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Road Trip Facts

South of France


When the warm air shimmers over the streets of the Cote D’Azur in summer, and the sea glimmers a tempting deep blue, that’s when you should head for the nearest junction and spend the afternoon stretched out by the waterside.

A minimalist map of France, on which the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and Grande Corniche are shown.

The south of France is a perfect summer destination, and the area has much to offer road trippers in addition to the sea. As you travel inland from Nice, the landscape changes and the mountainous Alpes-Maritimes region rewards you with rugged cliffs, winding roads and little mountain villages. Best explored in a convertible. What’s more, there are also plenty of ski resorts here to draw you in when the weather turns colder.

A photo collage with impressions from the south of France, such as the famous coastal road Grande Corniche and the limestone cliffs.


Must Drive

The Grande Corniche coastal road between Nice and Menton. James Bond had a high-speed chase here in “Golden Eye”, but you can just as easily drive the route in more of a relaxing way, with a view of the glittering sea. The view from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin Castle over the village of the same name is particularly impressive. It was also a holiday spot for Coco Chanel and Winston Churchill.



The “Massif des Calanques” on the Mediterranean Sea. A landscape of fjord-like limestone cliffs with crystal clear coves. In addition to many rare plant species, there are also dolphins, water turtles and coral here. A paradise right next to Marseille, perfect for swimming, hiking and climbing.



Bouillabaisse, a Provençal fish soup. The secret? It is traditionally prepared with seven different types of fish or seafood, with recipes dating back to the 16th century.

Text   Julia Fiedler
Photos   Getty Images, iStockphoto, Shutterstock

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