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.