The South of France is home to some of the most amazing and picture-perfect cities in Europe. If you’re looking for cozy and charming little towns to spend an unwinding holiday in, search no more. The area is brimming with wonderful nature and historical monuments. Plan a visit from May to September to experience the blooming nature. If you don’t like the hustle and bustle, avoid summer months because the region is teeming with tourists.
1. The charming St-Remy-de-Provence is a must
Saint-Remy-de-Provence is a lovely tiny town often called the heart of Provence. Its mazy streets will amaze you. There’s a large market where you can buy arts and crafts that the locals produce or some fresh organic food. Be sure to try their unsurpassed cheese. This place is the birthplace of Nostradamus and the place where Van Gogh painted his Starry Night so that you can imagine the philosophical and artistic atmosphere out there. However, be sure to avoid visiting this town from May to September because there’s a harsh mistral wind blowing and you might not enjoy strolling through the streets when it’s ripping through the town.
2. Feel the charms of Cassis
Cassis is an interesting, charming little village to visit. You’ll walk along the old village streets and bump into 16th-century buildings which have recently been colorfully restored in pastel hues. There’s an open-air artist market where you can talk to the authors themselves and discover their secret techniques and inspirations. Go to the harbor area and see why Cassis is still a fishing port. Amidst the harbor there’s an old chateau-fort dating from 1381 – Chateaux de la Maison des Baux, but it is privately owned, and you can only see it from a distance. Still, if you opt for walking up the hill top near it, you can have the best view down upon the harbor and the village. If you feel like resting or swimming at the beach, you’ll be pleased to discover that there’s a sandy beach outside the port. The Plage de la Grande mer is just perfect for a romantic getaway from all the fuss of everyday life.
3. Discover the graceful Montpellier
Montpellier is easy going and graceful. This stylish modern city is full of elegant buildings, private mansions, picture-perfect boulevards and magnificent beaches covered in white sand. If you are into arts, you should go to Musee Fabre which is home to one of France’s richest collections of European art. You can see masterpieces done by Rubens, Delacroix, Géricault, Courbet, Manet, Degas, and Delaunay. Europe’s first botanical gardens are placed in Montpellier so you can take some time off and stroll along in the beautiful surroundings.