South France or “le Midi” is famous for its beautiful climate, stunning beaches and chic, old villages. There is something for everyone, be it a lush beach holiday on the French Riviera or a journey through time visiting the region’s grand historical landmarks. If you are lucky enough to visit southern France, then here are our top picks for things to do!
Gorges du Verdon
Gorges du Verdon is the deepest gorge in France and an absolute must-see if you are in the South Eastern Region. Visitors are attracted to admire the diverse birdlife, hike the magical trails surrounding the canyon or paddle up the lower end of the gorge.
Contrary to its reputation as the home of the wealthy and famous, Saint Tropez is actually a somewhat quintessential French village full of narrow picturesque cobblestone streets and packed with traditional Cafes. As with all towns in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, no trip would be complete without visiting the famous lavender fields and immersing yourself in the locally produced wine, be it at local restaurants or wineries.
Avignon (also known as City of the Popes) is another town located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of Southern France and is characterized by fascinating Architecture and a vibrant past. History suggests that the first settlers made Avignon their home a mere 5000 years ago, so it’s no surprise that the city is a designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. One thing in particular that stands out about Avignon is its central location at the heart of one of France’s most elegant regions.
Cannes is famous for the annual film festival, which sees the world’s most renowned film stars converge on this beautiful city; however, there are still a wealth of activities throughout the rest of the year. Despite its reputation for glitz and glamour, the old town, named Le Suquet, is jam-packed with classically understated restaurants and tremendous medieval-styled buildings.
Carcassone is a beautiful medieval city located Halfway between Toulouse and Narbonne. The main attraction of the city is the walled city/town known as the citadel. The citadel has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, and for a good reason. The medieval city is the best-preserved medieval city globally and is still home to over 50 residents! If you enjoy historical artifacts, the citadel in Carcassone is the destination for you!
Nice is the city between the mountains the med! No trip to the southern coast of France is complete without stopping by the capital of the French Riviera. Nice is a true poster card destination; the vibrant facades and traditional Mediterranean shutters are enough to make anyone jealous. For you food lovers out there, no trip would be complete without trying the local cuisine “cuisine Niçoise”
Porquerolles is a great place to visit in the South of France and is a short boat trip away from Hyeres, a city near Marseille. Porquerolles is the perfect destination for those looking for an escape from the tourist-heavy regions of the French Riviera. The beautiful white beaches, warm water, and locally-owned restaurants make this the perfect escape from the daily “rat race”.
Monaco is a city-state with a glorious royal family history that dates back to the 13th century. The city is best known for mega-yachts and the formula one race held there annually. We would recommend visiting the spectacular Palais du Prince and Saint Nicholas Cathedral. Note, Monaco is expensive…