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The South of France in Pictures

Updated on June 16, 2015

From Bordeaux to Monaco you can visit many things in the south of France, it only depends on the number of days you are thinking to spend on this magnificent places. There are several options and you can decide to visit museums and churches or beaches and bars, the option is yours.

In this hub you can see several images that can help you to decide what you will want to visit, from castles to the lavender camps, you can see which you would prefer to spend more time. It may also help you to decide which cities you want to visit and which cities you will want to avoid.

My visit started in Bordeaux, after landing in BOD(Bordeaux Airport) and ended in the NCE (Nice Airport), it lasted only four days so some of the city visits were flash visits. The visit in the west starts with landscape, castles and vineyards, but as you go east, you will see beaches and end in the French Riviera (Côte d'azur).

Bordeaux

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The view on one of the main avenues in BordeauxLa Porte Cailhau in BordeauxPl. du Palais in BordeauxPlace de la Borse in BordeauxLe Gabriel, view from the Place de la BordeJardin des Lumiers in BordeauxGrand Theatre in BordeauxEglise de Notre Dame in BordeauxLa Grosse Cloche in BordeauxPorte CailhauPont de Pierre in Bordeaux
The view on one of the main avenues in Bordeaux
The view on one of the main avenues in Bordeaux | Source
La Porte Cailhau in Bordeaux
La Porte Cailhau in Bordeaux | Source
Pl. du Palais in Bordeaux
Pl. du Palais in Bordeaux | Source
Place de la Borse in Bordeaux
Place de la Borse in Bordeaux | Source
Le Gabriel, view from the Place de la Borde
Le Gabriel, view from the Place de la Borde | Source
Jardin des Lumiers in Bordeaux
Jardin des Lumiers in Bordeaux | Source
Grand Theatre in Bordeaux
Grand Theatre in Bordeaux | Source
Eglise de Notre Dame in Bordeaux
Eglise de Notre Dame in Bordeaux | Source
La Grosse Cloche in Bordeaux
La Grosse Cloche in Bordeaux | Source
Porte Cailhau
Porte Cailhau | Source
Pont de Pierre in Bordeaux
Pont de Pierre in Bordeaux | Source

City of Bordeaux

The city of Bordeaux is less than thirty minutes away by car from the city airport, so we decided to drive to the city center and do an hour walk by the city.

It is a nice city, it is the sixth largest city in France but you won't notice in the city center. My visit started near the river Garonne, it is a calm area where you can have a nice view to the front building and to some beautiful bridges.

If you walk by the river you can see the main sights like Place de la Borse, Cailhau and the big plaza, Place des Quinconces.

Carcassonne

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Carcassonne Castle at sunset  Inside the outside wall of Carcassonne CastleInside Carcassonne CastleOutside wall of Carcassonne CastleCarcassonne CastleCarcassonne CastleCarcassonne CastleCarcassonne Castle at sunset  View of the Carcassonne Castle
Carcassonne Castle at sunset
Carcassonne Castle at sunset | Source
Inside the outside wall of Carcassonne Castle
Inside the outside wall of Carcassonne Castle | Source
Inside Carcassonne Castle
Inside Carcassonne Castle | Source
Outside wall of Carcassonne Castle
Outside wall of Carcassonne Castle | Source
Carcassonne Castle
Carcassonne Castle | Source
Carcassonne Castle
Carcassonne Castle | Source
Carcassonne Castle
Carcassonne Castle | Source
Carcassonne Castle at sunset
Carcassonne Castle at sunset | Source
View of the Carcassonne Castle
View of the Carcassonne Castle | Source

Carcassonne and the Castle

Carcassonne was one of the main stops that I wanted to make, the city is known for having one of the most famous castles in the world. The cité de Carcassonne is a medieval fortified castle and it was rebuild in the XIXth century, in 1997 it was added to the UNESCO, world heritage sites.

If you are planning a visit you should see the official site of the ville and see the agenda, you will see what is planned to happen in the next weeks. This can be specially important if you are planning to visit during summer, when there are many parties happening.

There is also a board game called "Carcassonne", designed by a German in 2000. Even in Facebook there is already a game called "Carcassonne".

A curious fact, In one of the main streets in Lisbon there is even a pastry with the name Carcassonne, in that same street there a pastry called Biarritz and other, Helsinquia(Helsinki).

On the road

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View from the roadView from the roadArtistic houses seen from the roadSmall village seen by the highway
View from the road
View from the road | Source
View from the road
View from the road | Source
Artistic houses seen from the road
Artistic houses seen from the road | Source
Small village seen by the highway
Small village seen by the highway | Source

6 Places from Carcassonne to Nimes

From Carcassonne to Nimes, we passed by coastal cities, in a small trip they were not worth to stop but it was better than the Highway. The cities were:

  • Agde
  • Sete
  • Frontignan
  • Palavas-les-Flots
  • Le Couchant
  • Le Grau-du-Roi

After that we went north, to Nimes.

Nimes

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Arénes de Nimes (Roman amphitheater)Car parking entry in the center of NimesFountain in the main square of NimesNimes ChurchMaison Carrée in NimesPhoto in the historic center of NimesPath in the historic center of Nimes
Arénes de Nimes (Roman amphitheater)
Arénes de Nimes (Roman amphitheater) | Source
Car parking entry in the center of Nimes
Car parking entry in the center of Nimes | Source
Fountain in the main square of Nimes
Fountain in the main square of Nimes | Source
Nimes Church
Nimes Church | Source
Maison Carrée in Nimes
Maison Carrée in Nimes | Source
Photo in the historic center of Nimes
Photo in the historic center of Nimes | Source
Path in the historic center of Nimes
Path in the historic center of Nimes | Source

The City of Nimes

Nimes was decided as one of the stops because of the rich heritage since the Romans. It is a small city with less than 150.000 inhabitants, but with many sights dating from the Roman Empire.

Avignon

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Pont d'AvignonPalais des Papes in AvignonCrucifix in the city of AvignonMusée du Petit Palais in AvignonVineyards in the city of AvignonThe city of Avignon Bridge and view of AvignonGrand Theatre of Avignon
Pont d'Avignon
Pont d'Avignon | Source
Palais des Papes in Avignon
Palais des Papes in Avignon | Source
Crucifix in the city of Avignon
Crucifix in the city of Avignon | Source
Musée du Petit Palais in Avignon
Musée du Petit Palais in Avignon | Source
Vineyards in the city of Avignon
Vineyards in the city of Avignon | Source
The city of Avignon
The city of Avignon | Source
Bridge and view of Avignon
Bridge and view of Avignon | Source
Grand Theatre of Avignon
Grand Theatre of Avignon | Source

Sur le cité d'Avignon

Avignon is specially known for its role during the "Papacy of Avignon", it is known as the "City of Popes", and it was the other home of the Pope or of the "second Pope", during the Catholic Schism between 1378 and 1417. During this time there were two men claiming to be the Pope, one in Rome and another in Avignon.

The great sight of Avignon in the Palais des Papes, the Pope's Palace. You can also find the Notre Dame des Noms. In the city center there is also a beautiful Hôtel de Ville.

You can also walk in the Bridge of Avignon, also famous because of the French song, Sur le pont d'Avignon

Arles

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ArlesArene d'ArlesArene d'ArlesHouses in ArlesCafe Terrace at Night" by Vincent Van Gogh.
Arles
Arles | Source
Arene d'Arles
Arene d'Arles | Source
Arene d'Arles
Arene d'Arles | Source
Houses in Arles
Houses in Arles | Source
Cafe Terrace at Night" by Vincent Van Gogh.
Cafe Terrace at Night" by Vincent Van Gogh.

Arles and Vincent Van Gogh

Like Nimes, it is mostly known for the Roman influences, it has a roman arena.

One of the streets in Arles is represented in "Cafe Terrace at Night" by Vincent Van Gogh.

Aix en Provence

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Fountain in Aix en ProvenceMarket in Aix en ProvenceMarket in Aix en ProvenceSculpture in Aix en ProvenceStreet Market in Aix en Provence
Fountain in Aix en Provence
Fountain in Aix en Provence | Source
Market in Aix en Provence
Market in Aix en Provence | Source
Market in Aix en Provence
Market in Aix en Provence | Source
Sculpture in Aix en Provence
Sculpture in Aix en Provence | Source
Street Market in Aix en Provence
Street Market in Aix en Provence | Source

Aix en Provence

We decided to make a stop in Aix en Provence in a Sunday morning, the goal was to see the market in one of the city plazas.

The markets of Aix en Provence are very popular and you should definitely visit it, there is one or more everyday in the city plazas, they are normally different, you can see the flower market, the fruit market and others...

A
Bordeaux:
Bordeaux, França

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It is the sixth biggest city in France and capital of Aquitaine region. It is known worldwide for its wine.

B
Toulouse:
Toulouse, França

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The fourth biggest city in France and center of the European aerospace industry.

C
Carcassonne:
Carcassonne, França

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The famous castle that gave the name for a game.

D
Nimes:
Nîmes, França

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Where you can see the Roman Empire Heritage

E
Avignon:
Avignon, França

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It was the home of the "second" Pope in the XIV and XV centuries.

F
Arles:
Arles, França

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Home of a famous Amphitheater. Used today for bullfighting shows.

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Aix en Provence:
Aix-en-Provence, França

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Where you can find street markets with natural products.

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    • saitam profile imageAUTHOR

      saitam 

      5 years ago from Lisbon

      Thank you Ged1962. Glad you liked it.

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      Ged1962 

      5 years ago from UK

      Thanks for sharing this interesting tour through southern France, nice photo's too :-)

    • saitam profile imageAUTHOR

      saitam 

      5 years ago from Lisbon

      Thank you for you comments, glad you like it.

      mperrottet, the south can be very different from Normandy and Paris, starting by a better weather.

      PFranz, the wine is surely one important mark in the region.

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      YogaKat 

      5 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Love seeing this part of the world through your descriptions and camera lens. Great photos and descriptions.

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      flashmakeit 

      5 years ago from usa

      Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photographs of France.

    • PFranz profile image

      PFranz 

      5 years ago

      Lovely photos! I have some good, mellow memories of that part of France (there was a certain amount of wine involved.)

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Oh so very beautiful and interesting.

      Eddy.

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      Margaret Perrottet 

      5 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      I was in France in 2008, but only saw Paris and Normandy. If I go back, this looks like a beautiful and interesting route to follow. Love the photographs. Voted up!

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