Medieval Festival at Colmars-les-Alpes
Fête médiévale de Colmars-les-Alpes
Colmars-les-Alpes (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region)
the Middle Ages relives in an enchanting French Alpine town inviting the visitors to travel back at the time of the feudal lords, maidens, knights and troubadours to rediscover the local rich heritage enjoying many live-in activities and the opportunity to take part at the event by dressing medieval...
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Colmars-les-Alpes is a charming village located in an amazing wooded mountain landscape at the confluence of the Verdon and Lance rivers, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department of southeastern France. The name of the village comes from a hill dedicated to Mars by the Romans ("Collo Marto"). Characterized by small lanes, beautiful old houses, roofs of larch shingles, streets paved with Verdon pebbles, pretty little squares with fountains, Colmars boasts also a remarkable military heritage. In the middle Ages, Colmars was a prosperous community with a municipal franchise and a flourishing drapery industry, and already at the end of the 14th century became a frontier village with the Duke of Savoy's territory in Italy. Following numerous wars and fires, Colmars was gradually reinforced over the centuries turning into a keystone of the French defence system. Today the territory of Colmars is recognized as a site of special natural, scientific or historical interest.
Event description and programme
The town relives its medieval past during the annual celebration of the time of lords and ladies – the Medieval Festival. The streets are crowded, and the visitors meet lords and peasants, ruffians and whores. Colmars lives two days of the rhythm of tambourines, flutes and bagpipes. Jugglers, stilt walkers, knights, acrobats and other performers are involved in the spectacular shows. The visitors join medieval dances and play old games. At the medieval market, the artisans explain their work and offer crafts workshops, while the warriors at the military camps demonstrate their weapons.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Office de Tourisme de Colmars-les-Alpes Haut-Verdon
Address: Ancienne Auberge Fleurie, 04370 Colmars-les-Alpes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department, France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 92834192 | Fax: +33 (0)4 92835231
Provence Web - Guide Touristique de la Provence et de la Côte d'Azur
Alpes de Haute-Provence Tourisme - Agence de Développement Touristique des Alpes de Haute-Provence
Address: c/o Maison des Alpes de Haute-Provence, Immeuble François Mitterrand - BP 80170
04005 Digne-les-Bains Cedex – France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 92315729 | Fax: +33 (0)4 92322494
Image: Office de Tourisme de Colmars-les-Alpes
Text sources: Office de Tourisme de Colmars-les-Alpes, Alpes de Haute-Provence Tourisme, Wikipedia, Provence Web
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