South of France

Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in the south of france, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

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CroisiEurope’s Charming Provence river cruise

Michael Edwards takes a cruise through Provence on a luxurious hotel barge.

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Hotel Martinez, Cannes 

Cannes’ film festival is made of dreams, but have you ever wondered where do film stars go to get their beauty sleep? That will be at the Hotel Martinez on the famed Croisette.

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The Roman glory of Nîmes

The Occitanie region in the South of France is full of archaeological wonders and holds the secret of denim. Beverley Watts visits the area around Nîmes and is transported back through time

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Star Clippers Cruise, Cannes to Rome

This is the Royal Clipper, the largest five masted fully rigged sailing ship in the world on its Mediterranean cruise, from France to Italy.

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Chateau de Mercues, Cahors

Cahors gave the world Malbec – and Chateau de Mercues, which makes some of the best, has added food worthy of the rarefied appellation, not to mention “grand confort” in which to sleep off a multi-course dinner slaked with many vintages.

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Montpellier. Modern metropolis with a mediaeval heart 

Anthea Gerrie reports on Montpellier, a vastly under-visited city in southern France. It’s a modern city but with a mediaeval beating heart.

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