For those wanting an unforgettable get-away in a fascinating place, the South of France could be the ideal holiday destination. With a wonderful climate, beautiful scenery, and excellent weather, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular tourist destination.
There are numerous destinations throughout the region, all with their individual merits. Here are five hand picked destinations to give you something of an idea of what the South of France has to offer.
1) St. Tropez
Located on the French Riviera, is sophisticated St. Tropez. Whether it’s exploring the local markets, browsing the upmarket outlets, relaxing at a quay-side café, enjoying the coastal walks or simply sunbathing on the beaches, there’s something for everyone.
There are many beaches in St. Tropez, each more fantastic than the next. The warm sand and blue sea, coupled with the great weather, make for a sunbathers dream. Also, for the braver sunbathers, why not throw caution to the wind and try one of the clothing optional beaches?
Renowned for its wines, Bordeaux is a thriving metropolitan ideal for a city break. It is culturally, artistically and historically a very rich city, and with its plentiful 18th century architecture a stroll through the city or a river cruise can make for a very enjoyable experience.
Bordeaux is the wine-lovers heaven. In the home of world famous wine, it is only logical to try out one of the numerous guided tours of wine châteaux and vineyards, with wine tasting sessions available throughout the region.
Bordeaux is classified “City of Art and History”, and is inscribed on UNESCO’s world heritage list, meaning that it is officially recognised as an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble; even the experts recognise its panache. With over 362 monuments, there are a plethora of historical buildings to visit all with their individual fascinating histories. Alongside it’s fabulous architecture and monuments, Bordeaux’s rich heritage can be explored in its many museums, such as the musée d’aquitaine or the centre national jean Moulin.
The merits of Nice have been historically recognised so much that it has been described as a truly cosmopolitan tourist destination, with something for everyone.
Nice’s warm climate and welcoming culture still draws thousands every year. For a fuller appreciation of the inherent vibrancy in Nice’s culture, try being around for the Carnival de Nice or the Nice Jazz Festival, when the city comes to life.
For any visitors to Nice, a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais is a must on a lazy afternoon. It’s the perfect way to make the most of the brilliant climate: wandering alongside the azure water of the Bay of Angels.
Another picturesque destination along the French Riviera is Grasse. It has a quaint feel, nestled among the natural trees and vegetation of the area. The rustic architecture combined with the natural beauty of the area make it a lovely destination, especially considering the temperate climate and sunshine it regularly receives.
Grasse is famed for its perfume; it is known as the perfume capital of the world, indeed perfume production is still the main industrial activity in Grasse. For any visitors, a trip to one of the perfumeries in Grasse is unquestionably a good idea. Three in specific, Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard, open their doors to the public and offer free tours explaining the processes in making perfumes, which proves to be an educational and fascinating experience.
The home of Vincent Van Gogh, Arles can be found in Provence and is a wonderful destination for any holidaymaker. A historical wonder, it is filled with fabulous ruins, which alone would merit a visit, never mind everything else Arles has to offer.
Arles is famous for its awe-inspiring Roman ruins. Among these are the Arles Amphitheatre, the Roman Theatre, Cryptoporticus and the Thermes of Constantine to name a few. The Church of St. Trophime, once a cathedral, is considered one of the finest examples of Romanesque sculpture and truly something to behold.
So whether it’s the glamorous St. Tropez, the architectural feat that is Bordeaux, inspirational Nice, aromatic Grasse or the Roman wonder of Arles, for those seeking an unforgettable time out in the sun, a holiday in the South of France is highly recommended.
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Article by Natalie Moody