Tourisme de Terroir

Coming from the French word terre for “soil,” the word terroir originally described the special characteristics of a region, or piece of land, which gave different varieties of wine, coffee and tea their individuality. (Soil, climate, position, regional traditions….)

Over the centuries, French winemakers developed and took for their own the concept of terroir but the word is still often used to describe rural activities and harvest festivals. 

So If you think the end of the summer season brings a curtain down on outdoor frolics in the P-O, read on! Summer fun is fine, but autumn entertainment is awesome, winter wobbles a little, then comes spring. Fairs and festivals around the region, little and large, celebrating every imaginable ‘produit de terroir’, animal, vegetable and mineral.
Potatoes, olives, wine (bien sûr) chocolate, antiques, roast chestnuts, more wine, (bien sûr) witches, horses, foie gras, apples, encore du vin (bien sûr) ………

They might not all be a pulsing whirl of excitement – some are only small gatherings scantily attended – but it’s a great way to support the local producers, many of whom are struggling in the present economic climate.

 

Check in with local tourist offices for more detailed info… and if you know of any small fairs and festivals celebrating the land, please CONTACT US.

March

Sunday 1st
Laroque des Albères

Fête de la laine (festival of wool)

Sunday 8th
Palau del Vidre

Calçotada

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th
Le Boulou

Primavera del Volo (Le Boulou’s springtime festival)

Sunday 22nd
Opoul Périllos

Fête du romarin (festival of rosemary)

Sunday 29th
Argelès sur Mer

Foire des éleveurs (breeders fair)

Sunday 29th
Millas
Fête de la bunyette et l’huile d’olive (Catalan sweet treat & olive oil festival)

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