Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur: the Mediterranean at its best
The region is divided into Provence, with its fields of aromatic lavender, the Alps with their imposing peaks, Camargue with its unique biodiversity, and the French Riviera with its charming ports and seafront restaurants. This diversity makes the region one of the most visited in France.
In this extensive region, you'll find well-known cities such as Marseille, Nice, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, and Arles. Cultural centres brimming with historic sites, from grand churches and museums to castles and bustling squares, invite visitors to immerse themselves in an elegant lifestyle, with luxurious boutique hotels offering refined gastronomic experiences.
The French Riviera, also known as the "Côte d'Azur," is a coastline bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, supposedly starting in the city of Hyères, southeast of Marseille, and extending to Menton, near the Italian border. This stretch includes iconic places like Nice, Cannes, and Monaco, enticing with golden sandy beaches and hidden coves. Finding charming accommodations directly on the beach on the French Riviera is challenging, as these are mostly super luxury hotels on the Côte d’Azur. But there are several small boutique hotels and holiday homes on the French Riviera a few kilometres from the coast that are more affordable. It's an expensive area, but where price and quality go hand in hand.
Provence is where you relax, strolling through its extensive fields of olive groves, vineyards, and lavender, dotted with villages where good food is always accompanied by cheese, baguette, and good regional wine. The area is tranquil and very romantic, with small B&Bs in Provence or guesthouses in the countryside or small villages. There are also holiday homes and villas in Provence for rent with a decoration that evokes the French countryside, with light colours and traditional rustic furniture in an elegantly classic style.
The Camargue Regional Natural Park is located near the city of Arles and extends along the mouth of the Rhône River into the Mediterranean Sea. Although geographically associated with Provence, the Camargue has natural and cultural features that distinguish it as a unique region with an astonishing natural environment: salt marshes, dunes, lagoons, and meadows with biodiversity that includes the iconic white horses of the Camargue, bulls, and flamingos. The region is popular for bird watching and enjoying nature. You can see our list of charming accommodations in Camargue.
In contrast, the Alpes de Haute-Provence and Alpes-Maritimes offer magnificent mountain landscapes, with majestic peaks, high-altitude lakes, green valleys, and famous ski resorts. The Verdon Regional Natural Park, with its dazzling canyons, is a beautiful place with trails that offer panoramic views of the gorges and the Sainte-Croix reservoir. See our selection of charming accommodations in the Alps.
Occitanie – Languedoc - Roussillon and Midi Pyrenees: the sunny side of life
Nestled against the backdrop of the imposing Pyrenees and caressed by the waters of the Mediterranean, Occitanie, consisting of the former regions of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées is a destination with an enormous diversity of landscapes and historic jewels. Its inhabitants like to take the time to enjoy life and are proud to share the products of the excellent regional gastronomy, which includes the famous foie gras.
Languedoc-Roussillon, in the heart of the South of France, bur with beauty. Enclosed with the natural obstacles of the Pyrenees, the Rhône, and the Cévennes, it emerges as an amphitheater with the sea as its stage, bathed in a generous sunlit glow. It shelters the awe-inspiring Gorges du Tarn in the Lozère department, where dramatic limestone cliffs, crystalline rivers, and verdant forests converge. The Gard department holds the Camargue, an enchanting scenery of marshes, lagoons, dunes, and beaches, celebrated for its protected flora and fauna. Cap d’Agde, meanwhile, lures with its powdery beaches, secluded coves, and a medley of water escapades. Moreover, Languedoc-Roussillon wears the crown as France's largest wine-producing region, inviting connoisseurs to embark on a sensory journey through its varied local vintages. No better place to discover this region than one of our charming country hotels and B&B in Languedoc-Roussillon or a boutique hotel in historic cities such as Montpellier, Carcassonne or Arles.
Away from the ocean, the Midi-Pyrénées, with its intricate blend of landscapes, traditions, and terroirs, finds its cradle between the Massif Central and the Pyrenean mountains. Characterized by expansive natural realms and rivers that meander in intriguing patterns, this region passionately embraces ecotourism. The enchanting Canal du Midi stands as a monumental ode to local heritage, while the Pyrenees National Park, teeming with unparalleled biodiversity, is a sanctuary for nature devotees. The tranquil valleys of the Garonne and Lot cast a serene spell with their rolling hills, vine-clad expanses, fields, and rivers. Historical gems like Toulouse and Albi lie embedded here. The Pyrenean mountains invite with natural parks, lush valleys, glacial lakes, and cascading waterfalls, presenting a playground for mountaineering enthusiasts, beckoning with opportunities for hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and paragliding. Beautiful and authentic guest houses (maisons d’hôtes), boutique hotels and holiday homes await you to discover the regions natural wonders.
New Aquitaine – Aquitaine, Poitou-Charentes et le Limousin: between vines and the ocean
With its resplendent Atlantic coast, the verdant expanse of the Landes forest, the imposing Pyrenees, and the tranquil Dordogne valley, Aquitaine emerges as a captivating blend of natural wonders and coastal allure. The region is celebrated for its Bordeaux vineyards that paint the hillsides. Travelers are equally enchanted by the sprawling Atlantic beaches, such as the dune-kissed shores of Arcachon Basin, as they are by the rich culture of the Basque Country and its deep-rooted traditions.
History and heritage interweave in Aquitaine, with cities like Bordeaux, Biarritz, Bayonne, Pau, and Sarlat narrating tales of times gone by, and globally renowned prehistoric sites like the Lascaux caves adding mystique. Gastronomy thrives here, where land meets sea to conjure up dishes both delectable and authentic. Bordeaux, a vinous sanctuary, beckons enthusiasts to wander amidst its elegant architectural marvels and centuries-old vineyards that have transformed winemaking into an art.
The Atlantic coast is undeniably one of Aquitaine's crown jewels, boasting pristine sandy beaches, towering dunes, and iconic surf spots. The hinterlands, with the majestic Pyrenees and the bucolic valleys of Dordogne and Garonne, showcase picturesque villages and breathtaking landscapes. Stay in our handpicked boutique hotels and guesthouses in Bordeaux, Biarritz or Bayonne.
In the north, Poitou-Charentes unfurls a diverse landscape, from the expansive salt marshes of the Atlantic coast to the lush hills of Haut-Poitou. The salt marshes of Île de Ré and Île d’Oléron, easily accessible and boasting stunning beaches, quaint villages, and bustling fishing ports, stand testament to nature's craft. Nestled in the verdant hills of Haut-Poitou are renowned vineyards, medieval castles, and scenic hamlets, promising an ever-changing yet consistently mesmerizing landscape.
Meanwhile, Limousin, an often-overlooked area nestled in the heart of France between the Loire Valley and the Massif Central mountains, is a repository of cultural heritage, history, and untouched beauty. It is also famous for its Limousin cattle.
As you journey through, opt for a stay in one of our handpicked country hotels, B&B and boutique hotels in Aquitaine to experience the epitome of regional luxury.
With its resplendent Atlantic coast, the vast expanse of the Landes forest, the imposing Pyrenees, and the tranquil Dordogne valley, Aquitaine emerges as a region where eating, drinking, and living well are synonymous. The region is famous for its characteristic Bordeaux wine, and its rather traditional people take pride in identifying as "Bordelais" rather than French. There are also beautiful beaches bathed by the Atlantic waters, such as Arcachon, Île de Ré, or the well-known Biarritz.
Périgord is now part of New Aquitaine and is known for its rich culinary tradition, including specialties like foie gras, truffles, mushrooms, and duck-based dishes. Additionally, the region boasts an abundance of castles, prehistoric caves, and charming villages that attract visitors interested in history and culture.
Corsica: the authentic island
This realm was the birthplace of Napoleon, where mountains caress the sky. Corsica has everything to be a paradise, but above all, it is an island of profound contrasts, where millennia-old traditions intertwine with raw and untamed nature. Its tumultuous history has indelibly shaped the Corsican spirit. Mountainous and rugged, with narrow roads and steep declines, dotted with perched villages and views that will take your breath away at every turn. This landscape and the island's history define the Corsican character: they are straightforward, somewhat rugged, and sparing with words with those who visit the island; skill is needed to earn a smile, but if you manage to enter their hearts, the scene changes, and they become people of extreme kindness. We invite you to discover the island by staying in the best areas, from small mountain hotels to luxurious 5-star accommodations on the coast in Corsica.
As you navigate this captivating island, consider a stay in a country side B&B or one of our selected boutique hotels and luxury hotels in Corsica.