For a laid-back atmosphere in a pretty setting, Plan de la Tour in the Var region of south-east France is just the place. As a small, peaceful village, it is perhaps clear why Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis chose it for one of their homes. Set in the Massif de Maures hills, this bewitching landscape of wild woods, and untamed flowers provide amazing walks and cycling trails which are perfect for exploring. The village itself is charming being shaded by plane trees, the houses are painted in true Provencal colours and those, along with a 16th-century tower and vaulted passageways, are lovely to wander around. There’s no centre as such, but you can find everything you want within its streets. Home to a couple of cute cafes, a butcher, bakers, grocers and general store, village life is as it should be. And what’s more, the Bay of St Tropez is only 20km away if you’re seeking a livelier scene.