I have travelled to the South of France several times and each time gets better! My adventure always changes: from staying locally in Nice, using local transport and relying on tour buses to see places like Monaco
As i began to be more confident in travelling what i found most rewarding was hiring a car and seeing more than what was outlined on blogs & tripadvisor. It all depends on your interests and in the South of France I discovered a better love for the outdoors.If you want a city itinerary & to stay local in Nice this is not the post for you. If you want to hire a car and adventure please read on.
An adventure in France also included camping! Click here to jump ahead.
Below are my highlights from my different visits to the South of France – i have travelled with friends & my boyfriend.
2 hours from Nice airport
the adventure begins in Moustiers Sainte Marie
This photo was taken enroute to Moustiers Saint Marie a historical and beautiful village. This place has a lot to offer in terms of location it is like a fairytale. There is a gold star suspended between two cliffs & a waterfall in the village.
I have visited this place on most of trips as it is close to many villages and activities. What i loved about Moustiers Sainte Marie was the trail to the church at the top of the cliff and the trail was overlooking the village (the hotel & tourist information office will have this on a map – trainers are needed)
I highly recommend the following hotels
Le Relais de Moustiers:
This sits directly in the village & right next to a waterfall! This place is close to all restaurants & great place to stay if it is only for a single night.These hotels are a short walk away & good for extended stays
Hotel Le Colombier:
With an outdoor jacuzzi & panoramic views
The room has a little garden area
Good for days in to relax
Hotel Les Restanques De Moustiers:
a short walk away from the village & tranquil,
the rooms are large & beautifully set up. There is also a large outdoor pool.
“I’m the captain now”
Extremely close to the village is the Lac de Sainte-Croix a resevoir where you can hire a canoe, kayak, pedal boat or an electronic motor boat. No need to book in advance there are stalls are along the lake – just make sure you check the weather & set off early to beat any crowds
When driving from Moustiers Sainte Marie the signpost is called ‘Lac de Sainte Croix du Verdon’ . Previously I’ve hired a motorboat & pedal boat from ‘Base de l’Etoile’ and another time a kayak from ‘Verdon Canoe’
Lets move on from Moustiers Sainte Marie and travel further..
Valensole – driving here was a dream. The scent of lavender in the air could be smelt way before seeing the purple fields. The fields are only in bloom certain times in the year – This was taken in July