There is no shortage of things to see in France. Yet, so many travelers never make it outside of Paris. While France has many gorgeous landscapes, the South holds a special place in my heart. I got to spend an epic two weeks exploring the south and it blew all my expectations out of the water. I left pleasantly surprised by how much France has to offer and wanting to see more.
Below the Top Four Reasons to Visit the South of France
Cannes is one of the most famous beaches in the world. Usually reserved for celebrities and millionaires the Cote’D Azur has a ton to offer. Luckily you don’t have be part of the “jet-set” to visit. There are a ton of budget friendly activities to do like walking along the Boulevard de la Croisette and lounging on the beach. If you feel like a bit of a splurge head to Le Plongeoir. Here you can have a delicious meal atop a rock in the sea. (Read more HERE) Or spend a day lounging at Hotel Barrière Le Majestic’s beach club where you can be treated like royalty. (Read about Le Majestic Cannes beach club HERE).
The Hilltop Seaside Villages
The French Rivera has some of the most picturesque villages. These hilltop villages are straight out of a storybook. Visiting Eze should be on everyone’s bucket list. Best of all it’s super easy getting from Nice to Eze. Not only does it have killer sea views but its’ streets are the definition of quaint. Don’t forget to check out Jardin Exoiqtue for a stunning you guessed it exotic garden. Also worth visiting is Monaco a “micro-state” that transport you back in time.
The Quaint Mountain Gems
When I visited the South of France I was expecting great beaches and lavender fields. I wasn’t expecting to find so many cute mountain villages, rivers and gorges. Some of these I happened upon on accident, like the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. (Read about it HERE). Others like the Verdon Gorge were a slight detour, which after seeing some roads signs we found. I am so happy I did and I am planning on going back to Verdon Gorge soon. (Read more on Verdon Gorge HERE). I also took my very first balloon ride in the South. The Balloon ride was one of the things I was most excited about doing and highly recommend it. (Read about Balloon Ride HERE).
Whether you do some or all of these I promise you will be left feeling like you are living and breathing Beauty and the Beast.
The Lavender Fields
Visiting the lavender fields of France is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Their are a lot of things that have to be just right; the weather, the season and the location. Finding the fields is an adventure all in itself and difficult. Yet when you find them it will be worth it.
Luckily I compiled an extensive guide to visiting the lavender fields which you can read here.