The south of France
is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and each year 10 million people visit the French Riviera
. Southern France is colloquially known as ‘le midi’ which is a name that comes from Old French. Southern France enjoys beautiful bright sunshine and a Mediterranean climate which is certainly one of the main reasons why the area is so popular with visitors! Whilst Northern France has some things in common with the UK’s climate and culture, Southern France
is most definitely got more in common with Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain. Exploring France would take a lifetime and there is a huge range of things to see and do. Take your time in the south of France, soak up the relaxed pace of local life and don’t get too hot!
Where to stay
As Southern France is a popular tourist destination the area is full of excellent hotels and hostels to cater for all kinds of travelers. There are also bed and breakfast accommodation available too! If you are planning a holiday in southern France and are planning where to stay, why not consider booking accommodation with Wimdu
? We offer a different experience to that of staying in a hotel, our accommodation includes holiday apartments, converted farmhouses, guest rooms and typical French villas – find somewhere a little different to stay with Wimdu!
has been made in the south of France since the Roman times!
Around 200,000 actors and agents visit Cannes Film Festival every year.
The Statue of Liberty was made in France and given to the USA in 1886!
Artist Henry Matisse did most of his painting in Nice in Southern France!
The French produce more than 60 million hectoliters of wine every year!
What to see and do in Southern France
Southern France is a diverse region with many different things to see and do. The Cote de Azur
is the glamorous playground of the rich and famous and the beach resorts of St Tropez
are all amazing for day trips, even if the price of accommodation in the area might put you off! If you like nature and the great outdoors then there are some excellent hiking and cycling options in the Cevennes
and kayaking is popular down the Ardeche canyons
. Cycling is best done along the small roads around Mount Ventoux
and in the Luberon
. The Alps begin in the south of France and stretch northward into Italy and Switzerland – cycling and hiking are hugely popular in this area.
Southern France is full of history
and you can step back into the Middle Ages at the huge palace in Avignon
. There are also pre-historic paintings which can be seen at the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc
and are examples of the first artists. Roman architecture can be seen at Pont du Gard
in Southern France is extremely important and a big part of the local culture. The Vineyards in the Cotes du Rhone are beautiful. You can even meet some of the winemakers and taste some of their latest wines! French bread
is of course a treat and you can find tasty bakeries all over Southern France. French cheese is also very good and the simple combination of bread and cheese is simply divine!
Cities in Southern France
There are several excellent cities in Southern France. Nice
is one of the prettiest cities in France and lies on the sparkling Mediterranean Ocean
. It was the preferred summer destination of Queen Victoria and her residence can still be visited on Nice’s seafront! Marseille
is a great city to visit with a vibrant cultural scene, great beaches and excellent nightlife. The surrounding landscape around Marseille is worth exploring too and is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Montpellier
is a student city with quaint streets and excellent shopping opportunities. The city’s main attraction is the Place de la Comedie
, a huge square with origins in the 18th century. Toulouse
is popular with Parisian’s looking for an authentic Southern France experience. One thing’s for sure – you can always rely on the weather in the south of France!
There are various airports
located in Southern France including major international airports at Marseille, Nice, Montpellier and Avignon. These airports have flight connections with most major European airport and places further afield such as cities in the USA and Asia. The roads in Southern France are considered to be excellent and getting around with a car is straightforward. Cities and towns are clearly signposted and various highways make travelling between the major cities relatively quick. Public transport in Southern France is very good and trains and buses link the major cities and the services are considered to be reliable and good value. Travelling from Paris to Nice is possible within a day but be warned – the journey is quite long! Several good motorways connect the south with the north - allow 8 or 9 hours travel time between the north and south!