Travel Planning
Southern France
Travel Planning
Southern France

Southern France at a Glance

Southern France is an area of Mediterranean coastal cities, fields of lavender and mountain ski towns. This culturally rich area is a wonderful place to visit for a diverse array of activities. 

The French Riviera is world-renown as a luxury destination. Warm waters, casinos, fine arts, pastel colored homes and a laid-back atmosphere mean that playtime is never far away. Join locals sunning themselves on warm city beaches. Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine. Check out artwork by Chagall, Matisse, Picasso and others.

 In Provence, visitors immerse themselves in one of France's most romantic destinations. Ancient Roman ruins, hill-top fortresses, lavender scented fields, sunflowers and olive trees greet you at every turn. Stop in at France's oldest city, Marseilles, to enjoy the bustling port and lively cultural scene. 

The French Alps are an outdoor and cultural treasure. Enjoy skiing, hiking, biking and retreats at famous spas and resorts. Taste the delicacies of world class chefs and enjoy the wines coming from rolling foothill vineyards.



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Popular Places
  • Nice Nice
  • Aix-en-Provence Aix-en-Provence
  • Marseille Marseille
  • Lyon Lyon
  • Cannes Cannes
  • Avignon Avignon
  • Arles Arles
  • Menton Menton
  • Montpellier Montpellier
  • Chamonix Chamonix
Getting There
Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter France if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. Contact a French consulate office to learn more about travel requirements. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Southern France has warm, mild winters and balmy, Mediterranean summers. If you travel into the mountains, the weather becomes chillier and snow falls in the winter making for great skiing. 

Safety Concerns Safety concerns vary throughout the region. Stay safe by using common safety precautions such as protecting your passport in a hotel safe and avoiding flashing cash. Keep to safe, well-lit areas at night. 

Health Concerns Southern France has limited health concerns and clean public drinking water. If drinking from a mountain lake or stream be sure to purify the water first to avoid getting sick. 

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