Keeping the secret destinations theme actual, today I continue sharing with you 3 gorgeous, picturesque travel gems in South France that we encountered during our summer road trip. Our drive started in Nice and continued towards mountains, leaving the sea behind. In less than an hour we ascended from literally level 0 to more than 1000 m high. The landscape is very arid and the panoramas there are simply unique. Each valley awaits you with different vegetation.
BEST TIME TO VISIT End April – Late September
RECOMMENDED VISIT TIME 3 – 5 days
EASIEST WAY TO TRAVEL car
Nice – Coursegoules Bus – 400
Here are the 3 must see destination we recommend:
3. Moustier Sanit-Marie
1. C O U R S E G O U L E S
Located in the heart of the Alpes-Maritimes National Parks, one hour drive from Nice you will encounter on a hidden hill, in the warm sun, the commune of Coursegoules waiting to be found. Beautiful white and coloured houses all aligned towards south, creating a bundle of civilisation in the middle of wilderness. You found our first gem!
In the city expect to find a handful of small cafes, narrow streets that go up hill, old stone traditional houses, a church, some small hidden squares,view spots, benches where to sit and free public toilets. In summer time check opening hours before going there, because you might end up drinking your own water and get nothing to eat. Just saying! 😉
Official Website: http://www.coursegoules.net
2. C A S T E L L A N E
Continuing the road towards Parc Naturel régional du Verdon, at about 1 h drive from Coursegules, you will find the second of our three travel gems in South France I mentioned: Castellane. I totally suggest that you allocate longer time for the drive. The landscape is very scenic and it is worth stopping in all the dedicated parking places. There are some viewpoints on the way, some carved in stone tunnels you have to drive through and the nature that changes with every valley. Here is a small collection of my photos I want to share with you.
If you want to read more about the history of this place, what to do and where else to go , I totally recommend reading more from the official website.
Official Website: https://www.tourism-alps-provence.com/castellane/
3. M O U S T I E R S A I N T – M A R I E
The third of our travel gems from South France I share with you lies at another hour drive from Castellane. If you think that the landscape before was scenic you should see what awaits for you now. I am more than sure you will need at least twice the time to get there and not because of traffic, that is none. 😁 Trust me, it is worth every stop on the way to enjoy those panoramas. #collectmemoriesnotthings 😉
Official Website: https://www.moustiers.fr
And when you get there, this awaits for you. A small picturesque village all carved in and between the stones. The elevation of the village is between 474 m –1.729 m so get some comfy shoes and a bottle of water because you will climb stairs and hills. There is not much more to say about that place. It is simply gorgeous, so bring your cameras and enough battery, tripods or whatever you need for to collect your memories. There will be some amazing insta photo you will make there. Oh! And if this was not enough, go for the evening so you see how the sun sets upon the city and the hills ❤🙏
BONUS – panorama view during your drive – Lake Esparron de Verdon
Did I get your attention now? Ready to take the first flight and visit South of France? Oh yes! And be sure you will find many other hidden treasures there!
6 thoughts on “3 travel gems in South France National Parks”
oh oh boy, these beautiful places go well with the no-introduction-needed French wines. White wine during the day, red wine in the evening. Awesome places.
Hahaha ! That is a very good point of view and an important point I forgot to mention! Hmm maybe a post just for that?!
This article makes you want to visit France! Thanks for the beautiful insights and for authentic points of view!
Thank you Oana. It was a pleasure both to write and to be there! I do hope to inspire more to travel and discover the world ❤
France, ma belle ☺️ You can never forget the beauty of the places and the warmth of the people. These placed you described are indeed incredible. Thank you Ioana
You are very right Iuliana! France is indeed a wonderful place and if you love mountains, hike and picturesque villages, then this is the place for you! Much ❤, i o a n a