101 places to go – International Kite Festival, Berck-sur-Mer


We’re focussing on something light, bright and breezy for our latest entry. Where else, for example, could you stand on vast golden sands whilst above you the skies are filled with colourful creatures of different shapes and sizes, dancing through the air with incredible grace and beauty? We can’t think of anywhere like the International Kite Festival, Berck-sur-Mer, France, so its inclusion was something of a ‘no-brainer’.

For over 20 years people have visited Berck-sur-Mer in the springtime to witness blue skies bursting with a myriad of moving colours. The displays and intricacy of the kites is astounding, and each year promises something new that will astound over half a million visitors.

This year’s event runs from 13-21 April and boasts a number of wonderful displays, from aerial ballets and jousts to a parade of inflatable sea creatures turning the sky into a huge blue aquarium. And to spread the inclusive feeling there are a number of workshops to encourage the next generation to take to the skies with their wonderful creations.

The region itself possesses more than its fair share of beauty and history. It has a rich maritime heritage and its strategic position on the north coast has given it a colourful history that’s well worth exploring. But it’s undoubtedly the prevalence of long expanses of sand and gentle sloping dunes that has led to a large increase in visitor numbers. Still, with 12 kilometres of beach it can feel anything but crowded.

The International Kite Festival at Berck-sur-Mer really is the kind of one-off event that we love to promote and support at cottages4you. If you’d like to visit this beautiful part of northern France then take a look at our featured accommodation in the region.

If you have visited the Kite Festival before then please share your experiences by leaving a comment below.

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