Nîmes Férias

Nîmes hosts two férias (bullfighting festivals): the five-day Féria de Pentecôte (Whitsuntide Festival) in May, and the three-day Féria des Vendanges on the third weekend in September. Thousands of visitors descend on the city for dances, live music and plenty of other cultural events, and each festival is marked by daily corridas (bullfights). If you do plan to attend a bullfight, be aware that the scene can be very disturbing. The bull is first weakened by lances that pierce its back and neck, then put to death by the torero, who delivers the final sword thrust.