This event is best known for it’s Masquerade Flight Contest, in which paraglider and hang glider pilots fly in costume over the edge of the mountain to compete for prizes. Held for four days in the early autumn in Saint-Hilaire, France. There are flight competitions, live entertainment, and street performances, children’s activities and a flight museum. It is held in conjunction with a commercial film festival.
Participants not only glide of the edge of terrifying mountains, they are also dressed up in costume, makeup and masks, providing an amazing spectacle for the thousands of people who come along to watch. Famous for its Costumed Flight Contest for hang gliders and paragliders, the festival prevails as the annual “must go” meeting of the general public and free flight sportsmen worldwide, with or without a motor.
This amazing 4-day event attracts 90,000 spectators and 10,000 international pilots who buzz between the trade fair for air sports professionals, the film festival and a high-level aeronautics program with crazy, hair-raising, in-the-air and on-the-ground demos.
On the final day of death deyfing leaps, over 30 hot air balloons take to the skies, rising up slowly and drifting gently away, launching the last day of flight activities. Mini hot air balloons fly day and night, alongside their big sisters.
‘The Masquerade Flight Contest undoubtedly lives up to its reputation of being the world’s biggest international ultra light air sports event.’
The 35th annual Free Flight and Aerial Sports Film Festival conicides with the event that attracts an audience of nearly 20,000 people and has become a key venue for film and video professionals as well as free-flight enthusiasts. Films shown are about paragliding, hang gliding, sky diving, hot-air balloons, sailplanes, elastic jump, base jump, kites and boomerangs. Films concerning the bird flight are also accepted.
Coupe Icare is held between Saint-Hilaire situated on the border of Chartreuse Mountains and Lumbin in the valley of Isère in France. The altitude of Saint-Hilaire is approximately 180 meters and only a few hundred people live in the township.
The train station of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez is a hub in the French transport network enabling travellers to reach the region. It provides an easy connection to other forms of road transport if needed. Many bus stops are between 4 and 8 minute walks from major landmarks and tourist accomodations.
The public bus system drops passengers on and off between the townships in the area and to the festival itself. There are car hire, ridesharing and taxi service options in the area.
Private shuttles take passengers from Nantes and Carcassonne Airport direct to Saint-Hilaire all year round.
There are many accommodation options available on the Plateau and around the local villages. Choose from camping, sites, furnished cottages, hotels, bed and breakfast, and also a homestay experience can be catered for to totally immerse into the local culture. Surprisingly there are many Airbnb’s also available.
Domaine de Fraisse is set in a beautiful rural location, but within easy access of Carcassonne airport. With comfortable rooms, delicious all-organic breakfast, it features a restaurant, outdoor pool, terraced garden, horse riding activities, free WiFi and free parking.
The Hotel Holiday Inn Express offers unpretentious modern, straightforward rooms that come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus tea and coffee making equipment, and pull-out sofas. The hotel offers a free breakfast buffet in the colorful cocktail lounge and breakfast bar. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness center and seasonal bike rentals.
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The town and coastline of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez is one of the best known and most visited of the popular resorts along the Vendée coast of western France.
There are two gardens open to the public here – Le Jardin de Rigonnieres, with a focus on flowers, and the gardens of the Bourrine du Bois Juquaud. The is set around one of the traditional houses of the region, with low walls and a thatched roof, and a chance to see what life was like to live there 200 years ago.
There are numerous beaches that are supervised, including Les Marines, Merlin-Plage,Sion-sur-l’Océan and the Plage des Demoiselles, with the beaches and rocky coves of the plage de Sion a favourite with visitors. Nature lovers will also enjoy cycling and walking in the Dominial Forest that is behind the beach to the north of the town
The dates for the Coupe Icare Masquerade are September 19 – 22, 2019.
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