The South of France is renowned for its hot weather, glamorous lifestyle and delicious delicacies, along with the plethora of things to see and do while you’re there. Instagram has changed the way we, as a society, spend our holidays and capturing iconic monuments, luxurious settings and ‘edgy’ snaps has never been more important. In fact, many of the younger generations ask themselves the question, if it’s not on Instagram, did it even happen? Whilst that might be somewhat extreme, there’s no denying that a big part of going to such desirable destinations is sharing it on social media and being able to boast about your travels to envious family and friends at home. Whether you’re the master of Facebook holiday updates or you prefer to digital detox and enjoy the photos by yourself, we’ve created a list of 7 of the most photogenic spots for you to check out during your stay in our holiday villas in the South of France.
Pont du Gard
Located just outside Avignon is a notably unruined ancient Roman aqueduct known as the Pont du Gard. It’s not difficult to see why it has gained UNESCO heritage site status, and once you’ve marvelled at the beyond impressive capabilities of Roman engineers, you’ll find it the perfect subject for some photography. River beaches and the refreshing, cool waters make this an idyllic setting to spend the day or the more adventurous amongst us can hire kayaks or canoes and stop off at the Pond du Gard for a photo shoot en route.
Lavender Fields of Provence
Provence is renowned for its impressive collection of rolling lavender fields, each as vibrant and breath-taking as the next. This is probably one of the most iconic scenes in the South of France, so chances are you won’t be the first person with the idea of capturing the pretty flowers on film. We recommend waking up early and taking a few pastries with you for breakfast with a view and to ensure you get the perfect photo without the crowds of people doing the same ruining your backdrop.
Gorges du Verdon
The Verdon Gorge river canyon is one of the most-visited spots in the South of France, and with over 25km of turquoise water and rocky outcrops, and pools that can reach up to 700 metres deep, it’s not difficult to see why. The sheer colour of the water makes for ideal contrast shots, while the mighty looking cliffs only add to the drama of the scene. Those visiting with family can rest assured that there is plenty to keep little ones busy, including kayaking and swimming, while those with slightly older family members can try their hand at canyoning and rock climbing.
This hilltop village is a haven for lovers of history and culture and the citizens are honoured by the French government for their role in the French Resistance during World War II. The village is home to lots of literary and artistic types, making it a fantastic spot to visit with lots to see and do, and that’s before you attempt to capture the many angles of the village. The stunning architecture is a sight to behold, and many walks around the village provide lots of photo opportunities.
The Glamour of Monaco
While not technically France, Monaco is just a short journey from various towns and cities in the south of France and deserves to be on the list because of the sheer glitz and glamour that can be captured there. Head down to the harbour and gaze in admiration at the multi-million-pound yachts on display or take a trip to the renowned Monte Carlo casino and capture it’s impressive exterior before trying your luck on the slot machines – although bear in mind you won’t be able to take any photos inside the building.
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Nice
Experience the cool, eye-catching architecture of Russia without the long-haul flight and sub-zero winter temperatures with a trip the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Nice. The turquoise and orange church stands tall in the centre of Nice and both the interior and exterior offer great opportunities for visiting photographers. The building is recognised as a national monument in France, and you can achieve some impressive photos of the domes from below to make for a postcard-worthy snap to send home.
Fort Carrè, Antibes
The azure ocean of the Cote d’Azur is scattered with boats and yachts to make the perfect foreground to those capturing the famous Fort Carrè from afar. Built in the 16th century to protect the border that once existed between France and Nice, this fort has survived many turbulent times and a well-captured photo of the impressive scenery encapsulates many of the core themes of French history. Head over at sunset for a truly romantic vibe before visiting any of the seafood restaurants in Antibes to sample some fresh cuisine.
We hope our list of spots to photograph in the South of France has inspired your next trip, or even encouraged you to try your hand at photography if it is not something you have considered before. Why not make this into a bucket list and attempt to tick off some of these idyllic snaps during your next few holidays to the region? We’d love to see your holiday photos, so do share any that you are particularly proud of with us and other Quality Villas customers via the comments on social media.
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