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My friend booked a flight from US to France early this year. Just by looking at her circle of friends, I knew she was either in Paris or on the way to Paris. “Do you want to see a different France?” I sent her this message. Then I got a reply from my friend: I don’t want to, I want to go to South France, but I don’t know how to plan the trip.
Want to know some interesting but not so touristy towns in South France, I immediately planned out such a perfect itinerary for her:
How to get there
Airplane: After arriving in Paris, the quickest way is to fly directly to Nice on the Côte d’Azur, and then walk all the way from east to west, after passing through these nine small towns, then fly back to Paris from Bordeaux.
Train: Take the French high-speed train from Paris to Nice, and then take the train from Bordeaux back to Paris to end the trip.
Between small cities: The most convenient way to visit these nine small cities is to use self-driving. If you have a limited budget, you can also choose to travel by train or coach, or choose BlarBlar Car-a ride for locals. Its advantage is that you only need to share a portion of the gasoline money, and you can also choose different ride models and flexible travel times.
Small towns in South France have their own characteristics
Nice is one of the most famous Côte d’Azur in southern France. Its long coastline is bound to amaze people who come for the first time. The old town of Nice is also worth a stroll, where you can not only see the old churches, winding alleys, but also eat fresh seafood or local specialties.
If you are not in a hurry, you can also take the bus to Monaco, get off the bus at any beach, and enjoy the nudist beach with the casual and open French.
Looking across the small city of São Paulo is an elegant and quiet small city built on a hill. It was built in the mid-15th century. Centuries have passed, and it still retains the charming style of the year. This quiet town is very suitable to take your parents to visit.
Private yachts in the harbor There are two representative characteristics of the city in southern France, one is full of dreamy romance; the other is the glamour and beauty loved by celebrities. There are all luxury elements imaginable: yachts, champagne, luxury cars and private jets. And this place is not Nice or Cannes, but Saint-Tropez.
The wall of celebrities at the entrance of the club proves that Saint-Tropez has become an internationally renowned seaside resort after World War II. Just look at the celebrities who frequently haunt here to know how charming this small town is. U2 lead singer Bono and his wife, actor Uma Thurman, singer Beyoncé, costume designer John Galliano… In Saint-Tropez, the chance of encountering a star is by no means inferior to that of Hollywood.
The surrounding large tracts of lavender Avignon can be said to be one of the most beautiful small towns in South France. The lavender fields, wines, lavender food, and small villages in the mountains can be found in the surrounding area centered on Avignon.
In addition to the lavender fields, André Castle is also not to be missed. It was built at the end of the 13th century and has been included in the World Cultural Heritage. From the castle you can see the whole city of Avignon, and you can also admire the Rhone River, the largest river in France. Every July, Avignon also hosts a theater festival, which was founded by French theater director Jean Villar in 1947 and has become a large stage for concentrated displays of modern European theater. At the same time, there are reading sessions, exhibitions, film screenings, and debates. Through these methods, audiences can better enter the creative world of artists.