The South of France
The South of France is an area rich in culture, sun, sea, wine, fun and food. It covers seven different regions and all with many different landscapes and flavours, making it the perfect place to holiday as there is something for everyone. Whether it be a romantic getaway or a family holiday with the kids, a place to explore stunning landscapes or the food, art, and culture of France, you can find it here.
The climate is particularly favourable here and most areas profit from a Mediterranean climate. Spring and autumn are popular times to visit, with average temperatures of between 20°C and 25°C during. You can expect temperatures of around 27°C throughout July and August - although temperatures are often much higher than this in some areas!
At South France Holiday Villas we not only have a very large selection of beautiful villas, spacious apartments, picturesque chateaux and numerous beachfront accommodations, we also provide useful articles with information written to help you get to know the areas and to plan your trip. Click the links to browse our list of villas for each area or have a look at the destination guide for the area you are visiting and plan your perfect holiday.
Cote d'Azur, the extreme south-east of France, borders both the Alps and Italy and has long been a favourite destination of the jet set. If you are looking for a lively holiday, look no further than bustling Cannes or St. Tropez. Fortunately, the region is very varied so it is not just the rich and famous who are attracted to this amazing area. The stunning coastline, the rugged mountain scenery, the pristine little hilltop villages, all make the Cote d'Azur a very special place. Of course, the opportunity to do a little posh shopping is a big attraction to many, as well.
Provence has always been valued for its beaches, its history, vineyards and stunning panoramas. The proximity of sea and mountain make it especially attractive and versatile for the holidaymaker. Within the region you will be able to swim in the Mediterranean or from the numerous lakes and river beaches, hike in the mountains of the Luberon or Verdon regional parks, get lost in the staggering limestone cliffs of the Calanques around Cassis, visit the unique Camargue national reserve, and visit World Heritage sites such as the Pont du Gard, Aix-en-Provence and Avignon.
The Languedoc region, , now part of Occitanie, is perhaps less well-known for holidaying than Provence and the Cote d'Azur, but you will find that the climate, the beaches and the countryside can rival anything you will find elsewhere in France. Glorious sandy beaches and the sparkling Mediterranean, medieval towns, architecture and a fascinating history make the Languedoc a great venue for everybody. Places to see in the Languedoc include the Cathar Castles and the medieval city of Carcassonne. As one of the world's biggest wine-growing areas, you'll find the many popular appellations here, including the Blanquette de Limoux, Fitou, and Maury. The main cities to visit are Montpellier, Nimes, Narbonne, Sete and Perpignan.
Corsica is a small island situated in the Mediterranean 110 miles from the Cote d'Azur. With over 600 miles of coastline it boasts 200 beaches - some of the very best you'll find so close to mainland Europe - and is the perfect destination for families, couples and nature-lovers. Visit the main towns of Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Bastia and Calvi or explore the many smaller towns and villages. Take a trip to visit the Iles Lavezzi, relax on white sands of Plage de Palombaggia. There's so much to see on this tiny island - you'll wish you could stay longer.
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Bergerac, Sarlat, Perigeux: this area is so popular with tourists the place names hardly need a mention. With over 1,000 chateaus and as many, if not more vineyards, this area of France has everything for holidaymakers in search of history, culture, food and wine. A great place for families too, you'll find plenty to keep you occupied, with canoeing trips on the river, visits to prehistoric sites and grottos, cycle hire and walking tours, and more.
Aquitaine is a wonderful region in the South West of France, located along the Spanish border and the Atlantic coast. Bordeaux, the regional capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous as a wine-growing region and the source of some of the most well-known appellations, such as Sauternes, Saint-Émilion, Pomerol. Take a day trip to Spain to explore Balbao or Sans Sebsatian, or kick back and soak up the surfing vibes at one of the many beautiful beaches or towns the line the coast. As an area is also known for it's love of festivals and traditional culture, there will be plenty to interest everyone.
Midi Pyrenees, merged with Languedoc into the larger Occitanie region, is similarly one of the lesser-visited tourist areas but that doesn't make it any less of a tourist destintation! Popular with the French and Belgians, who travel down from the North every summer, and also outdoor enthusiasts, who come to enjoy the walking, cycling, and winter sports activities that are some of the best in France. Explore the mountains with a visit to Gaube Lake or the Pic du Midi, or visit one of the many cultural, historical, and religious sites, including the Sanctuaire Notre Dame de Lourdes, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and Cite de l'espace, as well as some of the best preserved prehistoric sites in France, such as the Mas d'Azil and Grotte de Pech Merle.
The French Alps is the name given to picturesque mountain range running the length of the border of France with Italy, Switzerland. It includes the departments of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes and Alpes-Maritimes, and parts of the Drôme, Var and Vaucluse. Despite despite being known largely as a Winter destination it has much to offer all year round. Given it's proximity to the Mediterranean you can stay in the mountains and enjoy the culture and flavours of the alps but still only be a short drive from the beach. Enjoy hiking, mountaineering, cycling, rock climbing, canyonning and via ferrata in the summer or snowshoeing, dog sledding and skiing or snowboarding in the winter, or hop over the board to enjoy a taste of Italy.
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