Glamorous resorts, sunflower fields and spectacular landscapes
France’s southern reaches are famed for their beach resorts, their endless sunshine and the laid back lifestyle that permeates every corner. From the rolling countryside of the Midi Pyrenees to the clear waters of the Cote d’Azur, and beyond to the red cliffs and hillside villages of Corsica, there’s a distinctively slow pace that enraptures all who visit.
The coast is synonymous with glamour – St Tropez, Cannes and Nice are associated with the wealthy and the chic, with high profile film festivals and white sailed yachts. Further west, Leucate and Sète are more modest yet equally pleasant resorts where a turquoise sea laps golden sand and colourful buildings look down on moored boats.
Inland, a different picture is painted: one of sunflower fields and vineyards, of fortified towns and flower decked villages, and the soaring crests of the Pyrenees. Life here is relaxed, with farmland dominating the western scenery and arresting spectacles such as the Gorges du Tarn and the Cevennes marking out the northern boundary. The Pyrenees National Park forms the border with Spain and is home to a multitude of animals and plants.
Southern France’s warm weather and stunning landscapes make it an appealing destination all year round, but it’s either side of summer that it is most dazzling, when the spring flowers are in bloom or the grape harvest is in full swing.