Thursday, August 08, 2013

What to Do in the South of France

The South of France is, understandably, an incredibly popular holiday spot for families, couples and friends. There is something to keep everyone entertained in the region, which comprises idyllic rolling fields and the star-studded coastline complete with incredible beaches and chic towns for ample shopping and dining opportunities. But if it’s your first time in the region and you want some inspiration, what could you get up to?

If you’re going with kids, your options are endless. Montpellier Zoo is free if you stick to the outdoor exhibits, which shouldn’t be a problem in the beautiful weather, but if you do encounter a shower or two you can always head inside for a few euros to take a look at the indoor creatures. There are also some fantastic activities that children will love, such as kayaking in the French Riviera and horse riding around the countryside. There are also some great museums for blustery afternoons or if you want to shelter from the sun.

Those looking for a more sophisticated experience will love the chic shopping opportunities found in the coastal towns.  St Tropez and Cannes are known for attracting the most stylish crowds, and you can browse the designer stores for hours on end before heading to a Michelin star restaurant to enjoy some fine gourmet dining. Then take all of your shopping bags back to your luxurious villa and enjoy a relaxed evening sampling the local wines around the pool.

Speaking of the food and drink, this is one essential destination for foodie fanatics. Sample the local fare from the vast number of food markets across the region and in each village, and be sure to try to local meat and fish dishes. There is lots of wine grown locally, and you could take yourself off for a trip to a vineyard to find out more about how the wine is made. If you’re lucky, you might even stumble across a little brewery to pick up some unusual beers.

Last but not least, one of the major pulls of the region is the amazing beaches. Not only are they absolutely stunning, many of them are also fairly exclusive. Some charge a small fee to use them, which will guarantee you a pleasant, relatively quiet experience. Some of the beaches get very busy during peak summer season, especially during the school holidays, so do your research and head a little way off the beaten track for the most relaxing experience and the most unspoiled beaches.

About the Guest Author:
Cassie Edgbaston is a self confessed Francophile who spends as much time as she possibly can in the beautiful surroundings of southern France
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  1. France is in my bucket list of places to go to before I die. this is very helpful. thanks for sharing.

  2. I wish I could travel as much as I would like to. I can only dream of going to France.

  3. I haven't been to South of France and my friend (she lives in Cannes) says it's so majestic and beautiful. I hope to be able to visit the countryside when I have earned my leave credits and probably, before my daughter goes off to college. Either Europe or Japan. :)

  4. I hope I have the chance to explore different countries. Experience the life, tradition and their foods just like France.

  5. I've beem several times to this area. I think a very special visit would be to Carcassone, the incredible medieval walled city, founded by the Visigoths in the 5th century. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site and rightly so. This ancient city which looks like a movie set ( and has, in fact, been used for many films is a wonderful place for a visit, with hotels, restaurants and museums and many of the good local wines available within its walls.

  6. I have not been to south of France. I would love to one of these days...