Nice, the unofficial capital of the French Riviera, is undeniably French. From the top of Castle Hill to the Art Deco architecture by the sea, this beachfront city is the veritable definition of South of France-style glamour. But did you know that Nice’s British influence still reigns over the city?
The Château d’If may indeed look like a castle, but it never housed royalty like its sisters in the Loire Valley. Instead, King Francis I commissioned the building of the château in order to defend the city of Marseille in the early 16th century. It actually never saw battle, and later became a prison.
Much like Paris, the city of Lyon is divided into numbered arrondissements, or districts. But where Parisian arrondissements unfurl from the city center in a conch shape, there is no such order in Lyon! However, once you know the best districts in Lyon to stay and play in, you’ll feel just like a local.
If there’s one sure thing in the South of France, it’s that there’s always something happening. And with its dedication to the nurturing of the arts, that goes doubles when it comes to events in Aix-en-Provence. Here are the highlights of the average yearly calendar.
With fair weather all year round and plenty of natural beauty at every turn, walking and hiking from Nice is a favorite pastime of locals and visitors alike. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular trails and routes so you can plan your next outdoor adventure!
People will often say they want to visit the “South of France,” but guess what? The South of France is a big place, with a lot of choices for all kinds of vacation-goers. How do you narrow it down? Well, here’s a start – these are three must-visit places in the South of France!
While Avignon itself is full of history and culture, there is also plenty for lovers of the outdoors as well. There are many walking and hiking trails Near Avignon thanks to France’s excellent Grande Randonnée (GR) network of paths, and they’re well noted and organized for every level of ability. Here are a few of our favorites.
With so much to see and do in Marseille, visitors can be forgiven for thinking that it’s going to be a “big city” trip. And to a certain extent, that’s true. But you can’t get a true sense of how the locals live in the second-largest city in France without a visit to the calanques of Marseille.
Anyone who has visited Italy will notice a definite Italian vibe in Nice mixed in with all that French. And, it’s no wonder there are Italian influences in Nice; it was a part of both countries in a seemingly unending struggle, only to become a part of France officially, and permanently, in 1860.