7 Things About The South Of France That Will Make You Want To Go Right Now

7 Things About The South Of France That Will Make You Want To Go Right Now

There is a reason why so many people want to go to the south of France. It has an enduring appeal that is timeless. Here are 7 reasons to put the south of France on your bucket list.

1. The Sunflower and Lavender Fields of Provence

If you go to Provence during the summer, you will get to see the stunning sight of the sunflower and lavender fields in bloom. There really is nothing like seeing this in person. Renting a car is the best way to see both the sunflower and the lavender fields.

2. It’s Not Crowded

Even though the south of France is one of the world’s most popular destinations, there are many areas that aren’t crowded at all. The Camargue region is usually uncrowded and you can relax in nature there with the flamingoes.

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3. You Can Stay In A Chateau

Imagine staying in the south of France in a 17th Century chateau. There are many elegant chateaus available for rent that are filled with original furniture, tapestries, and artifacts.  They are surrounded by marvelous gardens and staying at one of them will be sure to take you back in time.

4. Foodie Heaven

The south of France has some of the best food in the world. If you are a seafood lover you can choose between Bouillabaisse, moules frites, some of the best oysters in the world, and grilled sardines.

Make sure you try the cassoulet, a hearty sausage, white bean and duck stew that is rich and warming.

Vegetarians will love the many options such as Ratatouille, a combination of peppers, eggplant, and herbs, and Pissaladiere which is a French version of Pizza Napolitana.

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5. The Wine

White wines from the Mediterranean are often round, full and generous, similar to white Rhônes.  I am a huge fan of chilled rose, and you can find plenty of good ones in this area. Reds are very similar to Bordeaux in varietal, wine making style and quality.  The vineyards are planted next to beautiful forests and make for some scenic excursions. Don’t miss wine country in the south of France.

6. Many Transportation Options

In addition to renting a car to see the area, you can also use the train system. The train system in France is easy to use, and is a great way to get around.

You can also rent bicycles to see the area. Most every town has a bicycle rental shop, and there are many bicycle paths.

In the Canal area, you can even rent a house boat to get around. They even let you take your bicycles on the boat.

7. You Can Visit Year-Round

The south of France gets an average of 320 days of sunshine, and the temperatures are pleasant all year. Many people think of visiting only in the summer, but there are plenty of winter activities as well. The Christmas markets are not to be missed, and the airfare and hotel rates are cheaper this time of year, too.

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