Where will the Olympic Torch will be the summer in France?
May 3, 2024

Where will the Olympic Torch will be the summer in France?

Where will the Olympic Torch will be the summer in France?
Julien Mainguy

French and based in Vancouver since 2014, Julien Mainguy is the co-founder of Best of France. Passionate about the cultural difference between Canada and Europe, he is leading numerous projects to create awareness, help people grow, and bring communities together.

Where Will the Olympic Torch be in May?

Marseille, May 8th-9th

The Olympic Torch will first arrive to the coasts of France in the iconic mediterranean city of Marseille, the second-largest city of the country. There, it will explore several historic monuments, such as the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica and the Palais du Pharo before making its way to the Marseille Stadium. The Stadium was chosen as the first host of the Olympic Torch due to its extensive history as a landmark of sport, having been the setting for multiple World Cups, European Championships and even a stage of the Tour de France. Learn more about the wonders of Marseille in our article about the marvelous French Riviera.

The port of marseille
Port Marseille

Toulon, May 10th

Moving on, the Torch will traverse Var, a region brimming with natural beauty. The torch will cross beautiful beaches before arriving at Toulon, the capital of the Var region. The port city has a profound naval and maritime history dating back to antiquity. 

Manosque, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, May 11th

The Olympic Torch will then pass through the distinctly beautiful Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region, visiting the Haute-Provence UNESCO Global Geopark before arriving at Manosque, an ancient Provencal town. Here, the torch will explore charming local historical and artistic landmarks, before ending the day at Jean Salobert Stadium. 

Arles, May 12th

The Olympic Torch will continue exploring the south, passing by several charming towns, including the beautiful and historic Aix-en-Provence, before arriving at Arles. Known as the “largest city in France,” Arles’ surface area is seven times that of Paris. Here, the Torch will explore the city’s rich Roman archeological history, and witness the beautiful landscapes which inspired over 300 of Van Gogh’s paintings

Montpellier, May 13th

 Subsequently, the Torch will arrive in Montpellier, one of France’s major cities, renowned for its vibrant blend of historic charm and contemporary spirit. The torch will traverse the lush 17th-century Promenade du Peyrou, before visiting the city's cultural and social hubs: the Place de la Comédie and the Place de l’Europe

Corsica, May 14th

From there, the Olympic Torch will travel to the wonderful island of Corsica. It will start its exploration of the island’s beautiful landscapes from the Pointe de la Parata vantage point, made possible by a Genoese tower dating back to the 16th century. Once it arrives in the city of Bastia, it will traverse historic monuments, neighborhoods and promenades before enjoying a show organized by the city’s local sports clubs.

The sunset from the coasts of Corsica
A beautiful Corsican sunset

Perpignan, May 15th

In Perpignan, the Olympic Torch will visit iconic historical monuments and buildings, including the Citadel, the Le Castillet fortification, which was constructed in 1368, and the Palace of the Kings of Majorca, which will be the magnificent setting for the end of day celebrations.

Carcassonne, May 16th

Moving on, the Olympic Torch will arrive in the extraordinary city of Carcassonne, home to Europe’s biggest fortress. This city welcomes millions of tourists every year coming from all corners of the world to witness the stunning Cité de Carcassonne, a beautifully maintained medieval citadel and fortress which has been recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city proudly showcases several other historic buildings who have survived since antiquity. Learn more about them in our article!

The view of the fortress of Carcassonne
The fortress of Carcassonne

Toulouse, May 17th

Next, the Olympic Torch will visit Toulouse, also known as “the Pink City.” Being 2,000 years old, the city is known for its beautiful historic monuments, including the Saint Saturnin's Basilica, the biggest Romanesque church in France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as its lively cultural and sports scene.

Auch, May 18th

This small but charming town in the Gers department provides a tranquil respite. Here, the Olympic Torch will witness the rolling hills and picturesque landscapes of the southern countryside.

Tarbes, May 19th

Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Tarbes sets the stage with its breathtaking mountain views and rich history as a cycling hub.

Pau, May 20th

The elegant city of Pau is the next step in the Olympic Torch’s journey. Its stunning Renaissance architecture and proximity to the Pyrenees offer wonderful views that will showcase the beauty of the region.

Périguex, May 22st

As the Olympic Torch enters the Dordogne, the ancient city of Périgueux, with its winding streets and historic landmarks, offers a glimpse into the region's rich past and provides a unique backdrop for the Olympic Torch’s journey and celebrations.

Bordeaux, May 23rd

The world-renowned wine capital of Bordeaux welcomes the Olympic Torch with its grand architecture, charming neighborhoods, and a chance to celebrate the region's renowned viticultural heritage. Learn more about the region’s wines, and France's broad and diverse viticulture in our article!

Angoulême, May 24th

Perched atop a plateau overlooking the Charente River, the picturesque town of Angoulême offers a scenic stage for the Olympic Torch’s journey.

Grand Poitiers-Futuroscope, May 25th

This modern city, known for its futuristic theme park, provides a contrast to the historic towns visited earlier, showcasing the innovative spirit of the region

Châteauroux, May 27th

As the Olympic Torch’s Relay enters the Indre department, the idyllic town of Châteauroux welcomes the torch with its charming medieval center and a chance to experience the region's rich cultural heritage.

Angers, May 28th

The historic city of Angers, with its impressive medieval castle and lively quays along the Maine River, creates a stunning backdrop for this stage of the Olympic Torch’s journey.

A ground view towards one of the central historic buildings of Angers
The architecture of Angers

Laval, May 29th

This charming town in the Mayenne department, with its half-timbered houses and medieval center, provides a picturesque setting for the Olympic Torch as it makes its way through the northwestern regions of France.

Caen, May 30th

Steeped in history, the city of Caen in Calvados presents a unique blend of architectural styles, from its imposing medieval castle to its stunning Abbaye aux Hommes, offering a rich cultural experience for all following the Olympic Torch’s journey.

Le Mont-Saint-Michel, May 31st

One of the most iconic and breathtaking sights in France, the medieval town and abbey of Le Mont-Saint-Michel, perched on a tidal island, creates an unforgettable stage for the last May day of the Olympic Torch’s journey. 

The road towards the island town of Mont Saint-Michel at dawn
The island town of Mont Saint-Michel

Where Will the Olympic Torch be in June?

Rennes, June 1st

The vibrant capital of Brittany, Rennes, welcomes the Olympic Torch with its lively atmosphere, stunning medieval quarters, and a chance to immerse in the region's unique cultural heritage.

Niort, June 2nd

Nestled in the Deux-Sèvres department, the charming town of Niort offers a reprieve from the bustling cities, with its serene riverside setting and well-preserved architectural gems.

Les Sables-d’Olonne, June 4th

This coastal town in the Vendée region, known for its stunning beaches and rich maritime history, creates a picturesque backdrop as the Olympic Torch navigates the Atlantic shores.

La Baule-Escoublac, June 5th

A popular seaside resort, La Baule-Escoublac promises stunning vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and a lively atmosphere as the torch passes through this charming coastal town.

Vannes, June 6th

The historic walled city of Vannes in Morbihan offers a glimpse into Brittany's rich heritage, with its half-timbered houses, medieval gates, and charming cobblestone streets.

Brest, June 7th

As the Olympic Torch reaches the westernmost point of France, the maritime city of Brest in Finistère welcomes it with its impressive naval history and stunning coastal landscapes.

Cayenne, June 9th

Having left metropolitan France, the Olympic Torch travels the Atlantic to arrive in French Guiana. Here, the vibrant city of Cayenne offers a taste of France's overseas territories, with its unique blend of French and Creole cultures, lush rainforests, and diverse wildlife.

The beautiful scenery of Cayenne

New Caledonia, June 11th

This breathtaking French territory in the South Pacific provides a stunning setting for the Olympic Torch, with its beautiful beaches, towering mountain ranges, and rich Melanesian culture.

Saint-Denis, June 12th

Located on the island of Réunion, Saint-Denis welcomes the Olympic Torch with its fascinating blend of French, African, and Asian influences, creating a truly unique cultural experience for all.

Papeete, June 13th

The capital of French Polynesia, Papeete, offers a paradise-like setting with its turquoise lagoons, swaying palm trees, and a chance to experience the rich Polynesian culture and traditions.

Beach in French Polynesia

Baie-Mahault, June 15th

This vibrant city in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe provides a stunning backdrop of white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a lively atmosphere infused with the region's distinct Creole heritage.

Fort-de-France, June 17th

The capital of Martinique, Fort-de-France, greets the Olympic Torch with its colorful historic architecture, lush tropical landscapes, and a chance to savor the island's unique blend of French and Caribbean influences.

The historic architecture of Martinique

Nice, June 18th

Returning to Metropolitan France, the Olympic Torch arrives in the glamorous city of Nice. Nestled along the sparkling French Riviera, offers a perfect mix of stunning coastal scenery, historic charm, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere for this stage of the race.

A view of the beach in Nice
A view of the beach in Nice

Avignon, June 19th

Steeped in history, the walled city of Avignon in Vaucluse transports visitors back in time with its impressive Palais des Papes, medieval architecture, and vibrant cultural scene.

Valence, June 20th

Located in the Drôme department, the city of Valence provides a beautiful riverside setting along the Rhône, with its charming Old Town and a chance to experience the region's renowned gastronomy.

Vichy, June 21st

This elegant spa town in the Loire department, known for its art deco architecture and thermal baths, creates a unique and rejuvenating backdrop for the Olympic Torch as it passes through its picturesque streets.

Saint-Etienne, June 22nd

As the Olympic Torch enters the Loire region, the industrial city of Saint-Etienne offers a contrast to the rural landscapes, with its rich mining heritage and a chance to experience the area's distinctive culture.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, June 23rd

Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, the world-famous resort town of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc provides a breathtaking stage, with its towering peaks, glaciers, and impressive mountainous terrain. 

The view of the snowy mountains in Chamoniz
The mountain views of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Besançon, June 25th

This historic city in the Doubs department, with its impressive citadel and winding streets, offers a glimpse into France's rich architectural heritage and serves as a gateway to the eastern regions.

Strasbourg, June 26th

The cosmopolitan city of Strasbourg in Alsace, with its stunning Gothic cathedral, charming canals, and unique blend of French and German influences, promises a cultural feast for all following the Olympic Torch’s journey.

A view of old german style houses along a canal in Strasbourg
The Old German architecture of Strasbourg

Metz, June 27th

Steeped in history, the city of Metz in Moselle boasts an impressive array of architectural styles, from its awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral to its imposing Gallo-Roman architecture, creating a captivating backdrop for this stage of the Olympic Torch’s journey.

Saint-Dizier, June 28th

This small town in the Haute-Marne department offers a more rural setting, with its tranquil atmosphere and a chance to enjoy the picturesque countryside before tackling the upcoming challenges.

Verdun, June 29th

Deeply rooted in history, the city of Verdun in Meuse holds great significance as the site of one of the most brutal battles of World War I, providing a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made while showcasing its resilience and beauty.

Reims, June 30th

The champagne capital of Reims welcomes the Olympic Torch with its magnificent Gothic cathedral, where French kings were once crowned, and a chance to celebrate the region's renowned champagne tradition.

The impressive Gothic cathedral of Reims

Where Will the Olympic Torch be in July?

Lille, July 2nd

As the Olympic Torch reaches the Nord department, the vibrant city of Lille offers a warm welcome with its Flemish-inspired architecture, lively streets, and a chance to experience the unique culture of this dynamic metropolis.

Lens-Liévin, July 3rd

These twin cities in the Pas-de-Calais region, with their rich mining heritage and modern redevelopment, provide an interesting contrast as the Olympic Torch passes through their streets.

Amiens, July 4th

The historic city of Amiens in Somme boasts one of the most impressive Gothic cathedrals in France, providing a stunning backdrop as the Olympic Torch navigates through its charming medieval quarters.

Le Havre, July 5th

This coastal city in Normandy, with its unique concrete architecture and rich maritime history, greets the Olympic Torch with its bustling port atmosphere and a chance to experience the region's seafaring traditions.

Vernon, July 6th

Situated along the Seine River, the charming town of Vernon in Eure offers a picturesque setting, with its half-timbered houses, historical landmarks, and a chance to enjoy the tranquility of rural Normandy.

Chartres, July 7th

The city of Chartres, famous for its extraordinary Gothic cathedral and stained glass, provides a breathtaking stage for the Olympic Torch’s journey, as well as a chance to immerse in the region's rich cultural heritage.

Blois, July 8th

Nestled along the Loire River, the medieval city of Blois in Loir-et-Cher welcomes the riders with its stunning Renaissance châteaux, winding streets, and a chance to experience the grandeur of France's historical past.

The stunning view of Blois from above

Orléans, July 10th

Steeped in history, the city of Orléans in Loiret played a pivotal role in the Hundred Years' War and now offers a unique blend of medieval and Renaissance architecture for spectators to admire.

Auxerre, July 11th

This charming town in the Yonne department, with its picturesque setting along the Yonne River and well-preserved half-timbered houses, provides a tranquil respite for the Olympic Torch amidst the rolling countryside.

Dijon, July 12th

The historic capital of Burgundy, Dijon, greets the Olympic Torch with its rich architectural heritage, including the stunning Palais des Ducs and the Church of Notre-Dame, as well as a chance to savor the region's world-renowned wines and cuisine.

Troyes, July 13th

This ancient city in the Aube department, with its preserved medieval quarters and half-timbered houses, transports spectators back in time, offering a glimpse into France's storied past while showcasing its modern vibrancy.

Paris, July 14th-15th

On July 14th, the Olympic Torch becomes the protagonist as it inaugurates the start of the Olympic Games in the heart of Paris, surrounded by the city's iconic landmarks and rich cultural heritage.

View of the Arc de Triomphe and surrounding traffic at night
View of the magnificent Arc de Triomphe at night

Saint-Quentin, July 17th

Situated in the Aisne department, the town of Saint-Quentin offers a more rural setting, with its picturesque canals, historic buildings, and a chance to experience the tranquility of the French countryside.

Beauvais, July 18th

Known for its stunning Gothic cathedral, the city of Beauvais in Oise provides a breathtaking backdrop as the Olympic Torch as it passes through its historic center, blending architectural marvels with modern urban life.

Soisy-sous-Montmorency, July 19th

This suburban town in the Val-d'Oise department offers a unique perspective as the Olympic Torch traverses through the residential areas surrounding Paris, showcasing the diversity of the region.

Meaux, July 20th

Located in the Seine-et-Marne department, the historic city of Meaux, with its impressive Gothic cathedral and rich cultural heritage, creates a picturesque stage for the Olympic Torch.

Créteil, July 21st

As the Olympic Torch enters the Val-de-Marne suburb of Paris, the modern city of Créteil provides a contrast to the historic towns, showcasing the urban landscapes surrounding the French capital.

Évry-Courcouronnes, July 22nd

This suburban city in the Essonne department offers a glimpse into the dynamic urban sprawl surrounding Paris, as the Olympic Torch explores its residential areas and modern infrastructure.

Versailles, July 23rd

The opulent city of Versailles in the Yvelines department welcomes the Olympic Torch with its magnificent Palace of Versailles, a symbol of French grandeur and a chance to experience the extravagance of the Ancien Régime.

Nanterre, July 24th

This western suburb of Paris in the Hauts-de-Seine department provides a modern urban setting for the Olympic Torch, offering a glimpse into the contemporary face of the French capital's metropolitan area.

Seine-Saint-Denis, July 25th

As the Olympic Torch enters the northern suburbs of Paris, the diverse department of Seine-Saint-Denis offers a vibrant and multicultural backdrop, showcasing the rich diversity that makes up the fabric of modern France.

Paris, July 26th

The grand finale culminates with a return to Paris, where the Olympic Torch will be central to the celebrations of the end of the Olympic Games, creating an unforgettable spectacle for spectators from around the world. 

A sunset view of Paris, featuring the Eiffel Tower
A beautiful view of Paris