Southern France is a very popular area in Europe mainly because of its wonderful warm weather that lets visitors or tourists engage in many outdoor activities regardless of the time of the year.
Southern France is composed of five regions. These are Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, Rhones-Alpes, Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrenees and Languedoc-Roussillon.
It is common among some people to refer to French Riviera or Cote d’Azur when talking about southern France. This is because the French Riviera is the most frequented place of tourists for that region.
The Mediterranean area or the south east area and the Atlantic coast or south west area, on the other hand, receive fewer visitors or tourists. But they have a very colorful culture since the area have people who blend Spanish lifestyle and French culture. This is particularly true in the Basque area, and they have local houses with a certain architectural style.
Nice, Toulouse, Marseille and Bordeaux are the main cities of South of France.
There are many activities that involve nature and adventure that can be done while in South of France given its warm weather.
The southern part of France boasts of well-preserved natural sights that include deep and forested hills, steep mountains, clear mountain lake, waterfalls, rivers and beautiful stretches of beaches.
A tourist can simply bask in the sun with the beautiful beaches or go see the natural resources that the area can offer.
But for those who would like to engage in some outdoor activities and are looking for more adventure, and then, they can have them as the area has many outdoor activities for tourists and residents.
Visitors can indulge in some white water sports like kayaking and canoeing especially along the Ardèche Gorges. Those who are looking for more extreme outdoor activities can also indulge in canyoning or hydrospeed. The Verdon Gorges is highly recommended as the venue for canyoning.
Tourists can also indulge in some aerial sports such as parachuting, parascending, ballooning and hand gliding in Southern France. These aerial sports allow visitors to see the grand view of the region from various angles.
Tourists who would like to do more cardio activities like cycling, quad biking, horse riding and mountain biking may also do so while visiting south France. These outdoor activities allow visitors to take their time in appreciating the natural resources of the area.
Southern France also boasts of beautiful and breathtaking mountains, and as such, tourists can also do some mountain adventures like potholing or rock climbing. And if it gets a bit colder, and then there are other activities that can replace rock climbing and potholing.
Southern France has beautiful Flora and Fauna, and that is why the area is a must visit place for nature lovers.
Visitors to the French Riviera will have a variety of activities to choose from. Tourists can just choose to lie on their backs at the beaches or indulge in more outdoor activities. The French Riviera allows people to engage in other outdoor sports like diving, fishing, sailing and windsurfing.
The area from St Tropez leading to the Porquerolles Island has several wrecks which is perfect for divers. The Atlantic coast or the Aquitaine is perfect for surfing and body boarding, too.
Visitors may want to participate in some of the activities in the area as well after days of outdoor activities. After all, the southern France people are popular for being party-men.
Tourists may want to experience the feria which is a local celebration that happens once a year. The feria has Spanish touches on it since bulls are released on the streets; there are corridas and bodegas or cellars with music playing or outdoor bars.
There are also other festivals that are spread across the calendar such as Festival d’Avignon or theater and dance festival, Festival International de Cannes or the cinema festival, Grand Prix de Monaco or F1.
Other festivals also include Comics festival or Festival d’Angouleme, music festival or Les déferlantes d’ Argelès-sur-Mer and Nice Jazz Festival, among others.