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Fortified city of Carcassonne
The Atlantic resort of Arcachon
Enter the south at See Valence

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World heritage site of Saint-Emilion
Historic centre of of Vaison-la-Romaine
Peaceful countryside of Correze

Between the Atlantic coast and Biarritz to the west and the French Riviera to the east, the south of France includes a remarkable number of places worth visiting. Our mission is to share our favourites with you and bring you all the highlights, the nitty-gritty details, and the reality. The attractions...and sometimes even the places to avoid.

Note: use the 'search box' above to help you find somewhere in particular!

Villages

Numerous villages classified among the 'most beautiful villages' are found in the south of France, and many villages that are equally beautiful but slightly less well known, and some of our favourite perched villages of Provence - among many others...

See Basque villages or Provence villages, or browse more places in the south of France.

History

LarressingleWith significant and important historical and Roman ruins (eg in the region around Arles), renowned pilgrimage towns such as Rocamadour, and the medieval castles of the Dordogne department, the southern part of the country is a pleasure for history lovers to explore

See a selection in historical French places.

Resorts

ResortsWorld famous coastal resorts such as St Tropez and Nice, and many other fine beaches both along the Atlantic coast and the Languedoc coast in southern France are what tempts so many people to southern France each year...

See seaside resorts in southern France for a few of our favourites.

Scenery

Marseilles CalanquesAn enormous diversity of landscapes from the Bordeaux vineyards to the fields of sunflowers in Gascony, from deep gorges to the craggy coastline around Marseille and the high mountains of the Alps, outdoor enthusiasts will always find plenty to enjoy when they visit.

See scenery and natural beauty.

You will find lots more places of interest using the 'categories' in the menu.

You should always be able to uncover somewhere new in the south of France for your next visit - because one thing is sure, even if you have visited many times before there is always something new to discover!

Where is the south of France?!

CannesThe part of France that we cover includes four French regions - from west to east these are Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. Occasionally we drift a little to the north of these but not usually too far...

The 'official' region names are not always well known but you have heard of (and perhaps visited) the places they include, for they contain many well known destinations - from the Dordogne to the Luberon, from Gascony to the high Pyrenees, and from the French Riviera to the Atlantic beaches.