The south of France may be best known for its iconic jet set destinations such as Cannes, Antibes, Nice or Monaco but its also home to some of France’s best kept secrets. It’s stunning national parks of Les Calanques and Hyères islands (Porquerolles, Port-Cros, Levant). The former offers countless rocky inlets with turquoise water and rocky coves crested with wonderfully scented pine trees. The latter is a series of unspoilt islands with sandy coves and crystal clear water that are known for their innumerable species of birds as well as vast array of indigenous flora some of which can be found nowhere else on earth.
Things to do:
Start in Marseille - Marseille is France’s second biggest city and exudes character like no other city in France. It’s ancient port has long been the gateway to Europe from North Africa and has been shaped by more than 2,600 years of history starting with the Greeks who first founded the place to the Persians, Romans, Armenians, Vietnamese, Spanish and North Africans. From the towering notre dame de la garde cathedral, Marseille’s highest vantage point which offers stunning vistas of the city, to the chateau d’If, the fortress/prison made famous in Dumas’ epic novel the Count of Monte Cristo, Marseille truly offers unparalleled diversity in a magnificent setting. One of our favourite areas is the Panier district which is Marseille’s “old town” and is a delight to discover with its myriad of narrow streets rife with local shops and restaurants.
Nearest aiports: Marseille-Provence is a 20min bus ride from the city and marina in the Vieux Port.
Start browsing yachts and start building your dream holiday in the south of france
Highlights from the Marseille region:
Les Calanques ( natural bays)
Port de Cassis