Tourist guide to Southern France

Marseille beach Nouhailler/Flickr

Marseille beach ©Nouhailler/Flickr

Just like France generally, Southern France is a fantastic area, including numerous regions like the southern parts of Poitou-Charentes, Aquitaine, Corsica, Midi-Pyrénées, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the southern parts of Rhône-Alpes and Languedoc-Roussillon. Within these famous regions there are innumerable visitor attractions and cities to visit. The area also includes the famous French Riviera.

Whatever you would choose of the following tourist destinations, you will surely have an unforgettable experience. Are you interested in the best destinations in Southern France? In case you are, read this article below. It will serve as a tourist guide to Southern France and I hope it will help you find the destination you were dreaming of all your life.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Perhaps the top tourist destination in Southern France is the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Located in the south-eastern part of France, it is an extremely popular region due to its situation. There are numerous destinations in the region which are very popular for tourists, including Marseille, Nice, Cannes, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Toulon, Antibes and so on.

A large part of the world famous French Riviera lies on the surface of the region. The prefecture and also one of the top urban destinations of the region is Marseille. It is also the second largest city of the country, being home to numerous landmarks. Also attractive cities are Nice, Avignon, Cannes and Aix-en-Provence. Situated on the Mediterranean Coast, Nice attracts numerous tourists yearly. So does Cannes, famous for the Cannes Film Festival, not to mention Avignon with its historic jewels.

Marseille beach Nouhailler/Flickr

Marseille beach ©Nouhailler/Flickr


The island of Corsica is another popular tourist attraction belonging to France. Located in the Mediterranean Sea, the island is famous for its fine beaches and great visitor attractions.

The capital of the island is the commune of Ajaccio which is also considered to be the birthplace of Napoleon I. Located along the coastline, it has fine beaches and attracts numerous tourists yearly. Its port is connected to the mainland on regular basis. Besides, Corsica boasts in natural wonders, too, including the Scandola Nature Reserve.  

Corsica j_bary/Flickr

Corsica ©j_bary/Flickr


The region also boasts in fantastic tourist destinations. The fantastic Pyrénées Mountains form the southern border of the region and are very attractive for nature-lovers.

Toulouse, the capital city of Midi-Pyrénées is another great destination. It is a fascinating city, including innumerable visitor attractions like the Capitole de Toulouse, Hôtel d’Assézat, the Pont Neuf, the Jardin des Plantes, Saint-Sernin Basilica, other churches and museums. Besides, Lourdes and Tarbes are other great urban destinations of the region.


The region of Languedoc-Roussillon is another great area to visit. Some of the best destinations of the region are Carcassonne, Nîmes, Montpellier and others. Famous for its large medieval fortress, Carcassonne is a popular tourist destination. So is Nîmes with its Roman amphitheatre and other sights. Last, but not least attractive is Montpellier with its innumerable sights like its cathedral or the Place de la Comédie.

Carcassonne hsivonen/Flickr

Carcassonne ©hsivonen/Flickr

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