Parc National du Mercantour The mountains and valleys of this national park provide some of southern France's most spectacular hiking.

Luberon Valley From rural roads to backcountry trails, Provence seems to be made for cycling – and the lovely Luberon is a great place to start.

Rafting on the Verdon Braving the bucking Gorges du Verdon rapids aboard a raft is a white-knuckle experience.

Domaine du Rayol Get acquainted with the Côte d'Azur's submarine residents at this underwater snorkelling park.

Parc National des Calanques Paddle a sea kayak beneath the cliffs of the Calanques, and access some of the Côte d'Azur's most beautiful – and quietest – coves.

Mont Ventoux Provence's highest peak often has skiable snow until April.