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Things To Do in South of France
Things To Do in The Var Region in France

The Var has an ever-changing landscape, from beautiful coastline with pastel-coloured villas to fertile plains of vineyards and olive groves or spectacular gorges and lakes or rugged back country with old medieval villages perched on hillsides.

The Var has 430km of coastline with many beautiful beaches and bays. One of the most beautiful bays of the Riviera has to be the Golf of St Tropez with its very famous village of the same name.

Ste Maxime is situated on the other side of the bay at the beginning of a spectacular coast road leading to Fréjus with its Roman ruins and the seaside resort of St Raphaël.

Just inland are the villages of Gassin, an ancient fortified village, Ramatuelle, a typical Provençal village and Grimaud with its feudal castle.

Beyond these villages are the Maures Mountains, rich in cork oaks and chestnut trees. The Maures are dotted with traditional villages such as La Garde Freinet, Plan de la Tour and Le Luc.

The Argens Valley runs along the centre of the Var with several Provençal villages, each with its own charm. The medieval village of Les Arcs, Brignoles with the Palace of the Counts of Provence, Draguignan with its war cemetery and interesting museum of Provençal trades and customs, Taradeau, renowned for its excellent rosé wine, and Lorgues with one of the longest avenues of plane trees in Provence.

The Upper Var region has many picturesque villages worthy of a visit. Here, the pace of life is slower and gentler than on the coast and theway of life has unchanged little over the years.

Tourtour, nicknamed’ the village in the sky’, Cotignac, home to many artists, Salernes, capital of hand-made tiles and further east to the hilltop villages of the Fayence region. Fayence is Europe’s largest gliding centre, Montauroux, Mons, Seillans, Bargemon, Claviers and Callas have all preserved their former charm and have a rich cultural and historical heritage.

Things To Do in Alpes Maritimes Region in France
The Alpes-Maritimes has had a turbulent history, with Nice belonging to Italy until 1860. Although it is renowned for its stunning coastline, 80% of the department is mountainous, offering great skiing in the winter, yet only an hour’s drive from the Mediterranean. The landscape changes radically from the coast with turn-of-the-century mansions and luxury villas to craggy peaks and winding roads.

Nice, the capital, is a bustling city with quaint old quarters and a delightful flower market and is set in the beautiful ‘Baie des Anges’ which you can view strolling along the ‘Promenade des Anglais’.

Menton, on the Italian border, is famous for the Lemon Festival, Eze is perched on a hillside with wonderful views of the Mediterranean, Biot and Vallauris are known for their pottery and glasswork, Antibes has its own harbour and hosts the Picasso museum.

Nearby is the Cap d’Antibes with its sumptuous properties and panoramic sea views.

Cannes became known to the English aristocracy during the mid 19th century as a popular holiday resort and has remained so ever since. Away from the coast, the old village of Mougins sits on a hilltop with splendid sea and countryside views.

Valbonne has a pretty main square with 17th century arcades, Sophia Antipolis is a modern technological and industrial centre, Grasse is the capital of perfume-making and is a picturesque town.

Nearby is the Loup Valley where the gorges rank among the most beautiful natural sights of Haute-Provence.

Tourrettes-sur-Loup is a fortified village with sweeping views down to the sea, St Paul-de-Vence is famed for its art galleries and medieval appearance of cobbled streets and ancient ramparts.

Further inland lie the ski resorts of Isola 2000, Valberg and Foux d’Allos.

Things To Do in The Provence Region in France
Provence has long been popular with all nationalities as a place to live or holiday in and one of its major attractions is the climate. Summers are hot, but spring and autumn are very pleasant with warm evenings. Even winter often offers the chance to have lunch on the terrace.

It is a land of contrasting landscapes, from its azur-blue sea and sandy beaches, to lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards, or ski resorts in the Southern Alps.

The Provençal cuisine is legendary, and the Côtes de Provence wines are light and abundant.

It hosts a range of sporting and cultural events, from the Grand Prix of Monaco and the Voiles de St Tropez to the internationally-acclaimed Cannes Film Festival and Nice Carnival to local village fêtes and jazz concerts.