I'd appreciate some information about nice places to visit in Southern France. I'll be driving, so I don't mind going off the beaten track to some nice little know treasures. I'll be driving from Portugal, through Spain and Southern France and I intend to get to Northern Italy.
Thanks for your help,
Hi, havn't visisted these places my self but heard a lot of good things about them... in the provinces Provence and Côte d'Azur you have a lot of nice cities (Nice, Cannes, St Tropez) as well as vignobles and lavender fields. The 'Guide Routard' has some good books about the area. And, if you have a spare seat and pass Barcelona in end of may/beg of june - I wouldn't mind coming with you! /Maria
I spent a few weeks in South of France last summer. We stayed near Grasse, the 'perfume capital of the world'. Had great fun watching all the rich and glamorous in Cannes, beware, do not try and park by the harbour on a Friday night, traffic is a nightmare. The highlight of our trip was getting dressed up and going to Monaco, seeing the grand prix circuit (the boys in the group insisted) and then going to the grand casino and winning at the black jack table! If you hit the casino don't forget your passports or you won't be allowed in.
Can I be cheeky and add, where do you recommend I go in Portugal this summer? As I've been working in the wine industry I'd love to visit some of the port lodges, but any other suggestions would be appreciated.
Hey, thanks for the advice.
As for places to visit... Lisbon is a great town, sunny, lively, good food, you have history, you have some nice modern areas, the river, etc.
In Porto you can see the wine cellars, it's a beautiful place to visit too... you can travel from Porto through the river Douro and experience some wonderful scenery along the valley with vineyards hanging in terraces, it's a UNESCO protected landscape.
If you're in the mood to enjoy some nice beaches and sun, check the Algarve coast, or the equaly wonderful but not so crowded Alentejo Coast. In Alentejo you should also check Évora, very nice walled town with plenty of historical interest.
For natural beauty go to the mountains in Gerês (North, near the border with spain) and Serra da Estrela and it's surroundings.
Near Lisbon, you should visit the lovely town of Sintra, a great combination of natural beauty and wonderful historical buildings, and Cascais.
That's better than reading a guide book
Thanks for the tips and have a great trip
Aix-on-provence is really cool, some cool stuff to see there