Dreamy Honeymoon Towns in the South of France
The South of France (or the French Riviera) is one of my favorite romantic honeymoon destinations globally. It doesn't matter if you're a first-timer of a frequent guest – the South of France is an easy yes when it comes to choosing a holiday destination. With stunning Mediterranean sunsets, quaint fishing villages, towns descending from cliffs, and a gorgeous coastline, you will have plenty of reasons to book your flight to Southeast France. But before you take off to this exceptional romantic destination, continue reading to discover dreamy honeymoon towns in the South of France.
This luxurious resort city may look revived, but it holds a ton of traditional value. Hundreds of years of history took place inside these city's walls. Imagine strolling along the miles of pristine coast, dining at one of the incredible restaurants, or hiking a coastal Mediterranean mountain range.
Avignon is a town steeped in rich spiritual history and the necessary stunning architecture you'd expect from such a place. During the middle ages, this charming city was the center of Christendom. No fewer than six papal conclaves took place in the breathtaking Palace of the Popes in the 14th century.
Saint Tropez calls to the beautiful people who need a break from the everyday. This peaceful town on the Côte d'Azur is a millionaire's playground. But if you want a rejuvenating holiday in the lap of luxury, St Tropez is the place for you. Many famous A-list stars cavort on the many yachts moored in the pristine sea.
You must head to the Cours Saleya flower market to smell all the beautiful flowers in this seaport city. Once you've had your fill of freshly plucked flowers, make your way to Colline du Château to take in the Roman ruins. Before leaving Nice, make sure you head to the world-famous Promenade for some shopping.
Hilltop villages don't get more adorable and alluring than Eze. It is undoubtedly one of France's most romantic places with the incomparable Mediterranean views that will enchant you for days and colorful facades flanking charming cobbled streets.
This lovely 14th-century Niçoise fishing village lies in the French Riviera's heart; its deep harbor, adorable old town, and stunning seaport are must-sees. The port overlooks the gentle Mediterranean waters. Walk down the cobblestone paths until you arrive at the Citadel St. Elmo and Port de la Darse.
The center of Carcassonne is truly a sight to behold. City walls have stood since the 4th century and redone in the 13th century; the walls are a barrier against the Crown of Aragon. A trip to Carcassone will feel like you have stepped into the "Lord of the Rings" or "Game of Thrones."
As a harbor town, Antibes possesses an impressive coastline. Inside the city center, you will find the Absinthe Museum, the Explora Museum, and the Grimaldi château, a museum containing the works of Pablo Picasso.
You can't help falling in love with Aix-en-Provence. Every quaint street is more lovely than the last, making it perfect for discovering by wandering on foot. Spend days getting lost and people watching at cafés. Be sure to visit the Pavillon de Vendôme and pause for an aperitif in bustling Place des Cardeurs.
Provence is a tranquil and elegant town; it is home to France's best wine and rural charm. That doesn't mean it isn't luxurious. But it is an excellent choice for couples that want a less visited area. The beaches are quieter, and there is a calm air of decadence within the region. Don't miss the fragrant fields of sunflowers and lavender.
Albi's medieval city, not far from Toulouse, is known as the "red town" thanks to its brick foundations. Its impressive Cathedral Sainte Cécile is just one of the monuments registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its scale is breathtaking. The bridges and winding streets offer incredible views, which contribute to making Albi one of the most romantic destinations in France.
Monaco is the playground of A-list celebrities and beautiful people. It is an autonomous state, so it's not technically part of France, but you will want to spend some time in marvelous Monaco if you are in the South of France. Head to the Prince's Palace to witness the principality in all of its glory. It's one of the most beautiful and fantastic destinations in the region. If you want to party with the rich and famous, it is the place to go. Monaco drips wealth and privilege.
Marseille, a turbulent, metropolitan city, is a living challenge to all French Riviera stereotypes. It's beautiful, hectic, and it's as far from the relaxed attitudes of Nice or Avignon as you can get. If you're looking for some city action, Marseille is worth a visit. If you are short on time, head to Marseille's Old Port, founded by the Phocaeans 2,600 years ago. The port is the best place to see the city.
Arles possesses an abundance of Roman and Romanesque architecture. You will find a Roman theatre, baths, necropolis, and aqueduct, to mention but a few. Arles is one stunning town! Everywhere you turn, a picture-perfect sight beckons. Sheer physical beauty explains why Vincent van Gogh called Arles home for a few years.
So it's decided! You want and need to visit the South of France soon. Now the question is, where you are going to stay. Are you heading for cosmopolitan Marseille, bucolic Provance, historical Avignon, or another city? If you ready to explore the dreamy honeymoon towns in the South of France, allow me to take the planning off your shoulders. If you want to learn more about France's different areas, read my Choosing a Region of France Based on Personality.