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The South of France, also known as le Midi, is a defined geographical area consisting of the following regions of France: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (the southern parts), Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and The island of Corsica. It is guaranteed to have beautiful beaches, amazing food and lots of cute little French villages, all bathing in the sun.
Monaco is a tiny independent city-state on France’s Mediterranean coastline. Its history started in 1215, when the Grimaldi family started building their castle, which is still today the Prince’s Palace. The family wanted to attract new inhabitants, and they offered advantageous conditions to newcomers, such as territorial concessions and tax exemptions. The official language is French, but Italian and English are widely spoken. The traditional Monegasque language is only spoken amongst elders and is taught at the local schools.
Pau: Pau is located in the middle between the Pyrenees and the ocean. It is the largest city in the Pyrenees and was once a favourite wintering spot for expat British and Americans. The Château de Pau was the birth place of Henri IV of France. It is one of the few French châteaux that is fully furnished. One of Aquitaine's biggest museums is the Pau Museum of Fine Arts, where you will find old and contemporary masterpieces from the 15th to 20th centuries.
Biarritz: Close to the Pays-Basque, Biarritz is famous for its coast and the rocks in the sea. From Biarritz to northern Spain, you can hear the Basque language, which is quite unlike any other known language. In this part of the sea, there are large quantities of seaweed, which is known to have beneficial effects on the body. This has encouraged the medical use of seawater in Biarritz, also known as thalassotherapy. In Biarritz, you will find the second oldest golf course of the world, and the Museum of the Sea will show you all kinds of interesting sea animals. The annual Biarritz Surf Festival is one of the premier surf events in Europe.
Bordeaux: Very well-known for its wines, which are considered amongst the best in the world, Bordeaux is the largest French city by area and one of the largest in Europe geographically. It harbours the Gironde Estuary, which is the biggest estuary in France. Bordeaux is the world’s largest urban Unesco heritage site. Worth a visit are the Musee D'Art Contemporain, with its Modern Art; the Musee D'Aquitaine, which retraces the history of Bordeaux and Aquitaine from prehistory to today; and the Musee National des Douanes, or the Customs National Museum, which reflects the history of France through commerce, trade and taxes. The Aquitaine Bridge is an architectural achievement unique in France.
Carcassonne: Renowned across the world because of its two Unesco World Heritage sites: the Medieval City, which is the largest Medieval site in Europe, and the Canal du Midi, a major feat of engineering designed to link the Mediterranean with the Atlantic Ocean. Carcassonne is a beautiful city that will take you back to the Middle Ages. Certainly worth a visit are the Basilique Saint Nazaire, the Count’s Castle, the Old Bridge, Bastide Saint Louis, and the many abbeys and castles all around Carcassonne.
Nîmes: A southern town between the Cévennes and Camargue, the Provence and the Languedoc, Nîmes is filled with Roman relics. It has a stunning Roman Coliseum that is only second to Rome's, a Roman Ampitheatre, a very well preserved first century Roman temple, and a garden filled with other important Roman monuments and beautiful statues. The Musée de la Romanité is one of the best archaeological museums in Languedoc-Roussillon. Nîmes is also called ‘The Rome of France’.
Toulouse: In between a bend in the Garonne River and the Canal du Midi, Toulouse is the fourth largest city of France. It has a wonderful blend of brick and stone buildings and a large collection of museums built within historical monuments. Those brick and stone buildings gave Toulouse the nickname Pink City. The Saint-Sernin Basilica, considered one of the biggest Romanesque basilicas in the West, is listed as a World Heritage Site. Outside of Paris, Toulouse has one of the largest universities of France.
Montpellier:Unlike most towns in the South of France, Montpellier has no Roman heritage. The Counts of Toulouse founded it in the 10th century. Later, it became a prosperous trading port, and today students make up over a third of the population. Its Faculty of Medicine is the oldest med school of the West that is still active today.
Clermont-Ferrand: Surrounded by enormous volcanoes, with Puy de Dome, a large lava dome, shading the other volcanoes. The volcanic rocks are mostly used to construct their monuments, which makes Clermont-Ferrand really unique. It has its own European volcano park Vulcania, which offers a unique experience in the natural setting of the Auvergne volcanoes. Clermont-Ferrand is also very well known for the famous French tire manufacturing company Michelin. On a restored former industrial site, the tale of this company is being told on a series of museum displays. Worth a visit is the Musee Roger-Quilliot, an art museum housing works of art from all periods of time, but especially paintings and artifacts from the local region of Auvergne. In February, Clermont-Ferrand has its very own National and International Short Film Festival.
Lyon: The third largest city in France and the centre of its second largest metropolitan area, Lyon is situated at the meeting point of the rivers Rhône and Saône. It is also the birthplace of cinema. The Old Lyon area is one of the largest Renaissance areas in Europe. In December, you can visit the Festival of Lights, with shows by professional artists from all over the world. The biggest spectacle traditionally takes place on Place des Terreaux. But even on every other day of the year, Lyon has an international reputation for illuminating its monuments at night.
Grenoble:Two rivers cross this city, the Drac and the Isère, and it is surrounded by three mountain chains, the Vercors, the Chartreuse and the Belledonne. Grenoble is known for its universities and its scientific research centers, and it is the very first urban Eco-district in France. Among many others, Grenoble has its Natural History Museum, with collections of mineralogy and the Alpine wildlife; the Musée Dauphinois, with exhibitions about the lifestyle of the historic province of Dauphiné; the Musée De L’Ancien Eveché, with the history of the Isère region; the Museum of Resistance and Deportation, with the history of the WWII in the Alps; and the Museum of French Revolution, the only museum entirely dedicated to the French Revolution.
Saint-Etienne: A city mostly known for its creativity, innovation and design, also being called the City of Design. The Tourist Office offers a tour on the theme of architecture and design throughout the city. Here you can find the first Museum of Modern Art created in the region, with one of the largest collections of France of modern and contemporary art. Next to design, there’s also the Heritage Le Corbusier, the Mine Museum, and the Museum of Art and Industry.
Marseille: The oldest and second largest city of France, which was the European Capital of Culture in 2013. It also has the largest Mediterranean cruise port of France. Le Panier is the oldest area of the town, where you will find the Vieille Charité, an old monument which now hosts museums and exhibitions. La Major is the only cathedral built in France during the 19th century. In the Notre Dame de la Garde church, fishermen used to have their boats blessed. Marseille has several beaches, with each its own purpose.
Nice: The capital of the Côte d’Azur is one of the most visited cities of the world. Very well known for its Promenade des Anglais, and its many sunny beaches. In the Colline du Château, you can experience one of the best views of the Baie des Anges, the rooftops of the Old City, and the Préalpes du Sud. The seven massive statues at the Place Masséna light up every night. Each year in February, the Batailles des Fleurs is the biggest event of the Côte d'Azur.
Cannes: World famous for its Film Festival, Cannes is of course much more than that. It offers many business events for any kind of company. If you leave all the fashion and glamour behind, you will find its lovely long beaches, its islands where time stands still, and its old quarter Le Suquet. Cannes has two ports, Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto, where you’ll find its cruises and (luxury) yachts. Cannes is the only place in France that has three casinos. Since the beginning of the 20th century, it has been the gambling capital of Europe.
Avignon: During the 14th century, the Pope resided in the Palais des Papes in Avignon, Europe’s largest gothic palace. Rich in architectural heritage, the city has much to discover, with the Pont d’Avignon as the most well known of them all. Chapels, churches and buildings from the Middle Ages to the 19th century can be found on every corner of the streets. In July, Avignon is filled with street performers, actors, musicians, and many tourists during the world famous Theatre Festival.
Saint Tropez: The city to go to for famous celebrities, Saint Tropez is made famous thanks to Brigitte Bardot. However, it is also the place to be for lovers of the sea, sand, art, history, French heritage, and it is the Côte d’Azur’s shopping capital. It offers various stunning buildings and monuments, such as the Annonciade Museum, with paintings from famous artists who were inspired by Saint Tropez, or the House of Butterflies, where you will find more than 20,000 species of butterflies from all over the world. Car and moto lovers should visit this city during the Harley Davidson Euro Festival in May or the Porsche Paradise in October.
Corsica: Nicknamed the Isle of Beauty, Corsica offers a wide variety of landscapes, activities and traditions. It offers some of the most breath-taking beaches of Europe and many spectacular mountains.
Ajaccio:The largest city of Corsica, and the birthplace of Napoleon, this is the perfect place to go hiking, trekking, mountain biking, or climbing. This stunning little archipelago offers lots of beaches and creeks. Most famous for its recipes with chestnuts, it is definitely worth a visit in December during the Chestnut Festival.
Monaco Town:The Old town of Monaco is where you can find the Grimaldi Castle. Definitely worth a stop is the changing of the guards, every day at exactly 11.55 am. Furthermore, there’s also the Oceanographic Museum, established by Prince Albert I in 1910; the Museum of the Chapel of Visitation, which is a 17th century Roman Catholic chapel and art museum; and the Chapelle de la Misericorde, which is one of the oldest buildings in the principality. Resting on a giant rock, the Old town is also nicknamed Le Rocher (The Rock).
Monte-Carlo:Mostly well-known for its casino, the name Monte-Carlo certainly rings a bell. The casino, also known for its opera, will take your breath away. Next to that, there are also many museums to visit, and of course the beautiful Japanese Garden.
Fontvieille:This part of Monaco was entirely reclaimed from the sea. In return, Monaco decided to make it the place to be for high-tech industry and non-polluting companies. On its Sculpture Path, many monumental arts can be found. Fontvieille is also the place to be for the Exhibition of HSH The Prince of Monaco’s Vintage Car Collection, the Museum of Stamps and Coins, and the Louis II Football Stadium. Definitely worth doing is taking a ride on a helicopter to get an overview of the whole of Monaco.
La Condamine:The second oldest part of Monaco, is the home of its business district. Every morning, you can visit the local market. Via the "Rampe Major", a 16th century staircase, you can walk to the old town Le Rocher. The Parc Princesse Antoinette harbours the hundred year old olive trees, a miniature golf course and many facilities for children. At the France-Monaco border, the Exotic Garden contains over 7,000 varieties of plants from Africa and Latin America. The Formula One Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco, which is driven on the streets, starts and finishes in La Condamine.
The South of France has a lot of airports, but not all of them have international flights. The biggest ones are: Toulouse Blagnac Airport, Marseille Provence Airport and Nice Côte d'Azur Airport. Most major European and intercontinental airlines have a connection with at least one of these airports. A direct flight from London (all airports) is possible to all three airports and lasts about 2 hours.
Monaco does not have its own airport, the closest one is Nice Côte-d’Azur in France, which has flights to more than 100 destinations. In Fontvieille, you will find Monaco’s heliport. There are only flights to and from Nice.
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|New Flight Routes|
|Food Tasting/Cooking Experience (in Hotel/Venue)|
|Food Tasting Walking Tour|
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|City Walking Tour|
|Beach Water Sports|
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