Travel Ideas: South France

Bikers enjoying the sightseeing along the coast of the French Riviera.

Blessed with the sandy beaches of the Côte d’Azur, the urban energy of Marseilles, and the fortified towns and stunning countryside of Provence, South France attracts millions of tourists every year to it’s Mediterranean shores and delightful inland towns. If quiet and solitude are elements of your perfect vacation then the big towns of Cannes, Nice and St Tropez along the French Riviera might not be your ideal destination. But quiet and tranquility can be had too and is often nothing more than a short drive from the coast. Best months to visit: May, June, September, October. (July and August have the best weather but are incredibly busy.)

A tourist overlooking the town and marina of Saint Tropez in the Cote d'Azur.

The town and surrounding countryside of Barroux in the south of France.

The castle at Carcassonne in Southern France.

Cyclists in the Tour de France winding their way along the route through Southern France.

The Pont du Gard aqueduct in the south of France.

A square with restaurants and cafes in the city of Montpellier in South France.

The view of Monaco's beautiful harbor.

One of the top attractions in Nimes, located in South France.

Families enjoy the sea and sand at a beach on the Cote d'Azur.

Swimming, canoeing and relaxing in a river near Pont d'arc in South France.

[Photos by: ktylerconk, Lüfkens, Wolfgang Staudt, psd, austinevan, http2007]

8 questions and comments

  1. Liz from Canada

    South France is what a vacation should be. The region has it all. It does get very busy from June to September but if you can deal with that or get some nice weather in October then it’s ideal. It almost feels like you’re living a dream.

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  2. Drewd

    I went 3 summers ago and it was beautiful. the pictures remind I wasn’t exaggerating. I’ll be there this summer (2010) and was doing some research. I’ll certainly plan to visit some of the places I missed on the last trip. Hard to know whether to stick with France or venture off and see some of Switzerland and Italy. Thanks.

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  3. Susan from Seattle

    Gorgeous pictures, but I don’t see any labels on them. I’d like to know where each was taken.

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    1. David Post author

      I agree Susan. It was something I was aware of when I made the post but was going for more a “feel” of the region. I might need to go back and add a few captions though. Thanks for the input.

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    1. David Post author

      Hi Paula,

      From Thierry’s notes (the photographer):
      The Pont d’Arc is a great natural bridge, located in the Ardèche département in the south of France, near the town of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc.
      The bridge has a width of 60 m and a height of 45 m and was carved out by the Ardèche River.

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  4. Dave

    Looks like you’ve got a photo of Cassis there, which is another really nice spot on the coast, and much less crowded to boot.

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