Basic information about the South of France
The area in southern France includes all regions south of the 45th degree of latitude: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Rhône-Alpes, Occitania, Languedoc-Roussillon, Aquitaine, Pays Basque and the island of Corsica. Spain and Andorra are on the southern border, Italy on the eastern border. Most regions of southern France not only have pleasantly mild temperatures all year round, but also experience a particularly contrasting natural landscape and wonderful hiking routes. From the typical lavender fields, picturesque villages, idyllic bays, elegant bathing resorts on the azure blue sea and the wonderful vineyards – southern France is not only impressive in terms of landscape, but also in culinary terms you will find a true gourmet paradise. Perfect conditions for a successful hiking holiday in nature, far away from the crowds of tourists. With our diverse route guidance, we offer the right form of active exercise in the fresh air for all experience and energy levels.
A wonderfully mild climate, soothing rays of sunshine, mountains, sea and a pristine natural landscape – you will experience all this and much more on our hiking holiday Côte d'Azur, 8 days in southern France. In eight days and six daily stages, the journey takes you from Grasse via Vence to Menton. The varied hiking routes guarantee a lot of variety and can be mastered with a basic level of fitness. The starting point of your hiking holiday is the perfume capital Grasse and your first two daily stages lead you first to Pont du Loup and later to Courmes. The next day has something particularly worth seeing in store for you: in the morning you hike to the summit of the Courmettes, where a fantastic panorama over the Mediterranean awaits you. The following day the trail continues to the village of Saint-Jeannet and finally to the highest coastal village in Europe, Sainte-Agnès. Now the last stage of your hiking holiday is ahead: the wonderful hike to Menton, where you can have an enjoyable end to your holiday.
Mercantour National Park
Our mountain hiking holiday Mercantour National Park, 8 days on one of the most important salt routes in France, offers the perfect active experience for all mountain lovers. The daily stages are scheduled to last around six hours and the difference in altitude covered is between 600 and 1,000 metres. You start your mountain hiking holidays in Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende and explore the small villages on a circular hike in the midst of the idyllic mountain landscapes. The next two daily stages lead you first to Saorge and finally to the village of Breil-sur-Roya, which is built directly into a steep slope, spectacular! The following day the route guidance has a varied programme ready for you: on the way to Sospel you come to the small village of Piène Haute, picturesquely situated on the mountainside. On the following daily stages, you will approach the Mediterranean. You reach your final stage destination Menton via the coastal village of Sainte-Agnès. The ideal place on the Côte d’Azur for a successful end to your hiking holiday in the South of France.
Experience the beauty of the Provence on our walking holiday Picturesque Provence, 7 days. In five daily stages, the region in south-east France presents itself from its most colourful and diverse side. You start your hiking experience in Isle sur la Sorgue and hike to Gordes. The following day you will explore the Cistercian Abbey Abbaye Sénangue, built in 1148 and beautifully embedded in fragrant lavender gardens – a real highlight. The next day the route leads to Bonnieux, a small community in the Luberon. On the fifth day of your hiking holiday, you will go on the plateaus through truffle and oak plantations to your destination for the day, Buoux. On the sixth day, the last hike of your active holiday begins: a wonderful tour on the ridge of the Luberon with a wonderful view that extends as far as the Mediterranean in good weather. Our Eurohike team has organised a return transfer to Isle sur la Sourgue, where you can end your hiking holiday in a relaxed manner.
Collioure – Cadaquès
On our hiking holiday Collioure - Cadaquès, 7 days you walk over five daily stages accompanied by fantastic mountain and coastal panoramas from France to Spain. The starting point of your active holiday is Callioure on the Côte Vermeille. On the first day, the route takes you through the cork oak forests, Mediterranean scrub and vineyards to the charming seaside resort of Banyuls. The path leads you further over mountain ridges with impressive views on the second stage to Cerbère, located directly on the Spanish-French border. The next day we continue to Llançà in Spain. The following hiking stage has a particularly interesting highlight in store for you: the hike to the Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. Now the last day’s stage of your hiking holiday is already ahead – the route to the idyllic town of Cadaquès on the Costa Brava in Spain. An ideal place to end your hiking holiday in a relaxed manner.
- Tour note: This individual hiking holiday offers you full flexibility and the opportunity to choose between a coastal or mountain hike every day.
Our Eurohike moments in the South of France
- Fragrant France: Right at the beginning of your hiking holiday Côte d'Azur, 8 days you will experience the wonderful scent of France in the perfume capital of Grasse. A visit to the factory and museum of the perfume manufacturer Fragonard is particularly recommended.
- From the mountains to the sea: On our hiking holiday Mercantour National Park, 8 days you hike from the idyllic mountain landscapes to the beautiful Côte d’Azur. Enjoy the last steps of your hike as you wander through the picturesque Garavan Bay to the lively old town of Menton.
- Picturesque film set: On our walking holiday Picturesque Provence, 7 days you will immerse yourself in a picturesque film set as soon as you arrive at your first stage destination. As in a picture book, the small village of Gordes awaits you, which has served as the setting for many Provence films.
Facts and details
- Location: In the South of France, located south of the 45th degree of latitude
- Borders: South France borders Italy in the east, Spain and Andorra in the south. The northern border is mostly defined with the 45th degree of latitude.
- Regions: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Rhône-Alpes, Occitania, Languedoc-Roussillon, Aquitaine, Pays Basque and the island of Corsica
- Official language: French
- Highest mountain: Pic du Canigou at 2,786 metres and located in the Pyrenees
- Season: the best climate for hiking tours in southern France is from January/March to October/December, depending on the hiking tour booked and the region
- Special feature: The regions in southern France are characterised by a particularly diverse landscape: extensive sandy beaches, imposing cliffs, idyllic bays and dreamlike islands.
Climate in the South of France
The mild temperature in the South of France makes hiking holidays possible all year round. Around 300 days a year you will feel the soothing rays of the sun on your back and enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate. The steadiness of the weather is particularly advantageous, and you can look forward to the next hiking stage in good weather day after day. The spring months are characterised by very pleasant temperatures thanks to the influence of the high pressure from the more tropical regions. Even in summer you can enjoy stable and warm weather in southern France. Cooler air currents from the mountain regions provide the necessary cooling in summer. Autumn is also an ideal season for a successful break in the open air and the temperatures always reach a pleasant 20 degrees.
Cuisine in the South of France
The cuisine in the South of France is shaped by the influences of Catalan, Corsican, Basque and Provencal cuisine. In general, the culinary arts in France are based on the passing down and preservation of old traditions and culinary customs. A particularly well-known part of southern French cuisine are the herbs of Provence, which is composed of rosemary, thyme, oregano as well as marjoram and savory. A specialty that is just as strongly associate with the Mediterranean region is the olive tapenade made from green, black or Kalamata olives. A wonderful olive cream that is processed together with capers and anchovies to form a tasty, piquant paste that can be served as a spread or dip. One of the sweet specialties in southern France is the chickpea flatbread, socca, which is best enjoyed with the spices of Provence and fresh from the open oven. Likewise popular and Mediterranean-inspired dishes are, for example, salad niçoise, the ratatouille or the rich fish stew bouillabaisse. If you combine these wonderful specialties of the region with the particularly excellent wines from the South of France, a successful lunch or dinner is guaranteed.
Time out during a hiking holiday in the South of France
A particularly beautiful Mediterranean break awaits you on our hiking holidays in the South of France. Whether on a hiking holiday on the Côte d’Azur, in Provence, in the Mercantour National Park or on a hike from Collioure to Cadaquès– with our Eurohike WanderPlus you are guaranteed to be perfectly cared for on all routes. From the warm advice before your trip, the personal support on-site during your hiking holiday, the detailed travel documents, the cosy hotels and inviting accommodation, as well as the reliable luggage transfer. You can of course also reach our Eurohike team on the service-hotline during your trip.
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