The Golden South Coast of France

Nice

For British holiday makers looking for a taste of sunshine and warmer temperatures, one of the nearest and most popular destinations for a considerable amount of time has been the south coast of France. Here, the long summer days can stretch as far as October, making this a popular destination for both active families and couples seeking a sense of peace of quiet.

One of the best ways to see everything the south coast of France has to offer is to embark on a Mediterranean cruise. Pullmantur can take you to a variety of sun-filled destinations throughout Europe, whilst you take advantage of the all-inclusive nature on board. This week, we take a look at some of the most popular golden beach destinations along the south coast of France.


Marseille

Marseille

Marseille is second most populated city of France and is also the largest Mediterranean port of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region. There are a number of stunning golden beaches in Marseille that are ideal for a spot of relaxation in the sun. If you’d like to venture around the harbour or the city, you’ll find no shortage of sightseeing opportunities.



The Notre Dame de la Garde is a huge church that overlooks the city and, additionally, climbing up to the church will provide a fantastic panoramic view of the city. If you’re around in the city during the evening, a visit to the Vieux Port (old harbour) is an absolute must. Here, you’ll be able to watch fisherman selling their stock by auction – which makes for a spectacular show.


Cannes

Cannes

Once a small and relatively unknown village, Cannes is now considered to be the number one social hub of Europe. Many will know Cannes for its famous film festival, which allows fans to see their favourite actors, celebrities and directors up close. However, tourists are generally less familiar with the charming architecture this city has to offer.


The old town offers a network of narrow winding streets filled with shops and restaurants. Castle ruins sit at the very top of the old town and provide a tranquil and beautiful view. If you love exploring food and drink, you’ll find a spectacular viewing and tasting experience at the Marche’ Forville. Of course, if you want to do nothing at all – there are no shortage of fantastic beaches here that can provide for a perfect spot of relaxation in the sun.


Nice

Villefranche (Nice)

Nice has an extensive, if somewhat bizarre history. Having been part of the Italian Duchy of Saviola and then part of the kingdom of Sardinia – it was ceded to France, against the population’s will, in 1860 following a rigged ballot. In terms of history, the city does have a castle – albeit, just ruins and crumbling walls – but a 90 metre climb to the top via a staircase will provide spectacular views. The city is also renowned for its museums, which provide insight into aspects such as Asian art.

Beaches are in abundance here, as you would expect, but there also walks that can provide spectacular landscapes. From old derelict fort, you will gain fantastic views over the city and out to the mountains – as well as Sir Elton John’s villa.


However you decide to enjoy your time along the southern coast of France, you’ll be able to do it all with a Pullmantur cruise. Our range of itineraries can take you to popular tourist destinations and locations considered to be off the beaten track. The all-inclusive nature on board means you never have to worry about saving money for gratuities, port charges, meals or drinks. Just relax, and let the world go by!

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