Discover Medieval Europe with a Motorhome Holiday in France
Southern France has lots on offer for every history enthusiast. Growing populations, Roman occupation and Napoleon Empire have all left their mark. From the walled city of Carcassonne to a plethora of castles and chateau – evidence of the medieval period is found in the architecture, market squares and traditional festivals across the region. Plan a motorhome holiday to experience life in medieval Europe with a journey through beautiful countryside and remote villages.
Set on a defensive crag high above the village of Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse, this ruined fortress is a popular destination for travellers seeking a glimpse of medieval France. The castle gets its name from the Occitan word Pèirapertusa, meaning ‘Pierced Rock.’
Built initially by the Kings of Aragon in the 11th century and extended 100 years later by King Louis IX – Peyrepertuse was the centre for many religious and territorial battles.
There are a number of events organised for modern tourists during the warmer months, including regular falconry shows and the famous Medieval Festival of Peyrepertuse. Jugglers, acrobats and medieval knights wander the grounds over two days of history themed entertainment.
This annual medieval festival brings the streets of Crémieu to life in a flurry of colour, music and magic. From horse shows and jousting demonstrations to flag twirlers, fire-eaters and magicians – professionals and volunteers come together to offer an experience that will never be forgotten.
Activities across the weekend are family friendly and often educational. Living camps show how the medieval population lived and worked. Watch women spinning on a spindle alongside bow makers, potters and blacksmiths. Stay nearby overnight to make the most of events running throughout the evening, including a banquet and spectacular show on the Saturday night.
Get a glimpse of life in the Iron Age at this historically accurate village reconstruction. Built on the edge of the Garonne River to represent how a village of the period would look and feel, various information stands help you to understand the context of the sights and sounds encountered along the way.
Learn more about metal smelting, weaving and coin making with skilled artisans or visit the eco-museum to learn more about the changing environment. The vegetable and herb garden shows how our crops have changed over the centuries, as well as how we used food as medicine. Animals such as wild boar, chickens and sheep show how our ancestors lived alongside their livestock, making good use of their milk and fleece.