Posted on 17 June 2008 by admin
Recently we posted about the best Driving Songs, which leads us nicely to Violin Sur Le Sables – a classical music event that take places on the beach in Royan, near to our holiday parc Les Charmettes.
Even if you’re not into classical music, the sheer extravagance of this spectacle is well worth seeing – plus it’s free!
I went with friends a couple of years ago and here’s the advice.
Head over to Royan beach early in the afternoon because the setting will get packed with people – the event has been taking place for 30 years. Take a rug, picnic basket, plenty to drink (it will be hot in the day), suncream and swimming costumes. Bag yourself a good space mid-way back from the stage (you can’t miss the stage, it will be right in the middle of the beach) and set out your rug and picnic. And then enjoy an afternoon in the sun by the sea!
The concert starts around 8pm, so remember to pack evening clothes with a jumper, as it will turn a bit fresh by then. The concert itself consists of a professional orchestra with singers and dancers, culminating in a spectacular firework display that actually fires in time with the music. It will finish around 10.30 – 11pm; allow yourself time for a drink or maybe an ice-cream from one of the many beachside restaurants after the concert, or you could be caught in traffic heading out of town.
A fantastic event, highly recommended.
Have you been – why not tell us your tips for a enjoying the concert.