Traveling to France is always an exciting adventure and you can never go wrong, whichever part of it you choose to visit and explore. One area of this beautiful country to spend quality vacation time, either with family, your spouse or by yourself, is the South Coast of France. Offering a wide plethora of adventures for every traveler, the South Coast of France has a diverse number of attractions that would entertain even the “most spoiled” traveler. Offering many beautiful attractions and a sweet mixture of city life, beach towns and mountain villages, this French destination is sure to capture the heart of every wanderer who arrives there.
There is no better place to begin your South of France tour than by visiting Nice. If you are coming in from Paris, this trip will entail a short train ride on an affordable rail pass, while those coming in from overseas can fly in through the Nice Cote d’Azur Airport. Also called Nice la Belle, which literally translates to Nice the Beautiful, this city is the fifth most populous city in France and the second largest French city off the Mediterranean Coast. Nice will never run out of interesting places for travelers to explore, and every visitor will surely be smitten by this French city. For an enthralling view of the city and the sea, proceed to Le Chateau. For those who enjoy people-watching and get easily excited at the flurry of activities involving people milling about, the best way for them to immerse in Nice is to head to either Promenade de Anglais or the Rue de France Pedestrian Zone, which are both melting pots of exciting activities. People also flock here to shop for souvenirs and French wares. Most tourists also stop by for a cup of coffee and some crepes. For a heritage tour, be sure to stop by the Matisse Museum, the Russian Cathedral and the Theatre de la Photographie et de l’Image.
From Nice, take the one hour TAM Bus ride to get to your next destination, Saint Paul de Vence. This quaint little fortified village prides itself on an exhilarating view of the mountains as well as the sea below it. It is also rich with winding streets, beautiful fountains, and amazing statues in various nooks and crannies. And who won’t fall in love with the flower shaped cobblestones? Marvel at the beautiful artworks embedded in the old walls while traversing through the village. And since this is also what the locals call an artists’ village, make sure to purchase artwork from a local artist, which promises to not only be a lovely work of art but also easy on your budget, before leaving this charming place.
If a tourist is looking to experience a beautiful union of the city and country while on vacation, the next place to visit is Rodez, a beautiful French city in the middle of the countryside. Characterized by lovely stone cottages and sheep farms dotting the countryside, this quaint little village is also rich in history and cultural heritage. Some of the must-see attractions include the chateaus, the bastides and the beautiful cathedral. There are also numerous boutiques and lots of interesting shops to check out, including the open air market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where street vendors line up in front of the cathedral with olives and spices, as well as vegetables and fruits.
Avignon, on the other hand, is known as the former location of the Pope’s Palace, the former home of the papacy when it was relocated to France in the Middle Ages. But apart from this, Avignon is also home to the Rhone River, where people take lovely cruises. Another top tourist attraction in Avignon is the Le Musee Angladon, which showcases a collection of masterpieces from master artists like Van Gogh and Picasso. Highly accessible through the Avignon Airport and a multitude of rail lines that lead here, Avignon is a top travel destination.
Regarded as one of France’s top tourist destinations and drawing in about three million people annually, Carcassonne is another place in France that must always be included in anyone’s travel itinerary. Experience how the medieval fortress of La Cite will render you speechless with its age-old charm. Accessible from different parts of the world through the Carcassonne Airport and easily navigable with the aid of free shuttles, Carcassonne also prides itself on its numerous castles and ramparts, as well as of the stained glass Basilica of Saint Nazaire.
Complete any South Coast of France visit by exploring many of its beautiful and majestic beaches, starting with Paloma in Nice and Plage de l’Almanarre in Hyeres. It is also highly recommended that a traveler try the unique French cuisine by dining al fresco in one of the many restaurants in the area as well as bringing home some unique items from this region as souvenirs, including Provencal fabrics and other wares.