First things first, you can find the latest on rules for international travel here.
The health pass/vaccine pass is no longer required for everyday venues in France, likewise the mask rule has been lifted for many indoor public spaces, although masks are still compulsory on all public transport. Find the full details here.
Paris Orchid festival – the capital’s Jardin des Plantes is displaying 1,001 orchids (and that’s just a tiny fragment of its total collection) in the gardens’ enormous and beautiful greenhouses until March 21st. Tickets are €7 and you can buy in advance here or on the door.
Easter – Easter falls on April 17th this year, with the two-week school holidays taking place in late April and early May, depending on the zone.
Easter in France has lots of its own traditions – including magic flying church bells – and of course a lot of chocolate, but many towns also have an Easter festival or market over the long Easter weekend (Easter Monday is always a public holiday).
Bessières omelette festival – The town of Bessières in south west France really likes omelettes – every year at Easter they make a giant one with 15,000 eggs. Created in a giant pan, the omelette feeds around 10,000 people. After Covid-related cancellations, the festival is back this year on April 16th, 17th and 18th.
Corsica’s ‘chained man’ – if you’re on the island of Corsica on Good Friday and you see a hooded man chained to a cross, don’t panic. It’s a local Easter tradition and there is always a long list of volunteers to be the ‘penitent’ on the cross.
Easter egg hunts – la chasse aux oeufs (egg hunt) is a popular activity around Easter and many towns have their own event.