Programme for World Heritage Days in France now available in interactive map

An interactive map is now available detailing the concerts, workshops, tours and fun events being organised as part of European Heritage Days celebrations in France this month.

Under the dual themes of Sports Heritage and Living Heritage, the 2023 European Heritage Days are back for their 40th year.

Taking place in France on 16th and 17th September, these days are a chance for people to discover more about the culture, customs and traditions in a fun and family-friendly way.


Under this Sport Heritage banner, the public is invited to discover France’s sporting venues and infrastructure, as well as practices. This theme is tied in with the Cultural Olympiad calendar, “a multidisciplinary artistic and cultural program that will run until September 2024” that is part of the run up to the 2024 Olympic Games being held in Paris.

Another fun event starts early, on Friday 15th September. Schoolchildren will be able to participate in ‘Look up!’ in association with the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports.

Intended for students from kindergarten to high school, this operation allows them to discover or rediscover the heritage of their region. This meeting is an opportunity to meet heritage professionals to discover their knowledge and know-how.


A few of the local events to look for in the French Riviera include a pneumatic piano demonstration at the Villa Camélias Museum in Cap d’Ail on 17th September at 11am and 3:30pm. The villa itself is worthy of a trip featuring photos from the late 19th century through to the 1950s, as well as the Ramiro Arrue collection that has a selection of letters, paintings and drawings depicting what life in Cap d’Ail was like. The gardens are also magnificent, with a wild beauty harbouring olive trees alongside century-old carob trees, mimosas, a young Ginko biloba, Judas trees, bougainvillea, camellias and also fragrant jasmine.

In Beausoleil, a Tour De France and cycling exhibit is being held on the 16th from 10am to 6pm at the Centre Histoire et Mémoire Roger Bennati. Thanks to the recent donation of the Beausoleil Cyclist Club archives, the municipal archives of Beausoleil offer visitors the opportunity to discover the history of the Tour de France, which had it last visit back in 2009.

Additionally, the Eileen Gray villa, E-1027, the Camping Units, the Cabanon and Le Corbusier’s workshop are all united under one event in Roquebrune Cap Martin celebrating 20th century architecture on the 16th from 10am to 3:45pm.

There are loads more wonderful events nearby. To find them all, a handy interactive map has been created by the government that shows what towns in and around the region, as well as all over Europe, are doing. The map shows pertinent information such as the date, the theme, who the event is geared to, what type of event, costs, accessibility and the like, so that visitors are armed in advance with the knowledge they need to see the sites they prefer.

Monaco will celebrate its Journées Européennes du Patrimoine on Sunday 24th September. Stay tuned to Monaco Life to read more about what is happening for the event in the Principality.

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Photo of Villa Camélias Museum courtesy Tourism Office of Nice