To Do in South of France
in The Var Region in France
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.
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
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.
in Alpes Maritimes Region in France
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
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
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
Further inland lie the ski resorts of Isola 2000, Valberg
and Foux d’Allos.
in The Provence Region in France
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.