The south of France is a popular and beautiful place to visit at any time of year. In the summer, however, the region truly comes alive. Warm weather, al fresco dining, beautiful beaches and an influx of travellers from around the world make it an exciting place to visit during the summer months. If you are thinking of visiting the south of France this summer, consider heading to one of these popular hot spots:
This coastal destination is home to a large annual film festival that brings in some of the world’s most talented actors. It is, however, much more than just a playground for the rich and the famous. Each summer the city comes alive in the Old Historic Town, the beachfront promenade of La Croisette and the nearby islands that make for the perfect summer adventure. Cannes is an upscale and exciting destination and one of the most popular places for European holidays.
This town in the south-western region of the country is often a place that few international travellers are familiar with. However, it is perhaps one of the best possible summer vacation spots for those who enjoy adventure and outdoor recreation. It is a quiet and charming town known for several spas and resorts. With a location near the Pyrenees Mountains and the Spanish border, Bagnères-de-Bigorre is the ideal place for hiking and mountain biking in the summer months.
The French Riviera is a wonderful place for South of France holidays, and no place along the Riviera is more remarkable in the summer than the city of Nice. The city boasts a rich history, ruins, medieval architecture, several fascinating art museums and archaeological sites. Of course, the biggest attraction in the city of Nice are the beautiful beaches along the coastline. Keep in mind that many of the most attractive sandy beaches in Nice are privately owned and will charge entry fees during the summer months. Accommodations include budget hostels, mid-range hotels and a number of luxurious boutique hotels and private villas.
This Mediterranean port town is the third largest city in all of France. Each summer, residents begin to spend time outdoors and the sidewalk cafes and terraced restaurants of the city do a booming business. Take a boat trip from the historic Vieux Port, tour the incredible Palais Longchamp and dine on regional favourites like the seafood Bouillabaisse served with freshly made crostini.
For a chance to visit a truly classic Provençal destination, Aix-en-Provence is a wise choice. The city is known for being home to the painter Cezanne, for being a wealthy city and for boasting incredible architecture. The best way to spend a summer day in Aix-en-Provence is to stroll along the cobblestone streets and take in sights like the fountains on Cours Mirabeau, the wrought iron bell towers and the museums holding some of Cezanne’s earliest and most famous works. It is a remarkably safe city for families to visit and includes several affordable hotel options for travellers.
This city in the South of France is best known for producing some truly incredible wines. Many of the largest wineries in the region open up for public tours and tastings in the summer months. Be sure to arrange a trip to favourites like Saint Emilion or the Médoc during your stay. Other attractions in the city include ancient Roman architecture like the Victory Arch or the fascinating Musee D’Aquitaine. This museum boasts hundreds of exhibits featuring relics and artefacts that are thousands of years in age. Admission is free for the general collection but it is well worth the additional €5 to view the travelling displays.