Aix en Provence
Aix en Provence is a quaint university city that steps you back in time and slows you down in pace. As a top place to visit in France life is all about good wine (largely of the rosé kind), good food, beautiful impressionist and renaissance art and majestic mountain walks here.
Set in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southern France Aix en Provence is shouldered by the radiant white limestone Sainte-Victoire mountain. The mountain ranges’ grand presence on the vista connects you with your natural surroundings wherever you are in Aix and a hike up to the ancient monastery with views out over turquoise rivers, lavender fields and rolling meadows makes this spot one of the best places to visit in France.
Tucked between grand cliffs of brilliant orange that contrast against the deep blue Mediterranean waters, Cassis is a visual feast to be devoured. The beach invites sunbathers and swimmers to relax for hours on end, the surrounding coves offer exploration for the adventurer and the local catch of the day leaves seafood lovers well pleased.
With paved narrow streets, cute geranium clad balconies and a general sense of ‘village life’ Cassis is the perfect place to while away a holiday in Cote d’Azur. As a top tip, try to book an apartment a few streets back from the port and don’t be shy to jump aboard a boat for a tour of the surrounding bays, each is more stunning than the last.
As the capital city of Burgundy Dijon is serious about a few things, namely wine, cheese and of course dijon mustard. If you’re looking for an experience of true French gastronomy when researching places in France to visit then Dijon is set to please.
Definitely get yourself on a wine tour when visiting Dijon, their range of white and red pinots are admired across the globe. The markets also offer an abundance of delicious local produce to sample, along with a truly authentic French experience. The best produce market in Dijon is Les Halles, where fresh flowers, food and Dijon mustard can be found aplenty.