If by chance you are in Puy-en-Velay during the 3rd weekend of September, you may get the impression that time has stood still !
Find an accommodation
The Renaissance Festival of the Bird King : a journey into the heart of the 16th century
There are no cars in the town and the locals have adopted a Renaissance lifestyle ! Each year since 1986, much to the delight of locals and visitors, the town dons its finest colours to recreate the medieval atmosphere of historic Puy-en-Velay. Plunge into the heart of the 16th century for four days of events of all kinds :
Scenes from everyday life
Taverns and Inns
Tented stalls and military encampments in period dress throughout the town centre
Renaissance Balls and market
Visitors are most welcome, but woe betide anyone who says the words ‘fancy dress’! Here we are talking about costumes worthy of the period of the ‘Bird King’ made by numerous craftsmen and women in leather and other materials.
More than 6,000 people take part in the festival which brings together performers from all over Europe.
The 4 days and 3 nights of celebrations are a great opportunity for both children and adults to relive history.
High points of the Fêtes Renaissance du Roi de l’Oiseau :