South of France in August

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1. Posted by LakeHouse (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey all,

Going to south France this coming August. I have never been there before and my partner and I are planning on staying somewhere in the Nice area. We would Love to know what it's like during that time of year, and if there are towns or villages in that area that are more on the relaxed side to visit. We would of course love to be near the ocean. If anyone has any input or advice that would be sweet awesome!

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2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

It's going to be very hot and very, very busy. Much of France goes on holiday in August--often to the beaches in the south.

I've never been to Nice, but Aix en Provence is nice, as well as the Calanques around Marseille, plus the Iles de Frioule (accessible via Marseille port) are also quite lovely. I wouldn't recommend Marseille itself--it's kind of dirty and there's better places to see. A friend of mine also flew into Nice and drove into northern Italy from there. Might be an option, too.

Bring sunscreen and enjoy!

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Yep, top weather but with that comes the crowds.

For a visit to a relaxed town, try St Paul De Vence. It's an old fortified, car-free town just out of Nice.

4. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Nice is awesome minus the pebbles and crowds that may come in summer. It's still a great base for Monaco, Cannes, etc as they are a short train trip away.

Although not by the ocean, Avignon is also a nice little place surrounded by a very old fort, but you prob couldn't stay there for more than 2 nights.

You could consider visiting Biarritz which is on the west coast, but still in the south of France. San Sebastian (in Spain but very close by) as well might be a base for Biarritz as there doesn't seem to be much accomodation there. These places I'm yet to go to (going to in a few days) although I've heard from word of mouth that the beaches in both places are very good.

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Yes, definitely check out Avignon, also Orange, and the surrounding countryside/vineyards.

6. Posted by stehsegler (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

no, this is all lame.

you have to hit Biarritz and Hossegor at south west coast.

Goooood Party, nice People, and nice landscape-

gonna be there fpr 2 month this summer!!!!!!!