Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in The Peninsula

Plage de Pampelonne

The 5km-long, celebrity-studded Plage de Pampelonne sports a line-up of exclusive beach restaurants and clubs in summer. Find public access (and parking for €5.50) near Moorea Plage; otherwise, join the crowds at on…
Top Choice Park in Camargue Countryside

Parc Ornithologique du Pont de Gau

For that pink flamingo photo op, this wetland is the place. It's home to all the Camargue's big-ticket birds, including herons, storks, egrets, teals and grebes, as well as those fabulous flamingos. The reserve has …
Top Choice Camarguais in Camargue Countryside

Le Mazet du Vaccarès

Gorging on fish in this legendary lakeside cabin is a feast for the eyes and belly. Memorabilia from Hélène and Néné’s days as lighthouse keepers in Beauduc fill the restaurant with soul. The jovial couple cook up o…
Top Choice Mountain in Around Aix-en-Provence

Montagne Ste-Victoire

East of Aix towers Cézanne’s favourite haunt, the magnificent silvery ridge of Montagne Ste-Victoire, its dry slopes carpeted in garrigue (scented scrub), lush pine forests, burnt-orange soil and Coteaux d’Aix-en-Pr…
Top Choice Gardens in Les Alpilles

Jardin de l’Alchimiste

Eleven kilometres east of St-Rémy, the fascinating Jardin de l’Alchimiste – inspired by the nearby 16th-century house of an alchemist – is planted in arcane medieval patterns and filled with blossoming trees and her…
Top Choice Gardens in Corniche des Maures

Domaine du Rayol

This stunning, lush garden, with plants from all Mediterranean climates the world round, is wonderful for a stroll or a themed nature walk. The dense flora cascades down the hillside from a villa to the sea, and whi…
Top Choice in Menton & Around

Pasta & Basta

Top Choice Chateau in Around Aix-en-Provence

Château de Vauvenargues

On the northern side of Montagne Ste-Victoire, the D10 passes Vauvenargues, home to 14th-century Château de Vauvenargues, where Picasso is buried. The red-brick castle, bought by the artist in 1958 and his home betw…
Top Choice Modern French in Around Vence

Auberge de Courmes

In the hamlet of Courmes, at the foot of mountains 10km north of Le Pont du Loup, this flowery inn is gorgeous for a long, lazy lunch alfresco. Talented young chef Richard Auray cooks up two starters and two mains u…
Top Choice Modern French in Around Vence

Bistrot Gourmand Clovis

This achingly cool bistro in the cobbled heart of Tourrettes is a stunner – for its stylish contemporary decor and its creative cuisine, honoured with a Michelin star. Chef Julien Bousseau works with only the best s…