Discover France's Cultural Sites by Night

  • Les Jardins du Château de Chenonceau in the nightfall

    © Atout France/Maurice Subervie

    Les Jardins du Château de Chenonceau in the nightfall

    © Atout France/Maurice Subervie

  • Sunset on the Mont Saint-Michel

    © Atout France/Jérôme Berquez

    Sunset on the Mont Saint-Michel

    © Atout France/Jérôme Berquez

  • Pont d'Avignon and Palais des Papes seen at night

    © Atout France/Jean François Tripelon−Jarry

    Pont d'Avignon and Palais des Papes seen at night

    © Atout France/Jean François Tripelon−Jarry

Discover France's Cultural Sites by Night

Experience some of the most beautiful sites through a different set of eyes, by spotlight or candlelight.

In the Loire Valley, shadows and reflections, music and lights help enhance the ambiance at chateaux hosting delightful evening celebrations:

  • Night Walks at Château de Chenonceau
  • In the Gardens of Valençay, costumed comedians and musicians bring us back to the time of Talleyrand.
  • In Chaumont-sur-Loire, wander around the Light Gardens, their aura amplified by hundreds of strategically placed LED lights; Friday nights are Magical Nights, when the gardens welcome Fireflies. 
  • Stroll through the candlelit gardens of Villandry during the Night of a Thousand Lights. 

More venues, more one-of-a-kind mystifying moods: 

  • In front of the Brittany Parliament in Rennes, embark on a silly and poetic digital journey.
  • Spend a romantic evening at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, softened by some 2000 candles and the sound of sweet classical music.
  • Lose yourself in Le Mans' Cité Plantagenêt for the Night of the Chimeras, and look at the Besançon Citadel from a different perspective after having witnessed its uniquely poetic ambulatory show.
  • At sunset, partake in a guided stroll in the enchanting setting of Avignon's Palais des Papes. 
  • Then, after nightfall, fall under the spell of the contemporary artworks displayed at the Nantes - Saint-Nazaire Estuary. 
  • From the abbey at Mont-Saint-Michel, where calm and serenity reign during daytime, admire an unforgettable sunset.

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