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.
9 Matching Holidays
Luxury Walking in the Luberon
Prestigious hotels, beautiful hilltop villages, stunning views of the Alps and Mediterranean Sea
If you need to pick one place in Provence that grouped the most stunning perched villages, landscapes and walking trails, it would be here in the Luberon. Made famous by Peter Mayle’s books ‘A Year in Provence’ and ‘A Good Year’ we have...
Mountains to Med Walk
From mountain trails, through olive groves to the warm sea of the Mediterranean
From the area known locally as the “Marvels”, this path takes you on a journey of discovery through mountain villages, fascinating in their variety, culture and richness of history. You will be passing from mountain scenery through an area...
Ride in the valley of the River Dronne
Cycle from the Charente to the Dordogne
Easy cycling along river valleys, Two nights in each location and longer routes available. Start at one of the ‘Plus beaux villages de France’ Aubeterre-sur-Dronne; famous for its subterranean monolithic church. This stunning route runs...
Provence Prestige en Vélo
Vineyards and olive groves
Absorb the essence of Provence – sleepy villages, sun soaked vineyards, Roman ruins and the magnificent Pont du Gard. Easy cycling along quiet lanes and canal paths brings you to charming destinations where you are guaranteed a comfortable...
Classic Canal du Midi
Ancient cities and idyllic waterways
This cycling tour takes you along a fascinating journey across South West France from Toulouse to the Mediterranean sea. A cyclists dream along the tree lined towpaths of the Canal du Midi listed a UNESCO World...
Valleys of the Rugged South
Dramatic landscapes and remote beauty
Recommended in the Telegraph's Top 10 Activity Holidays in France for 2015, this is a moderate walk through stunning and dramatic scenery: steep tree covered slopes, cascading streams and remote, granite strewn plains. Experience...
Coastal Walk from France to Spain
Cross the border from the dream south of France into historic Catalonia
Offering the best of the Catalan coast (both French and Spanish) and with the magnificent backdrop of the Pyrenees, explore a surprisingly unspoiled coastline with its creeks, coves, beaches, gentle cliffs and panoramic views. Discover a...
Provence Prestige à Pied
Scented pines and dazzling skies
Wander through pretty village squares, past vineyards and fields of sunflowers, over remote hill sides and along canal towpaths with the smell of wild herbs in the air. Charming accommodation adds a touch of luxury to the delights of...
Coast & Basque Mountains
Discover a flavour of Spain in France
Explore the cultural richness and dynamism of the Basque Country, with its coastal scenery, historical villages and excellent cuisine. Discovering Hondarribia is a real pleasure, with its walled old town packed with stately buildings and...