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Activities, discoveries and other things to do and see in the South of France

Not sure what to do or see when you visit Southern France?

This page highlights some categories of possible activities and discoveries for you to enjoy when you vacation in the South of France. And if you’re part of a “France with Martine” vacation, with a real French guide to lead you, you’ll taste, smell and experience the area as the locals do while you uncover hidden treasures that lie beyond the typical tourist paths.

You are also invited to read also about the history of the regions of Provence, Languedoc, Camargue and Cevennes in Southern France that we’ve included in our site.

And be sure to check out what a typical week with Martine in Provence and Languedoc is like!

Art and music abound in southern France!

There are many prestigious festivals for music, dance, and theater during the summer in Uzès, Avignon, Arles, and Orange.

What you can discover…

Enjoy breathtaking natural beauty, sample local French specialties, shop at colorful farmer’s markets, sample local crafts, try your hand on French cooking, bike along the river, or hike in the mountains. You could swim in the villa’s pool, the river, or the Mediterranean Sea, explore Roman ruins, medieval castles, modern galleries, or star-gaze in the midnight sky!

  • Aquarium
  • Art galleries
  • Birds-of-prey: shows at various castles
  • Castles: from middle ages to today
  • Caves: spectacular testimony of pre-historical time
  • Cruise in the Camargue
  • Festivals, music, plays
  • La Bambouseraie: bamboo forest, famous and spectacular since 1855
  • Magnanerie: silk farms were a very important industry before synthetics.
  • Old villages
  • Perrier spring: well known “la source” all over the world
  • Steam train of the Cevennes: a wonderful way to discover the Cevennes
  • Village des Automates

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Famous crafts…

  • World-renowned Anduze pottery since the Roman times
  • Chemin des verriers: trail of the glass blowers’ studios
  • Carved olive wood
  • Colorful Provençal fabric
  • Many local food specialties: the famous goat cheese “le Pélardon”, a wide variety of wild crafted honey, lavender, chestnut, etc.
  • Olive oils and hand-crafted preserves
  • Santons de Provence: lovely clay figures, painted by hand, representing old traditions

Museums…

  • Bonbons: candies
  • Du Désert: how people used to live in Provence in the past
  • Faiences: porcelains
  • Jeux anciens: antique games
  • Mineralogy, paleontology
  • Mineraux: minerals
  • Des 4 saisons: 4 seasons, the life in Cevennes during the 4 seasons
  • Scribe: how writing and printing evolved
  • Soie: silk
  • Du train et du jouet: train and toys
  • Van Gogh

Outdoor activities & sports…

  • Archery
  • Canoe & kayak
  • Golf
  • Hiking – miles and miles of beautiful trails
  • Horseback riding
  • Swimming in our swimming pool, in the river Gardon nearby Anduze, or on the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, 1 hour away
  • Horse trails: rides on horse, mule, or donkey
  • Ping-pong
  • Rock climbing

 

Be sure to view our photo gallery to the right to really get a feel for a France with Martine vacation »

 

Canoeing at Pont du Gard

Sight seeing in southern France…

  • Aigues-Mortes: fortified city, still intact today
  • Arles, Nîmes, and their Roman arenas
  • Avignon: prestigious historical town, capital of the popes
  • Camargue natural park: on the Rhône river delta, with its wild bulls, horses, and pink flamingos, as well as its astonishing diversity, and its famous beaches at Saintes Maries de la Mer.
  • Castles of Tornac, De Portes, Uzès
  • Cevennes natural park: magnificent nature

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Les Saintes Maries de la Mer
  • Medieval cities and villages
  • Montpellier: cultural center for centuries
  • Pont du Gard: world famous Roman masterpiece built in 50 ad
  • Provence: a region legendary for its beauty, its Roman monuments, and its wild “garrigue”
  • Roussillon region: wine growing and cultural treasures
  • Uzès: oldest Duchy of France, its castle, cathedral, and famous “Place du Marché”
  • And much, much more…

Unique outdoor activities…

  • Gold search
  • Hot air balloon
  • Speleology: study of caves

Wine tasting in southern France…

  • Côtes du Rhône
  • Muscat
  • Pays d’oc
  • Many others…

Winery

Tasting tours…

  • Cheese
  • Bread
  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Chocolate

Classes and workshops…

  • Cooking classes
  • Essential oils workshops

Essential Oils – Cevennes

Come experience these wonders of southern France and let the child, the explorer, and the artist inside of you taste the French “Joie de vivre”  in a memorable, personalized, and affordable vacation in southern France with Martine. Learn more about this personalized southern France vacation. Or be adventurous and just …

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