Southern France is a huge area with vastly different countryside and cultures with one thing in common. The regions warm summers that mean you get to make the most of the spectacular beaches you’ll come across. From the lovely beaches around elegant resorts such as Biarritz, through Perpignan to St Tropez, Cannes and Nice you cover some of the most tempting part of France.
The part of France covers four French administrative regions – from west to east these are Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur and between the Atlantic coast and Biarritz to the west and the French Riviera to the east, there are a remarkable number of places worth visiting.
There are numerous villages thought to be the most beautiful in France and many villages that are equally beautiful but less well-known. The area is steeped in history and has significant Roman ruins as well as some fantastic Renaisance chateaux in the Dordogne. The local countryside is equally varied and some of the prettiest is found in and around Bordaeaux where the vineyards produce some of the world’s greatest wines. Further south the countryside gives way to vast fields of bright sunflowers on Gascony and to craggy limestone scenery around Marseilles.
Coastal resorts such as Biarritz, St Tropez and Nice are known as the playgrounds of the rich and famous but there are many other resorts of all types and sizes across the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines.
Food and drink are such a massive part of French culture and are very varied across this massive region. From the Basque like seafood dishes seared with tomato and pepper sauces on the Atlantic seaboard to the traditional cassoulet served in the areas around the Canal du Midi and bouilabaisse and salad Nicoise from the Cote D’Azur, the variety of dishes is as varied as the number of chefs cooking the. Along with a fantastic selection of well-known wines the best fun is seeking out a less well know wine of your own that you can champion back home.