The South of France. Perhaps the most popular destination that France has to offer. Not surprising, with its delightful weather, diverse scenery, fantastic food and an abundance of sights and activities. We have selected several wonderful regions for you, each with their own distinctive characteristics and specialities. Vacansoleil has several top class campsites in every region, providing you with the ideal base to explore the surrounding area and all the high class facilities you need to make sure the entire family has the time of their lives.
The Mediterranean coastline of Languedoc-Roussillon is over 240 km long and stretches from the Côte Vermeille in the east, to Camargue in the west. It offers a wide variety of things to do and see. You can combine a visit to the medieval town of Carcassonne with a lazy day at the beach or a wine tasting trip to one of the many excellent vineyards in the area.
Nowadays the Dordogne region is one of the most popular holiday destinations in France. It’s an area where there is so much to see and do. Take a trip back in time with a visit to one of its many attractive and historically rich cities and castles. Paddle your own canoe across the Dordogne, Lot and Vézère and indulge yourself with the delicious food on offer. Don’t forget to visit the breathtakingly impressive caves in Lascaux.
Many holidaymakers are drawn to the Côte d'Azur thanks to the promise of luxury and perfect weather. Another big attraction is that there is wealth of amazing nature just a stone’s throw away from the fashionable seaside resorts. Kids can have endless amounts of fun at Fréjus zoo or at one of the many water parks in the region. For a truly special experience take a ride over the Col de Vence.
Provence conjures up images of aromatic lavender fields and a great versatility of scenery. Of both barren mountain ranges, as well as wood covered hills.The well- known city of Aix-en-Provence sits on top of a mountain and is definitely a must see. If the countryside in Provence is beautiful, then the coastline is truly spectacular, with its towering cliffs and crystal clear water.
This extraordinary area borders Spain and is a paradise for the active holidaymaker. Cycling, rafting, hiking and canyoning are just a few of the sports you can try your hand at in the region. Every summer the famous Tour de France cycling race passes through the Pyrenees with its gruelling mountain stages. Cheer your favourite rider over the finish line, or if he is lagging far behind light a candle for him at the Lourdes pilgrimage site. Looking to unwind and take things easy? Then let the stunning mountain surroundings enchant you with their beauty and enjoy a delightful picnic and the healthy mountain air.
One of the highlights of the Ardèche is the amazing Gorges de l'Ardèche. This impressive canyon has been carved out by the river which flows past the 34m high natural bridge of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc down to Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche. This area is an adventurer’s dream and you can spend endless hours kayaking, hiking, swimming or exploring the numerous caves. If you prefer a more tranquil way to past the time, then visit some of the picturesque villages that scatter the region.
This is a beautiful, rustic, lush green region, full of lavender fields and olive groves. The weather here is delightful all year round. Those with a sweet tooth should definitely visit Montélimar, where they make the finest nougat in France and you can learn all about the history of this tasty candy in the nougat museum. There’s also plenty of fun things for the kids to do, such as a walk through the bewitched forest near Hostun, the very entertaining parrot show in Eurre and the Animodou park in Saint-Donat, which is the perfect place for young kids (2-8) to have a great time on swings, slides and rides.
This region has some of the most stunningly beautiful scenery in the whole of France. Filled with lakes, mountains, protected volcanoes (in the south west) and a vast forest of oaks. Its capital Clermont-Ferrand is known worldwide for its impressive cathedral built from black lava stone. In need of some extra recuperation and relaxation? Then visit the spa town of Vichy and feel reborn after a well-earned dip in one of its thermal baths.
You can’t help but fall in love with Gironde, with its broad beautiful beaches that stretch out along the coastline of the wild Atlantic ocean. Huge breakers make it a favourite with surfers and windsurfers and you can hire surfboards and sailing boats in most places by the sea. More of a wine lover? Then Gironde will really spoil you with a large diversity of cosy outdoor bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a fantastic glass of Bordeaux.
If you are a surfing fanatic, then look no further than Les Landes. Huge waves, long sandy beaches, great weather and fashionable resorts such as Biarritz make this your place to be. Those looking for more tranquil waters can head a little further inland to explore the historical fortress towns of Saint Justin and Labastide d'Armagnac or pay a visit to the ancient Roman spas in Dax.
Looking for peace and quiet and a holiday in the most relaxing of settings? Then Lot is a must for you. Long nature walks, a gentle paddle up the Lot and long lazy lunches are all part of the daily routine here. Feel like a little excitement? Then go on a thrilling forest safari or hire a quad to explore the area yourself. There’s also plenty of culture on offer in the capital Cahors, host to some splendid ancient architecture, including the imposing 14th century bridge the Pont Valentré. A must see during your visit to Lot are the popular caves, the Grottes de Lacave.
Lot-et-Garonne is a sparsely populated, lush green region that lies between the cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse and was named after the two main rivers that flow through the area, the Lot and the Garonne. A holiday here will feel like a trip back in time, as a large number of centuries old castles, churches and houses are scattered all around Lot-et-Garonne. There are some delightful towns and villages you can visit, such as Agen, where you can shop ‘til you drop and then enjoy some fantastic food in one of its many excellent restaurants.
This beautiful, rustic region is the perfect place for a biking or hiking holiday. An oasis of relaxation, with the Pyrenees as backdrop. The area is also rich with prehistoric remnants, such as the stunning murals in the cave of Niaux, which are said to be over 12.000 years old. During your stay in Ariège you should most definitely pay a visit to its capital Foix. The town’s beautiful squares are full of bustling terraces, restaurants and great little shops. The old corn market is also well worth seeing.
The Pyrénées-Atlantiques is a truly beautiful part of France, right in the heart of the Basque country and borders on Spain. It’s home to Biarritz, a fashionable beach town popular with surfers, Bayonne, home to France’s oldest bullring and the capital of the region Pau. This historical town lies at the foot of the Pyrenees and is well known to cycling enthusiasts, as it has hosted stages in the famous Tour de France cycling race. Stroll along the 'Boulevard Des Pyrénées' and treat yourself to the most stunning view you will ever see of the Pyrenees. Then relax at one of its charming park side cafés and watch the sun set on another perfect day.