The South of France is easily my favorite place in the world, especially during the summer.

I’ve been heading to the Cote d’Azur almost every August for the last eight years.

In fact, over the last three years, I’ve spent months living in Antibes, one of the cutest little spots on the French Riviera.

So naturally, I’ve done a lot of exploring while in the area, especially while living there, and have come up with this list of the best places in the South of France.

Get ready to be booking your next trip to one of these gorgeous spots on the French Riviera!

Is the South of France Worth Visiting?

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The South of France is definitely worth visiting for many reasons.

You’ll want to soak up the atmosphere, taste the mouthwatering dishes, and acquaint yourself with the local customs as you journey through this enchanting part of the world.

With its stunning Mediterranean coastline, the famous French Riviera offering an idyllic setting for your holiday.

Plus, you can enjoy sunbathing and swimming on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world amidst shimmering azure blue waters and golden sandy stretches.

The South of France has a rich history that is well-preserved in picturesque ancient towns, medieval hamlets, and historic cities.

There’s also centuries-old fortresses, marvel at impressive Roman ruins, and stroll along cobblestone streets, to be transported back in time to an age of grandeur and glory.

The region’s incredible natural beauty is another major draw. From the rugged beauty of the Camargue and the Alps to the picturesque valleys of the Midi-Pyrenees and the gorgeous shades of the Côte d’Azur, there’s an abundance of diverse landscapes to discover.

The South of France has something for everyone, including amazing food and wine, incredible views, and tons of nature to explore.

You’ll also experience traditional markets and warm hospitality, plus the region’s charm.

Where is the Best Place to Stay in the South of France?


When planning your trip to the French Riviera, you need to make sure you’re picking the perfect spot to base yoursaelf out of.

The region offers a variety of charming towns and cities, each with their own unique character, such as Nice, Marseille, Avignon, and Aix-en-Provence.

Read on to find out all of the best places in the Cote d’Azur to stay.

Where to Visit in the South of France on a Budget?

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Exploring the South of France doesn’t have to break the bank. With careful planning and some cost-cutting tips, you can experience the Cote d’Azur on a budget.

Using options like OuiBus, Eurolines, and Flixbus makes traveling to the South of France from other spots in Europe more affordable.

All of these European bus companies offer inexpensive routes from Paris to popular destinations like Nice and Marseilles.

The trains are also an amazing way to get through France. This is always my favorite way to travel in Europe. There are a few trains a day between Paris and Marseilles and Nice, just book early, seats fill up fast!

I also really love that it’s easy to hop on the train to take day trips to most of the best places in the French Riviera. The train line actually runs along the coast, giving you one of the most beautiful rides.

Once you’re in the South of France, opt for staying in less touristy areas, where lodging prices generally are more reasonable.

I really like staying in Antibes, but there are tons of cute little towns where you can get some great deals on Airbnb. Just book a few months ahead if you’re visiting the coast during the summer!

Save on dining expenses by eating like a local. Instead of pricey restaurants, try the local markets and bistros. Markets offer fresh and affordable produce, while bistros often have low-cost, delicious dishes.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the region’s famed wine at local wine shops, where you can often find great value bottles.


When it comes to sightseeing, many of the South of France’s top destinations offer free or low-cost attractions. For example, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the French Riviera by exploring public beaches or walking the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

In Provence, you’ll wander through picturesque lavender fields, olive groves, or visit the region’s historical sites, such as the 2,000-year-old triumphal arch in Glanum.

Traveling during off-peak seasons, such as late fall or early spring, is another way to cut costs. Not only are accommodations and activities often more affordable, but you’ll also avoid the crowds and enjoy a more peaceful, authentic experience.

Best Places in the South of France

1. Antibes


With its beautiful sandy beaches, friendly locals, impressive yachts in the marina, adorable old town, and some of the best gelato in the world, Antibes is my favorite all-time favorite place in the Cote d’Azur.

Don’t forget to visit the Picasso Museum in the former Château Grimaldi. It showcases the artist’s works created during his time in Antibes.

And if you want to indulge in my favorite gelato, head to Gelateria del Porto in Old Town.

2. Cannes


Famous for its annual film festival, Cannes is one of the more popular spots to visit in the French Riviera.

Start your day with a stroll along La Croisette, the palm tree-lined boulevard, then visit the Lérins Islands, which include Ile Sainte-Marguerite, known for its historic fort and lush Mediterranean vegetation.

Local’s Tip: If you go to Ile Sainte-Marguerite for the day, pack your own picnic and be ready to bring the garbage back with you, because there are no bins on the island.

3. Monaco


With its luxury yachts, glamorous casinos, and the prestigious Formula 1 Grand Prix, Monaco is one of the most glitzy places on the riviera.

While you’re there, don’t miss the Prince’s Palace and the Oceanographic Museum, where you can check out a wide variety of fish.

Oh, and if you’re a James Bond fan, you need to go to Casino de Monte-Carlo for a martini, “shaken not sirred”.

4. Èze

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Visit the hilltop village of Èze, famous for its medieval architecture, cobbled streets, and panoramic views of the Mediterranean.

Their exotic garden has one of the most beautiful views in all the French Riviera. Fair warning though, it’s a lot of steps to get there, so this isn’t for anyone with mobility issues.

Stop by the renowned Fragonard perfumery to learn about the art of making perfume.

5. Villefranche-sur-Mer


Spend the day unwinding in the picturesque seaside town of Villefranche-sur-Mer. It’s just 15 minutes away by train from Nice.

You can enjoy the beautiful beaches, vibrant markets, and the local seafood delicacies.

Fun Fact: Emily in Paris filmed season two’s train station scene in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

6. Menton

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Sitting on the French-Italian border, Menton is called “Pearl of France.”

Chances are, if you’re on social media, you’ve seen Menton’s colorful pastel buildings and vibrant gardens.

They’re also famous for their annual Lemon Festival in February. Though they offer plenty of lemon flavored things all year long.

7. Nice

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Explore the bustling city of Nice, with its iconic Promenade des Anglais, delightful old town, and thriving art scene.

They’ve got tons of museums, including some dedicated to Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall, which are must-sees in this vibrant city.

Plus lots of beaches to hang out on, with plenty of beach clubs and private beaches to choose from.

8. St. Paul de Vence


Discover St. Paul de Vence, a beautifully preserved medieval village filled with art galleries, shops, and cafes.

I went here for the first time last summer and it was absolutely adorable!

Don’t forget to walk along the town’s historic ramparts for stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

9. Grasse


Indulge your senses in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world.

This little town is so adorable, and I love the alley with pink umbrellas. It’s perfect for a cute Instagram shot.

Tour the many perfumeries, including famous Fragonard, or attend a workshop to create your own personalized scent.

Local’s Tip: Schedule lunch of dinner at Michelin starred La Bastide Saint-Antoine – Jacques Chibois. I went there last year for lunch and it was delicious and such a lovely atmosphere.

10. Cap d’Ail


Enjoy the pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters of Cap d’Ail, a small coastal town nestled between Monaco and Nice.

One of my favorite things to do is to take a leisurely walk along the coastal path and appreciate the stunning Mediterranean landscapes.

11. St. Tropez


Experience the allure of St. Tropez, a glamorous seaside town well-known for its luxury yachts, upscale boutiques, and vibrant nightlife.

It’s an easy day trip if you hop on the ferry from either Nice or Cannes.

I like to take the ferry over, then spend the afternoon exploring or lounging at a local beach club.

12. Aix-en-Provence

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I haven’t been here yet, but friends tell me this is an amazing spot.

After hearing them talk about it, I can’t wait to visit the lively city of Aix-en-Provence, with its tree-lined avenues, charming squares, and rich art scene, including the works of its native son, painter Paul Cézanne.

13. St-Remy-de-Provence


Visit St-Remy-de-Provence, a quaint town once frequented by Vincent Van Gogh.

I spent a few days here and absolutely fell in love with this charming little town.

While you’re there, don’t forget to indulge in all the local markets and shops. I really like shopping the market for picnic supplies when I’m planning on taking a day trip.

I could spend all day driving around the surrounding countryside, filled with olive groves, vineyards, and lavender fields.

14. Gorges du Verdon

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If you follow a lotof travel accounts on IG chances are you’ve seen Gorges du Verdon.

I haven’t been here yet, but all my friends tell me this place is a must-see!

This natural wonder offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing.

Wrapping It Up


I hope this list of the best places in the South of France has inspired you to plan your next adventure.

It’s certainly got me daydreaming about my time there later this summer!

Let me know in the comments below which spot you’re most looking forward to checking out.


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