Do you want to go on the south of France road trip? Famous for its delightful scenery for a classic intercity road trip, you’ll find great adventure taking this road – De Route Nationale 7, or in short, N7 is the famous road to take if you want to drive by the coast. De Route Nationale 7 starts in Paris and ends in the Cote d’Azur!
This way was the traditional way to the south; it’s also called the ‘Route de Vacances.’ It takes at least one week for one to get the full experience out of the most historic car route in France and stop in beautiful cities like Lyon and Avignon!
So, start your trip in Paris. Do not skip this city! If you’ve never been to Paris before, you have to see all those hotspots that Paris has to offer. The famous Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Champs Elysees, and many more.
When you finished your visit to Paris, it’s time to get in your car and start the incredible road trip to the coast. If you’re not traveling to France in your own car, you can always rent a car in Paris. It’s easy to book your rental car in advance, it saves you a lot of time, and your chosen car is ready at the agreed time and place.
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South of France Road Trip: Top 7 Cities to Visit for a Stop Over!
Briare the Pearl City
Briare is a small city in the region of Loiret Centre-Loire-valley. One of the famous sights in Briare is the longest aqueduct of Europe: the Ponte Canal Bridge. Built by Gustave Eiffel, also known for his famous tower in Paris, in 1890.
It’s more than 600 meters long and 6 meters wide, and the best way to discover it is by boat. Briare is also the city of Emaille. At this same time, Jean-Felix Bapterosses established his factory here were knots, pearls, and mosaics were made. Therefore Briare also has the name ‘La Cité des Perles,’ a.k.a the Pearl City.
Stop in Lyon
A must-not-miss stopover if you’re on the south of France road trip is Lyon because there’s so much to see. First stop: the Place Bellecour. The biggest square in Europe. It’s awe-inspiring to see, and in the middle of the square is a massive statue of Louis XIV.
There are also lots of terraces and little flower shops. Are you an art lover? Plan a visit to the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Moreover, also climb the hill of Fourviere, for a fantastic view of the whole city.
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Arrive in Avignon
This city is trendy in the summer when the festival ‘Festival d’Avignon’ is going to start. The whole city is filled with music performances and theaters. Also, a must-see in Avignon is the Palais des Papes, a historical palace and one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe.
The construction design was the work of two of France’s best architects: Jean du Louvres and Pierre Peysson. The ornamentation was made by Simone Martini and Matteo Giovanetti, two of the best students of the School of Siena.
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This is a city you don’t want to miss if you’re in the south of France road trip: a beautiful city center, old fountains, atmospheric streets where you can visit authentic markets. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning, there are many stands with groceries, fruits, fresh flowers, clothes, and even books and local products.
Ever tried Calissons? You have to try this delicacy that is made of finely ground almonds, melon from Provence, and the zest of candied oranges. Fancy and trendy restaurants overload this city.
Marseille at the Mediterranean
Marseille is rapidly developing as a modern coastal city on the Mediterranean. Visit museums, go shopping or enjoy one of the cutest terraces. However, start discovering Marseille at Le Vieux-Port. This old port is bordered at two forts: Fort Saint-Jean and Fort Saint Nicolas.
The city was the cultural capital of 2013, and the port got a total transformation. Also, don’t forget to visit one of the beaches! The biggest beach is Pointe Rouge, with a diversity of restaurants for a lazy lunch or a romantic dinner at sea.
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Stopover in Cannes en route to Nice
On the way to Nice, you drive past Cannes. You may know it from the Cannes Film Festival. This French festival is renowned for giving upcoming (inter)national directors and performers platform.
However, this is not the only event that is holding a place in this city. Take a look here to check out all the other events.
At the end of the road is Nice
A beautiful city in the Cote d’Azur. In the old city center, you can still feel and see the eventful history in the former center of Nice. The eventful history there is still much to see in the old center of Nice. You can see the history of the influences of Italian, even today.
Arrive in the famous Cours Saleya, to see and witness the colorful flower market every morning where also local products are being sold. Wander around and through the streets to Rue Rossetti, where you’ll arrive at a staircase that leads to the hill Colline du Château.
At the top of the 92 meters high hill, once stood the castle that defended the city. Lots of ruins to see there. Finally, discover the Rue de la Boucherie, one of the most charming old, narrow streets of La Vieille Ville.