The French way of life is a work of art. It’s what they refer to as the ‘art de vivre’ and you don’t need to be in the country long to get a taste for it.
Nowhere is it more present than in Mougins, a place with more gastronomy per square mile than any other location in France. It abounds in the sophistication of Cannes and St Tropez on the Cote d’Azur. And it exists in the very landscape of Provence, a land of light and colour where the languid Rhône winds its way through fruit orchards and fields of lavender.
The Camargue is a triangular area lying on the coast between the Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence. Much of it is under water and its inland salt water lakes teem with wildlife including pink flamingos, Camargue horses and Camargue bulls.
Hop across to Corsica, the island described by Balzac as ‘a French island basking in the Italian sun’ and you’ll find a wildly different range of landscapes. Corsica is a fantastic destination for self-drive itineraries. It’s got mountains, fields and miles of shimmering coastline. It has a wild side too: wild boar wander and tortoises totter freely by your feet.
When to go
France and Corsica are both year-round destinations. But we like them best during the long, hot summer months between May and September.