Guérande Medieval Festival
Fête Médiévale de Guérande
Guérande (Pays-de-la-Loire region)
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Guérande is a medieval town located on the same name peninsula overlooking the salt marshes (the so-called “White Lands”) to the south and the peat bogs (the “Black Lands”) of Brière to the north, about 19 km from Saint-Nazaire, 80 km from Nantes and 70 km from Vannes, in the departement of Loire-Atlantique in western France. Guérande is famous for its medieval town entirely surrounded by ramparts, which are pierced by four gates and one of the best preserved and complete in France. Guérande, it is also its Salt Marshes and her famous salt, "la fleur de sel".
The town has always been an important crossroads thanks to the several surrounding waterways, and therefore boasts ancient roots dating back to the Prehistoric Age with about half of the remaining megalithic monuments of the Loire-Atlantique department being located on the Peninsula. During the Iron Age the Peninsula was occupied by 2 Celtic tribes, the Veneti, in the North, and the Namnetes, further South. The town reached its peak during the Middle Ages prospering thanks to its salt marshes, and becoming also the capital of the Pays Guérandais, an ancient region of the Duchy of Brittany.
Event description and programme
The yearly medieval festival takes Guérande back in time to the 14th and 15th centuries thanks to an evocative medieval market and fair, living history camps, taverns, and a quite rich programme of events celebrating the glorious past and inhabitants of Guérande between history and legend. The Medieval Festival features about 40,000 visitors over two days, 4.000 citizens in costumes, 700 volunteers, 15 professional troupes and 20 costume designers who work all the year. Every year the Festival is dedicated to a specific theme from the medieval past of the city.
The citizens and guests can relive a real atmosphere of the town's medieval past through historical parades in faithful period costumes, battle reenactments and combat demonstrations, medieval market and fair with artisans and traders, medieval taverns with traditional dishes and drinks, and yet equestrian jousting and knights’ tournament, live music concerts and theatre shows, performances of jugglers and other street artists and a wealth of live-in leisure and educational activities for adults and children.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Comité de pilotage de la Fête Médiéval, La vie associative Guérandaise
Address: c/o Hôtel de Ville, 44350 Guérande, Loire-Atlantique department, Pays-de-la-Loire, France
Tel.: +33 240247312, +33 671600672
Guérande Town Council / Hôtel de ville
Address: 7 place du marché au Bois - 44350 Guérande, France
Tel.: +33 (0)240 156040 | Fax: +33 (0)240 156044
E-mail: contact form available online
Brittany Regional Tourism Committee / Comité Régional du Tourisme de Bretagne
Address: 1 Rue Raoul Ponchon, 35069 Rennes Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (0)299 284430 | Fax: +33 (0)299 284440
Image: Guérande Town Council
Text sources: Guérande Town Council, Brittany Tourism, Wikipedia, WikiVoyage
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