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top places to visit in the south of france


The South of France is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the whole of Europe and for a good reason. Not only is this stunning region home to a variety of quaint villages, hilltop towns and thriving cities, but the warm climate, picturesque beaches and fantastic cuisine also serve to draw visitors from far and wide to French Riviera. But with so much on offer, it can often be difficult for visitors to decide how to spend their precious time in this one-of-a-kind location. Consequently, we’ve selected some of the top places to visit in the South of France to ensure you are treated to an unforgettable stay: 

Cannes

While many frequent Cannes to experience its iconic film festival, there’s so much more to see and do whilst visiting this glamorous coastal city. With an array of bustling bars, restaurants and shops, shimmering sandy beaches and around 300 days of sunshine a year, this holiday hotspot has something for everyone to enjoy whether you’re visiting with your partner, friends or family. Take a stroll along the iconic Boulevard de la Croisette to sample the breath-taking views surrounding this charming city or opt for a cooling dip in the bay’s azure waters. For those interested in the history of Canners, a visit to Le Suquet, the city’s historic quarter, should definitely be on the cards, where you can wander the ancient streets and admire the charming buildings that have stood here for over 400 years. After a day of exploring, be sure to experience the thriving nightlife of this beautiful city; sample some of the finest French cuisine or relax with a late-night tipple at one of many the seaside eateries and bars. 

Boats and yachts on the water near the coastal city of Cannes.

Albi

Situated along the Tarn River lies Albi, one of the most quintessentially French destinations in the whole of France. The home of iconic painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this enchanting city is brimming with history, making it the ideal place to visit for those with a passion for the past. Take a trip to the towering Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile to admire the exquisitely refined architecture or, for those who are a Toulouse-Lautrec fan, a day exploring the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, where you can admire over 1000 of the artist’s works, will make for a memorable experience. Once you have explored the sights and sounds of this enchanting city, venture out into the nearby countryside to discover a wealth of ancient vineyards that surround Albi to sample some of the region’s delicious wine and picturesque scenery. 

A bridge crossing the Tarn River in the city of Albi.

St Tropez

While St Tropez is renowned as one of the French Rivera’s most lively holiday hotspots, this fishing-village turning tourist destination is also the perfect place for couples and families to enjoy a relaxing holiday by the sea while staying in our luxury holiday villas in the South of France. On Tuesday and Saturday mornings, visitors have the opportunity to saunter down to the open-air Provencal market, where a range of handmade goods are on offer as well as some enticing local delicacies. If the bustling town centre gets a little too much in the heat of the midday sun, escape for a few hours down to one of St Tropez’ idyllic beaches; Pampelonne Plage, Plage des Salins and Plage de la Bouillabaisse are just some of the best in the area. After a day of sightseeing or sunbathing, kick back with a cocktail in one of the seafront bars or party until the early hours at the famous Les Caves du Roy nightclub at Hôtel Byblos!

A view of St Tropez at dusk with the town’s light glistening.

Nice

Whether you spend a few hours or two days in Nice, a trip to this awe-inspiring city will be one to remember. Being the fifth largest city in France, those visiting Nice will have plenty to enjoy, whether it’s venturing along the city’s medieval streets and browsing in the wide array of boutiques, shops and galleries, or spending the day basking in the sunshine at one the gorgeous city beaches. Art lovers will relish a trip to the Musée Matisse, a popular museum dedicated to exhibiting the work of renowned French painter Henri Matisse, while foodies can retreat to one of the many sophisticated French bistros or eateries to sample a selection of traditional delicacies ranging from freshly baked pastries to decadent cheese platters!

A pebbled beach with people walking along it backed by the city of Nice.

Carcassonne

Located close to the picturesque Canal du Midi, Carcassonne is one of the most enchanting cities in the whole of France, drawing over 4 million visitors every year to its fairy tale surroundings. With many of its medieval buildings intact, the opportunity to traverse winding stone walls, towering turrets and curving cobbled streets via a guided tour is plenty – you may even catch sight of a grimacing gargoyle! As well as several ancient structures, Carcassonne is also home to several fascinating museums and shops, each one offering something quirky and unique. Whether you’re a family of adventurers or a castle-loving couple, this magical fortress is undoubtedly worth a visit! 

Visitors exploring the ancient stone bridges and turrets at Carcassonne.

While these are just some of the top places to visit during your stay in the South of France, there’s many more just waiting to be discovered. If you’re considering a holiday to this beautiful region and in search of the perfect accommodation, why not get in touch with Quality Villas today to start planning your dream getaway? 

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