There is so much to see, to partake in and to explore in the South of France that whether you’re staying a long weekend or you’re there for a fortnight, you might find yourself completely out of breath by the end of your holiday. You’re likely to find that you have little time to rest when it comes to fitting in all the wonderful tourist attractions that the South of France has to offer.
The stunning locations that have seen the South of France achieve such a desirable reputation include Provence, Corsica, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrenees and Aquitaine, so you’re spoilt for choice when choosing an area to explore first. The key to surviving such a trip with such endless promise and potential is to get an ideal amount of rest before venturing out the following day. Here’s a selection of some of the ideal tourist attractions to make the most of on your next holiday in the South of France.
The Markets and Castle of Carcassonne
Carcassonne Castle is regarded as one of the most impressive fortresses in Europe. The French architect Viollet-de-Duc restored the castle to its former glory after it was threatened by demolition prospects. In recent years, tourists have scrambled to make the most of a medieval day out at the splendid location and this led to local authorities embracing the medieval atmosphere.
They introduced market stalls, traditional entertainment and other fascinating aspects of the traditional medieval society in Carcassonne.
The day itself proves to be an excellent opportunity to learn more about France’s historical background whilst taking in the remarkable surroundings at the same time.
The Cave Paintings of Font de Gaume
Font de Gaume is a prehistoric cave that hosts a selection of some of the oldest cave paintings to be discovered. The paintings in Font de Gaume were first discovered by a wandering school teacher in 1901 that happened to stumble upon them as he explored the cave. Since their discovery, the cave paintings have gained major tourist appreciation and the cave has become a worldwide tourist destination.
Its road to acclaim has seen countless tourists make visiting the cave a priority upon their visit to the South of France. The locals hold Font de Gaume in incredibly high regard and believe the paintings have significant spiritual value. If you want to explore the caves yourself, you should book well in advance as the demand to visit the prehistoric landmark is extremely high.
Physical Activities for all the Family
Accrobranche is the ideal tourist attraction for families or parents with children aged 7 and over. The perfect family day out that makes the most of vast woodland area to host enjoyable outdoor activities; Accrobranche is the perfect choice for kids and parents alike.
If you feel you’ve still got what it takes to embrace the demands of physical activities such as abseiling or tree-climbing, Accrobranche can be a thoroughly enjoyable day out. Anyone can join in the activities and your admission fee pays for several hours of great fun. So if you have children who would rather take part in physical activities than take in the beautiful sights of the South of France, Accrobranche could be the ideal tourist destination for you.
The South of France is also home to a number of beautiful gold courses, ranging from the coastal courses to stunning courses right in heart of the Pyrenees, so whether you’re an avid golfer or a keen beginner, the wide diversity of courses is sure to give everyone something that they can try. Many people believe that much of what France has to offer is in Paris, in the Eiffel Tower and the city of love and Disneyland, but go a little further South and you’ll find a whole, almost untouched world just waiting to be explored.
With nature trails, beautiful biking and hiking paths and acres and acres of classical French countryside, take a few steps south of Calais for a few days and see exactly what it is about the South of France that you have been missing all these years. You might even find a lovely little chalet or a villa where you can set up camp for the rest of your holiday. Go on, give it a try!
Article provided by Mike James, an independent travel writer working alongside companies such as South France Holiday Villas, an agent with a portfolio of hand-selected holiday villas in the South of France – who were consulted over this piece.