for Bastille Day? Place de la Bastille is, of course, the site of the watershed moment of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789.

Where to stay: Grand Hotel Amelot Paris

Fourvière, Lyon

Fourvière is the best perch over UNESCO World Heritage Lyon.

Where to stay: Boscolo Grand Hotel Lyon

Lyon City Guide

Promenade des Anglais, Nice

The foremost beachside promenade on the Côte d’Azur offers a breezy vantage point for Bastille Day fun.

Where to stay: Hotel West End Nice

Nice City Guide

La Bastille, Grenoble

See Grenoble party in style from the south end of the Chartreuse mountains.

Where to stay: Residhome Grenoble Caserne De Bonne

Grenoble City Guide

La Grande Plage, Biarritz

Enjoy Bastille Day fireworks with your feet in the sand on the most famous beach on the Aquitaine coast.

Where to stay: Sofitel Biarritz Le Miramar Thalassa Hotel

Biarritz City Guide

Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Fireworks fly fast and furious over the Garonne river in Bordeaux on July 13. Catch it all from the spectacular Place de la Bourse.

Where to stay: Sofitel Biarritz Le Miramar Thalassa Hotel

Bordeaux City Guide

Place du Capitole, Toulouse

Handsome Toulouse throws a solid Bastille Day shindig, with no better place to be than the Capitole.

Where to stay: Crowne Plaza Hotel Toulouse

Toulouse City Guide

Pont Saint-Bénezet, Avignon

The Pont Saint-Bénezet, or Pont d’Avignon, is an iconic point of interest that comes alive in singular fashion every Bastille Day.

Where to stay: Avignon Grand Hotel

Avignon City Guide

Place de la Cathédrale, Strasbourg

Historic, photogenic Place de la Cathédrale celebrates Bastille Day, Alsace-style, with a lot of infectious hoopla.

Where to stay: Cour Du Corbeau Hotel Strasbourg

Strasbourg City Guide

3 Comments for "Best Vantage Points for Bastille Day Fireworks in France"

Luke says on June 22nd, 2011 at 10:41 pm:

I’m a photographer in Paris on Bastille Day this year … where do you think would be a good place to set up a tripod & take photos of the fireworks over the Eiffel Tower?

Ian says on June 24th, 2011 at 3:16 am:

Try the Trocadéro Luke!


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