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The Ultimate South Of France Travel Guide for first time travellers

    Your Guide To All Of The Best Towns To Visit In The South Of France.

    The South Of France is one of the most beautiful areas of France. I have been so lucky to spend many of my summers adventuring around the south so, I have put together some of my favourite places I have been to over the years to create for you the easy guide to the best villages to visit in the south.

    St Paul De Vence

    Top of the list and most definitely my favourite village I have visited in the South Of France is St Paul De Vence. Dating back to the 14th century, St Paul De Vence is one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera. Located between Nice and Cagnes Sur Mer this medieval commune is a must when visiting the South. Wandering through the windy small streets you will find many gorgeous little shops, galleries and restaurants. One of the best things about visiting here is the amazing 360 view you have from the very top of the village of the surrounding areas. To get here you will have to take one of the few buses which will leave you right at the bottom of the village. Just know the busses can be a little irregular so make sure to plan ahead.


    Eze is another beautiful village located just between Nice and Monaco. Another medieval village built over 400m above sea level. A walk through the tiny streets will feel like you have entered into a fairytale novel especially once you see the amazing view from the top. This is one of the villages that are extremely popular to visit for tourists so it can be very busy depending on the time of year you visit. If you want to travel here you have a few options but if you don’t want to hike up a big hill then I would advise getting a bus straight from Nice.


    Located just a few kilometers from Cannes, you will find the beautiful village of Grasse. Grasse has been named the perfume capital since the 19th century for its long-established perfume industry. Here you can explore the village’s long history with perfume by visiting one of its perfume museums which is also a working perfume factory. You will learn everything there is to know about perfume as well as how it’s made. Grasse also has many more places to explore and the village itself is absolutely beautiful with many medieval cathedrals, galleries and museums.


    With its mix of beautiful beaches, old town and wide range of shops, Nice is the perfect holiday destination in the South. There are so many things to see and do within the city whether it be chilling by the beach or hiking up to one of the many beautiful viewpoints. One of my favourite spots to go to within Nice is Castle Hill, this has the most amazing view of Nice as well as a great spot for a walk.


    Monaco is a must-stop spot while in the South Of France. It is accessible by public transportation and it is absolutely beautiful. One of my favourite places in Monaco is the palace, there are a lot of steps to get up the hill to see it but honestly, the view alone from the top makes it worth it. You can wander around the village to explore all of the quirky stores and restaurants or just admire the beautiful view. There are many other great spots within Monaco so I would advise just wandering around.