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Guide to South of France
France’s sunshine playground includes most of the Mediterranean coast and oozes culture and history. In the west, Languedoc Roussillon is bordered by the Pyrenees, Andorra and Spain. To the east, Provence- Cote d’Azur stretches along the coast from the Italian border at Menton to just the other side of Marseilles, then north to the Haute-Alpes.
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South of France and the Riviera
The gorgeous south of France includes the region of Languedoc Roussillon and the area of Provence and The Cote d'Azur with the world famous French Riviera.
- Relaxed pace of life and dry, sunny climate with Mediterranean beaches, quaint coastal towns and ports, all with a Catalonian influence.
- Gallo Roman history and monuments, Greek ruins, medieval castles and ancient villages. Picturesque towns and cities include Montpellier, Perpignan, Nîmes, Carcassonne.
- Rugged mountains and plateaus; farmland and vineyards comprising the largest wine producing area of Europe.
- Mediterranean cuisine with generous use of herbs, garlic and olive oil in dishes like cassoulet and barbecued thyme-grazed lamb.
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Provence- Côte d'Azur
- Special charms of Provence are its sensuous pleasures - warm climate, clear light, and Mediterranean food and wine tasting of sunshine.
- Landscape varies from the Alps to stunning beaches, from vineyards to fields of flowers for perfume. The Camargue is a unique wetland area with wild bulls and horses.
- See quaint hilltop cities and lively, fashionable towns; medieval fortresses and Roman ruins.
- Made famous by painters, strong cultural and artistic traditions survive with art galleries, music festivals and much more.
- Walking, riding, fishing, cycling; excellent skiing and winter sports at famous destinations.
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Getting to South of France and the Riviera
Travelling to Languedoc Roussillon
Toulouse international airport in the adjacent Midi Pyrenees region has flights from many parts of the UK and Europe. There are also airports at Carcassone, Montpellier, Nimes and Perpignan. The drive from Calais to Montpellier takes around 12.5 hours. The TGV service from Paris serves Perpignan, Nimes and Montpellier. There is also a summer service from London to Avignon.
Travelling to Provence & Cote d'Azur
Fly direct to Marseilles and Nice. Driving from Calais to Marseilles will take about 9.5 hours. Nice will take about 11 hours. Roads along the Cote d'Azur do become very busy in the summer months. High speed TGV trains take about 3 hours from Paris to Marseilles and also serve Toulon, Cannes and Nice.