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Holidays in the South of France with friends

There are your best friends you can always count on, your childhood friends who never change and your other friends spread all over France. A multitude of opportunities for holidays with friends in the South of France. Here are a few suggestions to help you choose your holiday theme.

The world of art and the town of Arles

Holidays in France and an awakening of the senses… the atmosphere for your holidays with your friends! Head for a really untypical place: the Luma Arles cultural centre. There are presentations and exhibitions of all kinds every year. The twisted tower which reaches a height of 56 metres is also well worth a visit. It was inspired by the paintings of the most famous lover of Arles , Vincent Van Gogh. A bit further one on the banks of the Etang, the Ricard family open the door of the Domaine des Méjanes. And it’s up to you to choose between gipsy caravans or apartments in the former schoolhouse. You can even discover the Domaine on horseback or aboard the mythical Petit train de Méjanes. And for the food-lovers among you, off we go to the Restaurant Eïdra where Coline, a pastry cook and Mathew, a cook (you saw them in Top Chef 2018), await you. On the menu, excellent food and also a great place to meet for brunch on Sunday mornings.

On Wheels in the Vaucluse!

For all those who love thrills, electric all-terrain scooter outings await you at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Jump on your machine and go where you want, you have 2½ hours of battery life. And you’ll get your reward after such an effort. The Gîte-hôtel Nesk in Sault has a fitness area, jacuzzi, sauna and even a hammam. Everything you need for a great weekend with your friends in this 3-star hotel*. And food also comes on wheels! Discover the range of flavours provided by the travelling food trucks of the Vaucluse like Gaston le Camion who came first in the Truck d’Or competition in 2014 and also Burrito King. Just what you need for the holiday of your dreams in France!

 

All green for holidays with friends

Make way for dreams of nature in the Alps. Go on an escapade in the Massif du Parpaillon between the Ubaye and the Durance. The Parcours des Fées will take you to meet the clouds on a two-kilometre trail that culminates at around 1,500 metres. Keep your eyes skinned for the monumental sculptures dotted along your way. The fairytale continues with the Cabanes Enchantées in Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes and its 4 cabins hidden in the trees. Perfect for a stop to enjoy a good little packed lunch or a packed apéro in a 100% nature atmosphere, and the spa is included in your reservation. And, last but not least, L’étincelle restaurant takes you off on a culinary trip where you will discover lamb from Les Couttières, ewe’s cheese from Le Courtil, terrines from Salaison du Champsaur and the vegetables from the garden and the 100% made in Dévoluy burger.

Bohemian chic around Nice

Looking for activities for the best holidays with friends? Head for the Musée des Coquillages in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. You’ll get an eyeful with the collection of over 7,000 seashells, one of the biggest collections in the Mediterranean area. Plunge into a surprising world! And you can continue to wander around le Vieux Nice on a gourmet visit with a guide-speaker. Over 15 tastings of typical products await you along with a “blind test” of spices! Which of your friends will win? Then you can make the most of a good night at the Loko Loko Hôtel , a totally renovated Haussmannian building in a design and eco-responsible spirit. You’ll be sure to appreciate the atmosphere of a big holiday home.

Back to childhood in the Alpes de Haute Provence

Want to discover the most heavenly holiday places in France? Try a Canyoning outing with the Bureau des Guides de Canyon. On the programme: aqua-rando, abseiling descents of waterways, jumps and natural slides … Marvel at the grand canyon de la Lance and its succession of majestic, and even the very sunny Ravin de Juan, perfect for beginners. There’s something for all ages in the Camping Terra Verdon in Castellane. Between the tents and the motorhomes there’s an aquatic park with pools and slides and echoing laughter. There are also events during the day and in the evening. And for real food-lovers, l’Auberge l’Oustalet offers you Provencal-inspired cuisine in its shepherd’s hut. Will you opt for the unusual nettle soup or the shoulder of lamb roasted with herbs?

The Var: chill out between Provence and the Côte d’Azur!

Two options to enjoy holidays in the Var in the South of France…
Try a dizzying stay in the Forêt de Janas in the Cap-Sicié massif at Camping Huttopia. On the edge of the pine forest and a few minutes from the Fabregas beach, you’ll find everything you need for a great holiday: pool, pétanque, siestas under the pine trees… A simple but really soothing programme. And as for the accommodation, there are trapper tents, cabins, chalets and even gipsy caravans! And your second choice comes with extra cocooning at the Lodge des îles d’Or on the isthmus leading to the Giens peninsula. Ecolodges with spacious, elegant rooms and the added bonus of a lovely wooden terrace. Go to the beach on foot and enjoy all the activities: hiking, yoga, paddle, diving … Everything you need to relax.

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