The beautiful region of Provence and the French Riviera are situated in south eastern France, fringed by the stunning Mediterranean Sea. Provence is considered one of France’s most popular and glamorous holiday destinations. Hundreds of kilometres of idyllic coastline thread through film-star favourites St. Tropez and Cannes. Aside from the glitz and glamour, holidays to Provence promise a wealth of lesser-known gems for visitors seeking a quainter French experience. Little villages along the Riviera are wonderful places to explore that are more Picasso than party.
Fancy rubbing shoulders with a few actors? St. Tropez has been a go-to European holiday spot since the days of Brigitte Bardot. The picturesque waterfront is lined with restaurants, cafés and shops to browse and a couple of good museums to visit. The town is also home to arguably the finest beaches in the French Riviera. Miles of silky white sand and blue waters make for the most beautiful sunbathing zones around. After a relaxing day on the beach, pick a bar to enjoy a cold glass of bubbly and watch the sun set.
For something a little quieter, head away for the crowds and spend a day visiting Grasse, the home of the perfume industry. The town is built on the side of a hill, and has spectacular views of the Riviera and cities beyond. Take a trip to the perfume factory to pick up some gifts or a souvenir of your holiday to Provence.
Art lovers and culture vultures will want to head straight to Nice, for all of St. Tropez’s cosmopolitan vibe with some fantastic museums and sights worth seeing. Spend a day wandering around the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and grab some lunch or a drink on the bustling promenade.
Whether you’ll be sightseeing or staying strictly on the beach, visiting Provence and the French Riviera on your summer holiday this year will guarantee something to suit every taste. Wherever you choose to visit in the region, look forward to the southern France hospitality of wonderful food and beautiful weather. Book now to bag a great value deal with lastminute.com, and make this summer your best yet.