Places in the south of France

Visits places of interest across the south of France

Visit Vaison-La-Romaine, a town with a medieval and a Roman heritage

 

I had never heard of Vaison-la-Romaine until recently but it is a wonderful town. It has a medieval centre perched on top of a hill overlooking the modern town of which lies along the River Ouveze.

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Discover the many pleasures of Saint-Emilion

 

The delights of St Emilion await everyone who visits. Situated in the Gironde and famous for its wines, 103 Châteaux, and largest monolithic church in Europe, as well as being a World UNESCO site, St Emilion surveys the surrounding countryside from an elevated position on limestone rock in the shape of an amphitheatre, with 173 acres of catacombs underneath.

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Basque villages of south-west France

 

The south-western corner of France, on the border with Spain, is well known for popular resorts such as Biarritz and for the western Pyrenees mountains that lie a little way inland – you can visit the beach in the morning and go for a walk in the mountains in the afternoon…

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Beautiful Provence villages

 

To list all of the lovely villages scattered across Provence would be a substantial job to say the least – at every turn there is another hamlet perched on a precipitous hilltop, a perfectly preserved medieval village with locals sitting on benches in the shade of ancient plane trees, or a small town where the boules court is the heart of social activity.

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Visit Argentat in the Valley of the Dordogne

 

Argentat is a small town in the southern Correze, at the heart of the Valley of the Dordogne region. It won’t take you long to explore and discover the highlights but be sure you do because it is a very lovely little town in an enviable setting.

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Visit Mirepoix

 

The Ariege department of south-west France is often visited for the countryside and scenery, and the chance to enjoy outdoor activities, but there are also some interesting towns and villages to discover and explore – and one of these is Mirepoix.

Situated to the north-east of Ariege (south-east of Toulouse, south-west of Carcassonne), Mirepoix is a small market town that contains a great deal of history.

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Grimaud, Provence village

 

The action packed town of Saint-Tropez stands just a few kilometres from Grimaud, and in dramatic contrast!

If you are visiting the Riviera and want to leave the car behind, why not take the train? It is possible to get to Grimaud on a little tourist train that parts from Port Grimaud, the coastal ‘twin’ of Grimaud and itself a sophisticated town – a nice hassle free way to reach the village.

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South of Sarlat

 

Sarlat, ‘unofficial’ capital of the Dordogne department and tourist magnet because of its extraordinary number of medieval buildings, is in the centre of a very attractive region. This is not news!

Most visitors to the region around Sarlat venture along the Dordogne River to see the villages and castles, and head up the Vezere Valley for the prehistoric sites. But to the south, towards Villefranche-du-Perigord, the region and places are much less well known.

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Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

 

Aubeterre sur Dronne is a remarkable village about 20 km west of Riberac.

The most fascinating thing about it is its underground church, the Eglise souterraine Saint Jean. This has been hewn out of the rock and is 20 metres high at its highest point. It is the tallest of its kind in the world – entering the church really is an incredible experience.

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Historic towns of the Dordogne: Sarlat, Bergerac and Perigueux

 

The Dordogne department of Aquitaine contains numerous highlights for visitors, with picturesque villages, traditional small market towns and lovely scenery.

Perhaps it is less well known for its larger towns, but a trip that is based around visits to the three principal historic towns - Sarlat, Bergerac and Perigueux - will introduce you to a different, and equally interesting, aspect of the region. Each of these three towns has a great deal to offer visitors, with each having a very individual character in its historical centre.

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