Une Petite Tranche de Paradis

That’s just what the South of France is – ’a little slice of heaven’.

The Romans certainly thought so. And European aristocracy since. More recently, it’s become a favourite playground for the rich and famous.

And little wonder, when the South of France so easily combines gorgeous scenery, wonderful weather, elegance, glorious food, vineyards and rich history with incredible shopping and nightlife.

There are few certainties in life, but you can guarantee that the South of France will deliver untold delights, thereby making it one of the most sought-after destinations on the planet.

Indulge Yourself

The Côte d’Azur, French Riviera, call it what you will… the South of France has for centuries been the place to indulge yourself and be seen in.

Cannes, St Tropez, Monaco, Nice and Cap Ferrat have all become synonymous the world over with luxury, movie star glamour and, yes, glorious hedonism.

You know about Cannes and Monaco – probably St Tropez and Nice, too – but have you experienced the pleasures of ancient Antibes and its imposing medieval Fort Carré, magnificent marina and exclusive private beaches?

Or Grasse, home to Molinard, Fragonard and Galimard – three of the world’s most celebrated perfume houses?

How can you say you’ve lived until you’ve looked out across the sweeping bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer from high upon the hills?

Ambrosia And Nectar

The food of the gods. And one could just imagine the pleasure-seeking Olympians making the South of France their larder.

For all its lustrous history, art, literature, architecture, filmmaking and influential fashion, France is most celebrated for two things above all else: its unsurpassable food and wine.

The South of France is renowned for its bouillabaisse, cassoulet and, of course, the freshest seafood imaginable. Truffles, olives, strawberries, cherries, melon and saffron all grow in abundance here, especially in much-loved Provence.

Côteaux d’Aix produces suprême rosés, while Limoux is fiercely proud of its sparkling wine heritage.

Azure Waters And White Sandy Beaches

How can we talk about the Côte d’Azur or French Riviera without showcasing the magnificent beaches and seascapes that have so seduced artists, aristocracy and movie stars alike?

Matisse, Chagall and Picasso drew great inspiration from these waters. Hollywood royalty – Marlene Dietrich, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant and more – spent entire summer seasons lounging on the French Riviera’s unspoilt sandy beaches beneath the life-giving sun.

The Côte d’Azur provided the heavenly location for classic films that you just want to climb into and experience for yourself, from Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief to Sean Connery’s last James Bond film, Never Say Never Again.

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