You Must See This Night-time Spectacle At The Pont du Gard: Les Féeries du Pont

Pont du Gard during Les Feeries du Pont
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If there is any experience you should try in Provence, it’s this one, Les Féeries du Pont. You’ll never forget it. [ Be sure to see the videos at the end of the post].

Pont du Gard: Féeries du Pont

Pont du Gard at Les Feeries du Pont 2017
Pont du Gard
Feeries du Pont 2017
Pont du Gard at Les Feeries du Pont 2017

I’ve always had a “thing” for fireworks but when they are combined with a sound and light show, in France, at the Pont du Gard aqueduct, how could I resist? It’s so much fun kayaking down the river Gardon and paddling underneath the aqueduct and to see this monument at night? Bien sûr!

The Show

When I heard about Les Féeries du Pont I ordered my ticket (25 Euros) before heading to France in late May. This unique annual event took place on two consecutive weekends: June 2 and 3 and June 9 and 10. On the official website the Féeries du Pont is described as having: “video-mapping projections, flame generators, light compositions, theatre of light, pyrotechnics and original music.” The event was created by Groupe F, deemed “the world’s best pyro-technicians”.

The 2017 Theme

The 2017 show’s theme was “Feux Romains” (Roman Fires), in keeping with the history of the Pont du Gard, which was built by the Romans in the first century AD. It was the highest elevated Roman aqueduct that was used to deliver almost 9 million gallons of water each day to the town of Nimes, located 23 kilometres away.  What an imposing sight and it is one of the best preserved monuments that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Pont du Gard at Les Feeries du Pont 2017
Pont du Gard
Feeries du Pont 2017
Pont du Gard at Les Feeries du Pont 2017

When I arrived at 8:00 pm, there were already many cars parked even though the event was scheduled to start at 10:30 pm.  There was a restaurant open (with an expensive fixed-price menu) and a number of food trucks. That made my day as I had not packed a picnic. While there were picnic tables set up along the side of the river, many spectators  positioned themselves on the hillside that overlooks the Pont. They were all set for the show!

FOOD

Pont du Gard at Les Feeries du Pont 2017
Pont du Gard: food trucks
Tapas at Les Feeries du Pont 2017
Pont du Gard menu: Tapas

In addition to a beverage truck (selling wine and beer) there were some interesting food trucks selling burgers, Mexican food, French tapas, and crêpes. I opted for the French tapas which had a selection of cheese, charcuterie, mini hor d’oeuves, and breads. It was small but fine. I should have gone for the burger and fries. Not traditional French fare, but they certainly looked good.

Viewing The Féeries du Pont

After my meal, I joined the crowd on the grassy hillside facing the Pont du Gard. As we waited for the show to start, a band played cheesy music by the river and the technicians tested out the different effects, such as lighting up the Pont and surrounding area.

The Spectacle

I have been to a sound and light show before, at Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley. There were images projected onto the chateau and the music was accompanied by French commentary. To be honest, I wasn’t all that impressed, but this show….WOW!

While it was too difficult for me to understand all of the French commentary, the images gave me enough of an idea of the storyline (history of the Pont) and the music and light show combined with the fireworks made this event spectacular. There were also actors dressed in reflective costumes riding horses. To see them far away in the distance was just as impressive as seeing them up close.

It is difficult showing you photos of the images as it was so dark for my camera; however, as pictures (and videos) sometime speak louder than words, here are some of the evening’s highlights [be sure to turn on the sound….it’s worth it]:

 

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20 Comments

  1. Oh WOW! What an amazing experience to see this light show with the Roman aqueduct as the background. This goes in my “must see” list and I’m hoping that maybe I can time a future visit to France with this event. Thanks for sharing this, Jan!

  2. Great to see there is lots of seating at Les Féeries du Pont! I’ve been to a few fireworks displays where I got stuck under a tree and could only catch glimpses of the show but in France it looks as though there are wide open lawns for 360 degree views! .

    1. Every spot had a good vantage point. There was lots of seating on the grass as well as where the food trucks were.

  3. Very cool! I love a good light show and anything to do with a Roman theme. But that illuminated ‘ostrich’ cracked me up??!!

  4. I admit I sometimes don’t click on blog post videos, but I’m really glad I looked at these. If a picture is worth a thousand words, your videos are worth some multiple of that. Make sure you have the sound on too.

  5. The Feeries du Pont really does look spectacular! I hope all that fire and setting up the equipment doesn’t harm the Pont du Gard; it’s so beautiful all on its own, and so well-preserved!

    1. I was wondering the same thing….especially the fires considering it’s surrounded by a lot of trees.

    1. You’re so fortunate to be living down there. It’ll be an easier drive for you than it was for me!

  6. Wow!! That really is a spectacle. Thanks for sharing this Jan. Every time I read one of your posts I have to add another French destination to our must-visit list.

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