South of France | Bask in the Beauty
If you are looking for sun and relaxation, but also culture and a taste of Europe, consider the South of France for your next vacation. The beaches offer the perfect setting for sunbathing and much-needed idling, while the towns, restaurants and museums of the area provide a way to sightsee and experience a unique region of France.
You will not be disappointed in this coastal region whose scenery inspired the Impressionist painters. Nice, one of the most popular destinations on the French Riviera, offers stunning beaches, fine restaurants and museums, such as the Musee Matisse. Cannes, site of the world-renowned film festival, draws tourists with its beaches and sports a promenade ideal for people watching. To see where the rich and famous spend their leisure time, carve out some time in St. Tropez, which has world-famous beaches, and the self-governing principality of Monaco, site of the James Bond film, Casino Royale.
Continue west, and nearby Avignon has side streets lined with cafes and boutiques and a rich history. For a city with lots to see and do, visit Arles, where Van Gogh painted some of his masterpieces. It has a Roman heritage and contains some Roman monuments dating back to the 1st century. Even further west, Bordeaux, which has world-class shops, is in the heart of wine country. Toulouse, one of France’s spectacular cities, makes for a beautiful add-on to any trip as well. The best times of year to visit the South of France are September-October and April-May.