Autumn in the south of France is the perfect time to tour

Autumn in the south of France is a great time to take a visit and enjoy the sights without the summer crowds. The weather is mellow and warm, the light is soft and the locals go about the business of real life.

Touring in the south of France in Autumn

If you’re into wine then the autumn with its harvest activities is the perfect time to be in the south of France. You might even get the opportunity to join in picking grapes – giving you memories you’ll cherish.

Grapes aren’t the only thing being harvested at this time of the year. In Grasse, the perfume capital of France, it’s jasmine time. The tiny scented flowers bloom in August and are harvested until the beginning of October. The delicate blossoms are hand-picked and put into baskets and many farmers offer visits to the field and even let you help with the picking (just pop into the local tourist office and they’ll help you with details).

Making the most of the Mediterranean towns

Now’s the time to visit the legendary cities of the French Riviera when they’re not teeming with tourists and the prices are lower. In fact, you could even bag a bargain if you head to St Tropez for its annual famous Grand Braderie says Andrew Cook of Cookies Campers who hire out glampervans in the south of France. It’s not like your average flea market here, of course it’s far swankier! Shops sell off their summer clothes at vastly reduced prices and you can pick up Chanel, Gucci and Prada for a fraction of their normal high cost (27 October – 30 October 2017).

In Autumn, the sea is still warm enough to swim in and in a campervan, you can tour the coast and pick a beach that you like the look of. Just park up, fling off your shoes and let the silky sand massage your feet as you take a paddle or go all in for a dip. Menton on the border with Italy, a town of orange and lemon trees and beautiful architecture, has a gorgeous long sandy beach, perfect for sun worshippers.  Antibes where the jet set go has a fabulous beach, wonderful restaurants and watching the autumn sun set over the bay is one of those priceless events you’ll never forget.

Autumn activities in the south of France

Without the beating sun, it can be much more fun to take on some of the more physical activities of which there are plenty this time of the year. Sailing for instance is on offer until the end of October, it’s a fantastic way to discover the sparkling resorts of the south from the azure waters. Cycling is perfect in Autumn, you can hire bikes (or take your own and pop them on a bike rack) Hiking in the Gorges du Verdon, Canoeing and kayaking – there’s a vast range of activities to enjoy and with wheels to get around you can pack a lot in.

Tour the south of France in a luxurious campervan with Cookies Campers which come with bike racks so you can take your bikes with you.

Tourist office for French Riviera

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