South of France

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

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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Domaine de Perches

Domaine de Perches, a 17th century wine chateau restored with immaculate modern taste, is the perfect base for touring beautiful Occitanie

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Le Château de Candie

Le Château de Candie is a perfect example of a classic French château transformed into a luxury hotel brimming with style, elegance and histoy.

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