Where to Go in the South of France
The South of France is vast, but Nice, Saint Tropez, and Provence are three distinct areas most people associate with the region. Here’s what you can expect in each place.
Nice is, well, nice. Like Los Angeles and Barcelona, Nice lets you mix city fun with beach life. The city, located about 25 miles from the border with Italy, has an Italian feel to it, with its colorful, slightly washed-out buildings, delicious pizza and gelato (go to Fenocchio!), and easy living. But it’s definitely French, as you’ll tell by the upscale luxury that permeates the greater region. In Nice, be sure to check out Vieux Nice, the old town. You can also easily access Cannes or cute hilltop towns like St. Paul de Vence or Èze. In fact, the hotel and restaurant Chateau Eza in Èze offers a beautiful cliffside setting and sophisticated food for lunch. From Nice, make your way further east to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat or Monaco, for some French Riviera glam.