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, itineraries write themselves around these parts. Revel in visiting historic residences, hitting the glam boutiques and dining in stylish international restaurants. Why not head to the casino for a night on the tiles with a difference? France is at its most fabulous here...

Popular South of France Holiday Resorts

Jet2CityBreaks to Nice

There’s nowhere better for a city break than this sun-kissed southern city, where culture and coastline blend seamlessly and pastel-perfect houses line the streets. Between strolls along the promenade, lazing on the sand and dining al fresco, Nice ticks all the boxes. Plus, there’s a sprinkling of glamour in all the right places.

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AC Hotel by Marriott Ambassadeur Antibes Juan les Pins

AC Hotel by Marriott Ambassadeur Antibes Juan les Pins

Antibes, South of France

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  • Lagoon-style outdoor pool
  • Close to the beach
  • Stylish rooms with upgrades available
  • In-house Mediterranean restaurant
  • Award-winning service
La Villa Port D'Antibes & Spa
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La Villa Port D'Antibes & Spa

Antibes, South of France

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  • Located in the resort centre
  • Colourful design
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Close to the Old Town
  • On-site pool
Royal Antibes
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Royal Antibes

Antibes, South of France

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  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Private beach*
  • Close to the resort centre
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Language

French

Currency

Euro €

Time difference

+1hr

Local beer

£6

Meal for two

£59.80

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

Antibes

Ahh, Antibes. This fabulously French seaside town boasts culture and charm by the bucketload. Speaking of buckets, it’s time to grab yours and a spade and check out the beaches here – after all, they’re some of France’s most beautiful sandy stretches! Away from the shore, there are plenty of trinkets and treasures to hunt down in the Old Town. Plus, it's a great base to explore the rest of the French Riviera.

Cannes

There’s something for every holidaymaker here, despite its 24/7 glam reputation. Rich in elegant boutiques, seafood eateries and exquisite old architecture, Cannes is a suntrap spot full of choice. You don’t have to do things the well-heeled way all the time, as you can head off and explore around the region when you please, with ease. And don’t even get us started on the French fare...

Menton

Lemon-scented adventures start here. You’ll feel like you’ve landed on the Neapolitan Riviera rather than the French when you rock up to Menton. With pastel-hued mansions and swaying palms embellishing the waterfront, this swoon-worthy seaside town is as beautiful as they come.

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.

A view of the bay at Theoule-sur-Mer

Theoule Sur Mer

Tranquil Theoule Sur Mer flaunts the dreamiest elements of southern France, from its copper-coloured cliffs to its sun-drenched sands.

Villefranche sur Mer

Say Bonjour to one of France’s most charming harbour towns. With its pastel-coloured houses cascading down the hill and the restaurant-lined seafront, Villefranche sur Mer is the ideal base on the Côte d'Azur. Nestled between Nice and Monaco, you’re also perfectly placed to see more of this glamorous stretch of Mediterranean coast.

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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Plage Beau Rivage Nice

Plage Beau Rivage Nice

South of France

This private beach club offers some of the best dining along Nice's Promenade. Its art deco signage welcomes you to the blue and white sunloungers and parasols of the 'Zen' area. Affiliated to the hotel of the...
Plage de la Darse

Plage de la Darse

Villefranche sur Mer, South of France

This pebbly paradise is Villefranche sur Mer's best kept secret! Tucked away behind a wall at Port de la Darse, you’ll find this small, sheltered cove where you can laze the days away. And its clear, azure...

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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Antibes Cathedral

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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Grande Roue de Saint-Raphaël

Grande Roue de Saint-Raphaël

Saint Raphael, South of France

Think seaside, think Ferris wheel. Grab your tickets to the Grande Roue de Saint-Raphaël for just €4 per person and enjoy spectacular views over the surrounding area as you rise 33 metres into the sky. Be sure...
Cannes Tourist Office

Cannes Tourist Office

Cannes, South of France

Cannes is all glitz and glamour, celebs and sunbathing, culture and couture. To get the best from it you need to know what's going on and when. Stay abreast of the local scene at the Cannes Tourist Information...

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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Aux Bons Enfants

Aux Bons Enfants

Cannes, South of France

Rustic, authentic and unfussy – eat like the locals at Aux Bon Enfants. Run by the Giorsetti family for generations, this old-school eatery shuns modernity for proper Provencal cooking. Squeeze into the tiny...
Bobo Bistro

Bobo Bistro

Cannes, South of France

This cool bistro attracts a hip, bohemian crowd. The interior has a hippyish, Moroccan vibe – soft cushions and a higgledy-piggledy layout in burnt oranges with retro-kitsch bits and bobs. The food is...

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, 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,...
Le Cave de mes Terres

Le Cave de mes Terres

Theoule Sur Mer , South of France

If you fancy picking up some local cheese, wine and charcuterie, then this charming shop is just the ticket. It’s chock-full of goods that are perfect for souvenirs. And the best bit? You can sip some vino or...

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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Achill's Restaurant Bar Rooftop

Achill's Restaurant Bar Rooftop

Villefranche sur Mer, South of France

Achill's rooftop bar is hot-spot for evening aperifs. They've also got an extensive spritz menu too, so you can sip on everything from an Italian aperol to a French Chambord spritz. The best part? You'll have a...
Bars on Antibes harbour

Bars on Antibes harbour

Antibes, South of France

Want to soak up a bit of the local nightlife? Head down to the marina, which is one of Europe’s biggest, and take your pick from the waterfront venues. Sip a cocktail and watch the sun set over the Med or...
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