I lived in the south near Nice for several years. The train &/or road runs along the coast to Italy (via Monaco) so lots of lovely villages to stop off at. The beaches from Nice to Italy tend to be shingle so best go in the opposite direction if its beaches you are after. Sandy beaches start around Antibes but tend to be less crowded around St Raphael / St Maxime. Inland from Nice, St Paul de Vence is a picturesque little village, although quite touristy, worth a visit. Grasse is famous for perfume making. Really depends on what you are looking for! almost 8 years agoAnswered by Sarah M via WorldNomads.com
I used to go to France every year, once, twice and sometimes three times, as I have family over there. To be fair, most of my holidays were spent lounging and staying at my grandparents house, enjoying the countryside I suppose. But if it's still about, I'd definitely recommend a restaurant called l'Albatross, it's on the coast in La Rochelle (north-ish west France), I remember having some delicious seafood there - if you're up for something different and haven't tried snails before, try them there!
If you can take a trip down the Marais river by boat one day too, I'd say do that for a day. I forget exactly where I used to go there (I'm assume its north westerly though) but it's incredibly beautiful - at least in all the bits I've experienced of it.
If you're into historical buildings, Le Chateau De Castlenaud is fab and the surrounding towns are pleasant too. I guess it depends on what kinds of things you like to see over there! almost 8 years ago