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Éze Village

This small medieval village sits quietly on a crested hill just above sea level. It’s narrow cobblestone streets are covered in bougainvillea which makes it hard not to fall in love with the charm of this small village.

Its streets are not suitable for cars, making it only accessible by foot.  It is a great place to walk around and enjoy all the art galleries. Wander around the Jardin Botanique d’ Éze and enjoy their cacti and succulent collections.

Since it is higher up than most villages in the area. The views are stunning, seeing as far as Italy and Antibes.

Fun Fact: Walt Disney was known to spend a significant amount of time in this village.

How to get there:

Adventure: There is a lovely trail from sea level to the top of this village. It takes about 45 minutes – 1 hour depending on how to fit you are. Take the train to Eze de Sur, across the street from the train station you will see a sign for the trail up to the village.

Leisure: Rent a car and drive up to the village. It is about 30 minutes from Nice, there is a parking lot at the bottom of the village.

Best Village in the South of France

Luxury: If you are not on a budget and looking to spend the night the Chateau de Eze is worth checking out.

It is also a great place to come back for a drink and enjoy the spectacular views.

Menton City View, South of France

Menton

In this charming town, you will feel more like you are in Italy than in France. This is understandable since it is right on the border of Italy.

This seaside town much like most places in France has an old man’s feel to it and is known to have antique markets every weekend. Be sure to walk along the boardwalk and enjoy one of many restaurants along the rocky but beautiful blue watered Mediterranean beach.

There is also a casino if you want to try your luck with gambling. Just be sure to bring your passport if you want to gamble. They will not let you in unless they are able to scan it, doesn’t matter your age.

Citrus Festival Menton, South of France

Fun Fact: Every year they host a citrus festival with floats made out of citrus

How to get there:

Adventure: All along the South of France there are beautiful boardwalks along the seaside. One of my favorite activities was walking along these pathways. Monaco to Menton will take about 1.5 hours and there are not many places to stop in between so make sure to bring plenty of water.

Leisure: Take the train from anywhere in the South of France or Northern Italy. It is about a 30-minute train ride from Nice.

Saint Paul de Vence, South of France

Saint Paul De Vance

Saint Paul De Vance is not just another walled city in Europe, it is perfect for a relaxing romantic get-a-way. Located just a quick 30-minute drive from Nice, it is the ultimate escape from the crowded beach cities.

It offers many delicious restaurants to choose from and lots of art galleries and shops. Besides being an art lovers dream, it is also filled with tons of artisanal food shops. You should defiantly try the local olive oils, cheeses, and deli meats to are special to the region.

How to get there:

Adventure: If you don’t want to rent a car, the only way to get to Saint Paul De Vance is to take the bus from the train stations in Nice. Bus 94 leaves almost every hour from just outside the main train station in Nice.

Leisure: Rent a car and drive up to the village. It is about 30 minutes from Nice, there is plenty of parking and amazing Airbnb around the area.

Aix-En-Provence Village

Aix-En-Provence Water Fountain

Aix-En-Provence

Known to draw the younger crowds in with the active nightlife. Aix-En-Provence is not only a college town. It is the home of a thousand water fountains, pretty much everywhere you turn you will see one with young ambitious students sitting around smoking cigarettes and drinking beers in the sunshine.

Aix-En- Provence is also in the perfect location for wine enthusiasts. Take a wine tour and enjoy the organic rosés the Cote de Azur has to offer.

How to get there:

Adventure: Only an hour train ride from Marseille. Trains leave pretty frequently so you don’t have to worry about booking ahead of time.

Leisure: Rent a car and drive up to the village from Marseille. It is a quick 30 minute drive through the beautiful wine country.

Cassis Village in the South of France

Cassis Village

Around the corner from La Ciotat, Cassis is a beautiful little fishing village that is surrounded by beautiful but steep limestone cliffs. It is surrounded by mountains as well, it has a special charm to it that you don’t see in the rest of the South of France because you feel very secluded.

While you are here, sit by the port and enjoy a bottle of rosé of a bottle of special white wine that is made in the area. Enjoy some fresh oysters and just let the world pass by as you embrace the laid-back lifestyle of this small little town.

How to get there:

Adventure: You can take the train to Cassis, but from the train station to the port of the town, can be a bit of a trek. If you don’t want to rent a car you can always take a taxi from the train station for about 20 Euros, you can also try your luck with Uber, but it doesn’t always work in this area.

Leisure: It is best to Rent a car and drive. If you are coming from Marseille. It is a quick 30-minute drive.

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