Journées Européennes du Patrimoine / European Heritage Days

Every year in France there is a fantastic initiative called the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (European Heritage Days) where residents and tourists have the chance to visit historical, cultural and architectural sites for no entry fee or heavily reduced entrance fees.

This year, the 35th edition is held this weekend – Saturday 15 September and Sunday 16 September 2018 – and over 17,000 monuments throughout France open their doors for special activities and events.

Journees Européennes du Patrimoine 2018

Journees Européennes du Patrimoine 2018 (image: JEP)

Journées du Patrimoine / European Heritage Days 2018 on the French Riviera:

Some of the participating sites on the French Riviera include:

Antibes

  • Lou Pitchoun Musée chez Bernard Boetti, Jardin Thuret, Médiatheque Antibes, Musée de la Carte Postale, Musée Peynet, Picasso Museum

Biot

  • Musée Fernand Léger

Cagnes-sur-Mer

  • Musée Renoir
Musée Renoir, Cagnes-sur-Mer

Musée Renoir, Cagnes-sur-Mer

Cannes

  • Château Font de Veyre, Forrtified monastery of Abbaye de Lérins (Ile Saint-Honorat), Chapelle Bellini, La Malmaison art centre, Musée de la Castre (Le Suquet), Musée de la Mer (Ile St-Marguerite)

Fréjus

  • The archaeological crypt

Le Cannet

  • Musée Bonnard

Lucéram

  • Église Saint Marguerite

Menton

  • Jardin Fontana Rosa

Montauroux

  • Moulin à huile

Nice

  • Cathédrale St Réparate, Église Saint François du Paul, Espac Olympia, Fort de Mont Alban, Grotte du Lazaret, Hôtel de Ville, MAMAC art gallery, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée National Marc Chagall, Musée National du Sport
Musée National Chagall (image: kfntravelguide)

Musée National Marc Chagall (image: kfntravelguide)

Sospel

  • Maginot de l’Agaisan

Vallauris

  • Musée Magnelli

Vence

  • Musée de Vence

Villefranche-sur-Mer

  • Église Saint Michel

Villeneuve Loubet

  • Château de Vaugrenier, the medieval fortress in the village

Chateau Vaugrenier (image: Platforme Events)

TRANSPORT for Journées du Patrimoine

In conjunction with the Journées du Patrimoine, there are various transport deals across the French Riviera this weekend offering free or reduced tickets for travel including:

€5 unlimited travel train tickets on the TER network for travel each day on Saturday 15 September and Sunday 16 September only on the French Riviera coast. For example, a return ticket Juan les Pins to Monaco is approximately €15, or a ZOU! Carte (daily pass) is usually €15 until 30 September so make use of this great deal!   Note:  This €5 offer is also available on 19 September as part of the Semaine Européenne de Mobilité.

Return ferry from Cannes to Ile Saint-Marguerite for €12.50 per adult (usually €15 per adult; no discount for children)

€1,50 for unlimited bus travel all day on Saturday 15 September in Cannes with Palm Bus www.palmbus.fr

Free travel all day in Saint Raphael on Saturday 15 September on the routes with Agglobus www.agglobus-cavem.com

Free travel all day in Monaco on Sunday 16 September on the 6 bus lines with CAM and the Bateau bus www.cam.mc

JOURNÉES DU PATRIMOINE CÔTE D’AZUR SITES

The official programme for participating sites in France is available here: Journées du Patrimoine Programme

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European Heritage Days / Journées Européennes du Patrimoine

Every year in France there is a fantastic initiative called the European Heritage Days (Les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine) where residents and tourists have the opportunity to access many historical, cultural and architectural sites for no or heavily reduced entrance fees.

This year the days are held on the weekend of Saturday 19 September and Sunday 20 September 2015 and over 17,000 monuments throughout France will host events and special openings.

Here are some of the participants in 2015 across the French Riviera:

Antibes

  • Archaeology Museum, Fort Carré, Jardin Thuret, Musée de la Carte Postale, Picasso Museum
Fort Carré, Antibes (image: beyond.fr)

Fort Carré, Antibes (image: beyond.fr)

Cagnes-sur-Mer

  • Château Grimaldi, Musée Renoir
Musée Renoir, Cagnes-sur-Mer

Musée Renoir, Cagnes-sur-Mer

Cannes

  • Forrtified monastery of Abbaye de Lérins (Ile Saint-Honorat), Chapelle Bellini, La Malmaison art centre, Moulin Forville, Musée de la Castre (Le Suquet), Musée de la Mer (Ile St-Marguerite)

Lucéram

  • Église Saint Marguerite

Nice

  • MAMAC art gallery,  Musée National Chagall
Musée National Chagall (image: kfntravelguide)

Musée National Chagall (image: kfntravelguide)

Vallauris

  • Musée Magnelli

TRANSPORT

In conjunction with the Heritage Days, various transport companies in the French Riviera region are offering free or reduced tickets for travel exclusively on Saturday 19 September including:

Free travel all day in Monaco on the routes with CAM www.cam.mc

Free travel all day in Grasse on the routes with Sillages www.sillages.eu

€1 unlimited bus travel all day in Antibes on Envibus routes www.envibus.fr

€1,50 unlimited bus travel all day in Cannes with Palm Bus www.palmbus.fr

Free travel all day in Saint Raphael on the routes with Agglobus www.agglobus-cavem.com

€5 unlimited travel train tickets on the TER network for travel on Saturday 19 September only on the French Riviera coast. For example, a return ticket Juan les Pins to Monaco is approximately €15, or a ZOU! daily pass is usually €15 until 30 September so make use of this great deal!

LIST OF PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS / SITES

The official programme is available on http://journeesdupatrimoine.culturecommunication.gouv.fr/ (Click on ‘Télécharger les Programmes’ then choose ‘Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur’)

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When to get free entry at French Riviera museums/historical sites – Les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine 2014

Every year in France there is a fantastic initiative called the European Heritage Days (Les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine) and the theme of these days is ‘cultural and natural heritage’.

This year the days are held on the weekend of Saturday 20 September – Sunday 21 September 2014, and it gives residents and tourists the opportunity to access many historical, cultural and architectural sites for no entrance fee.

Here are some of the participants in 2014 across the French Riviera:

Antibes

  • Archaeology Museum, Fort Carré, Peynet Museum, Picasso Museum
Fort Carré, Antibes (image: beyond.fr)

Fort Carré, Antibes (image: beyond.fr)

Cagnes-sur-Mer

  • Château Grimaldi, Musée Renoir
Musée Renoir, Cagnes-sur-Mer

Musée Renoir, Cagnes-sur-Mer

Cannes

  • Abbaye de Lérins (Ile Saint-Honorat), La Malmaison art centre, Musée de la Castre (Le Suquet), Musée de la Mer (Ile St-Marguerite)

Nice

  • Grotte du Lazaret archaeological site (guided talks), MAMAC art gallery, Matisse Museum
Matisse Museum, Nice (image: destination360)

Matisse Museum, Nice (image: destination360)

Saorge

  • Saorge monastery

Villeneuve Loubet

  • Medieval fortress (guided tours)

**Transport note:  In conjunction with the Heritage Days, various companies are offering free or reduced tickets for travel exclusively on the Saturday 20 September including:

Free bus travel all day in Antibes on Envibus routes

€5 unlimited travel train tickets on the TER network on the French Riviera coast (for example, a return ticket Juan les Pins to Monaco is approximately €15, or a ZOU! daily pass is usually €15 until 30 September so make use of this deal!)

See here for transport offers:  http://www.journeedutransportpublic.fr/carte-des-participants

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