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

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    3 comments on “Best Vantage Points for Bastille Day Fireworks in France”

    1. Luke says on June 22, 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?

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

      Try the Trocadéro Luke!

    3. HotelClub says on July 13, 2011 at 6:45 am:

      Light up the sky on the eve of La Fête Nationale at these top spots: http://bit.ly/rlsms0

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