South of France Destination Guide

Enjoy chic cafe society, gorgeous beaches and glamorous nightlife in the South of France.

The Mediterranean South of France is the Mediterranean coast of France stretching from Monaco near the Italian border in the East to Perpignan near the Spanish border in the West. This coastal region includes the glamorous Cote D’Azure, also known as the French Riviera, the historic city of Marseille and the popular nudist resort of Cap D’Adge.

Glamorous beaches, cafe society and traditional markets jostle side by side to create a region of beauty, variety and pleasure. Whether you’re staying in a resort or stopping off for a day on your adult-lifestyle cruise, we’ve put together a handy destination guide with all you need to know for your adult-only holiday in the South of France and French Riviera.

Do I need a visa for the South of France?

  • Travellers from the UK do not need a visa for the South of France for travel before 31st October 2019.
  • For travel after October 2019 please visit the UK Government Brexit travel site.
  • Passports must be valid for the duration of your visit, be no more than 10 years old and have at least 6 months left on it.
  • Visitors from the USA and Canada do not need a Visa to travel to France, passports should be valid and your stay is limited to 90 days.

Which language is spoken in the South of France?

  • The official language spoken in France is French. English is widely spoken, but it’s always polite to practice hello, please and thank you in the local language before you go away.

What is the currency of the South of France?

  • The Euro is the currency of France, credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted.
  • For our all-inclusive adult lifestyle cruises, you need only take spending money for any shore trips, on-board shopping and extras that you book.
  • For self-catering and bed and breakfast you’ll need to take money for food supplies, and eating out.
  • A budget of around 100 euros per person per day for food will be more than enough to allow you to eat well on your South of France holiday.

What is the climate in the South of France?

  • Summers tend to be hot and dry on the Mediterranean coast of France.
  • The temperature starts warming up from April, though the sea can still be quite cold until June.
  • The autumn is mild and winters can be rainy.

When is the best time to visit the South of France?

  • The Mediterranean resorts of Southern France are at their best in the summer months where visitors can relax in the heat of the summer.
  • Spring and autumn also make great holidays if you prefer less heat and quieter resorts.

What is the cuisine of the South of France?

  • Travellers may be familiar with many of the famous French foods of the Mediterranean, from their morning croissant to a salad nicoise or a plate of cheese.
  • Traditional street food snacks include fougasse - a flatbread made with olives, socca made with chickpeas and pissaladiere a pizza-like flatbread with toppings.
  • There are many influences to the Southern French cuisine but at its core are amazing fresh ingredients - fresh seafood, tomatoes, herbs, garlic, olives, cheeses, wine and citrus.

What to pack for an adult only holiday in the South of France and French Riviera?

  • Swimwear and beachwear are a must for days spent at the pool or the beach.
  • Summer in the South of France can have cooler days and even some rainy days, so always pack some warmer clothing options as well as a waterproof jacket and shoes.
  • Don't forget to pack party clothes and costumes for any them nights, parties or formal events you’re attending.