South of France

South of France holidays

Often hailed the Cote d’Azur or the French Riviera, the South of France has a swish and suave feel to it. There’s more than 100km of coastline for you to enjoy come midday or sundown, and plenty of glitzy buildings to roam around. What more could you want? Well, when only sightseeing will do, whimsical itineraries write themselves around these parts. Revel in visiting historic residences, hitting the glam boutiques and dining in stylish international restaurants. Fancy a flutter? Head to the casino for a night on the tiles with a difference. France is at its most fabulous here...

Language

French

Currency

Euro €

Time difference

+1hr

Local beer

£4

Meal for two

£37

Average flight time

2-2.5hrs

A real looker

Palm-lined promenades, epic villas and pretty palaces – the South of France has rightly been the subject of art. Picasso, Monet and others have all been inspired! Surrounded by the glistening blue sea and topped off with lush green hillsides, it’s quite the sight. Plus, Menton adds to the colour with its blooming lemon groves!

Bright lights, bigger shores

Whether you’re a savvy shopper, eagle-eyed yacht-spotter or an avid dice roller, there’s something with your name on it here. Sports stars and celebs rock up for film festivals and fashion events throughout the calendar. It’s like turning the pages of a glossy travel mag and jumping right in!

From 0-60mph

Let the sound of revving V8s be the extravagant soundtrack to your coastal retreat. With so many unapologetically fancy avenues around the region, it’s no surprise that the F1 elite and supercar drivers park up there. Lamborghinis, Bugattis, classic Ferraris, modified Porsches? They're all waiting.

South of France resorts

Cannes Area

There’s a golden glow to this chic, distinguished urban hangout.

Saint Raphael

Oo la la, this stunning seaside town is the epitome of French Riviera chic! Canopy-covered cafés, dancing palms and a sail-speckled marina – it doesn’t get more swish than Saint Raphael.

Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez, what can we say? Wide-brim hats, striped umbrellas and 50s film stars spring to mind. Easily one of the world’s most glamorous holiday hotspots, this charming port is where to come for fun and frolics in the golden Mediterranean sunshine.

Beaches

Anyone who’s anyone hits the beach on the cool blue South of France. Life revolves around the shore, thanks to its mix of long sandy strips, small pebble bays and arcs of golden sand backed by restaurant-filled proms. And of course, you'll find your fair share of ultra-chic beach clubs!

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Sights

Aside from supercars and celebs, there are plenty of other things worth keeping an eye out for. We're talking grand palaces with manicured gardens, medieval hilltop towns, and sparkling marinas bursting with the biggest yachts you’ve ever spied. Get stuck into the interesting museums too, including one of the oldest aquariums in the world!

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Casino de Monte Carlo

Casino de Monte Carlo

South of France

Glitz abounds here, from the golden ceiling in the entrance hall to the sleek yachts bobbing in Monaco's swanky marina outside. Don't forget your passport if you want to go inside for roulette and more. Or just...
Le Suquet

Le Suquet

Cannes Area, South of France

A quiet getaway from local life, Suquet is Cannes' old town, where fishermen once lived. Its cobbled alleyways lead you up from the coast to quiet bars, great restaurants and a castle with panoramic views of...

Activities

Ever-sunny skies and a crisp sea breeze make this a great place to get active. Out on the water, sailing is the fancy way to cruise the coast, but speed boats and jet-skis turn things up a notch. Biking, hiking and promenade strolling unlock excellent views from dry land.

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Casino Café de Paris

Casino Café de Paris

South of France

Open every day, this popular American-style casino in Monaco is designed with slot-machine enthusiasts in mind. It has hundreds of machines, plus themed ones including Lord of the Rings, Bridesmaids and...
F1 Circuit

F1 Circuit

South of France

Experience the thrills and spills of F1 racing as the streets of Monte Carlo are transformed into a racetrack for four adrenaline-fuelled days in May. The Monaco Grand Prix is the event to be seen at, but if...

Eating and drinking

Fine dining is a given, so expect your pick of Michelin-starred settings. Don’t worry if you want to keep cuisine casual, as there are heaps of humble bistros too. Whatever the style and whatever your budget, don't leave without trying a smoky fish bouillabaisse, washed down with a pastis aperitif and a bottle of the region’s famous rosé.

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Shopping

Like most things around here, shopping is a chic affair. Cannes is home to almost every designer label under the sun, but make sure you seek out fine French produce too, from Provençal lavender to herbs and honey. And don't miss market day – you might even pick up an antique or two with your baguette.

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Forville Market

Forville Market

Cannes Area, South of France

This famous market is heaven for foodies. It’s packed with fresh Provençal produce, from sun-ripened fruit and veg to cheese and charcuterie. You’ll find everything you need for a picnic or gourmet meal,...
The Cours Saleya

The Cours Saleya

South of France

The stalls are bursting with colour at Cours Saleya market in the heart of Nice's Old Town. It's a hive of activity, with locals clamouring for fresh food and flowers. On Mondays, there's an antiques market....

Nightlife

Be-seen-here clubs, open-air beach bars and rooftop terraces all set the scene for a swanky night out on the tiles. Whether you rub shoulders with the jet set in an old-school club or just hang out with the locals in a streetside bar, a certain je ne sais quoi is guaranteed.

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Charly's Bar

Charly's Bar

Cannes Area, South of France

Cannes' cool kids head to this cave bar in Le Suquet. It has a feel of the Cavern Club (where the Beatles started out in '60s Liverpool) with its underground setting and exposed brick walls. It's very glitzy...
Cotton Club

Cotton Club

Cannes Area, South of France

Folky blues and modern jazz are among the musical genres on offer at the Cotton Club. Enjoy a drink or tuck into some tasty food, like slow-cooked beef and polenta, while the music works its magic. It's an...
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