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Itinerary for Southern France late Fall


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My sister has a conference in Nice at the end of October and has invited me to tag along. Both of us have been to Antibes in recent years and also travelled in Provence. So we thought it might be nice to explore small towns along the coast or just slightly inland for a week or 10 days. We don’t really care to stay in Nice as we would like to be in a smaller “off the beaten path type of town”, if that’s possible, in southern France. We don’t mind meandering as we will have a car. We love walking, meeting people, exploring new places and having good food and wine.
*An idea I have come up with so far as possibility is maybe a 5 days in Villefranche Sur Mer, (daytripping to Eze, Menton, Saint Paul de Vence) - or alternatively basing in St Paul de Vence or -Beaulieu-sur-Mer with similar day trips.
*After that I’m thinking of spending 2 or 3 days in Borme Les Mimosas. Daytripping to - Hyères, and maybe to Porquerolles island.
* for a final stop I am wondering about either Carsconne or Narbonne. Maybe for three or four days and doing day trips, from which ever one we wound up at. Anyone with experience in this area who would care to advise. I’ve only read about these places in books and of course, there is no substitute for those who have experienced it in real life. Thanks in advance.


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Narbonne. Interesting and in a good position for touring the surrounds which might include a circuit to Carcassonne, then east along the Canal du MIDI to Béziers as a day trip. It might include a stop in Sete and a coastal run to Agde & back to Narbonne.


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Further South there is Collioure or about six miles inland the town of Ceret. That has you perched by the Pyranees with access to Spain. I personally love the villages along the Canal du MIDI, though.


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Maison Rose thanks so much. We were thinking about Collioure as I discovered it in my reading and was intrigued. Any villages in particular along the Canal du MIDI you would recommend?


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You can Google villages on the Canal du MIDI, which I just did in order to refresh my memory. If you want to try Cassolet then start at Carcassonne and stay for early lunch. My favorite stop is Le Somail, a tiny stop but picaresque and full of canal boats as well as several lunch or wine pauses. A larger town over toward Béziers is Capestang and in that area follow the small road throughHomps, Poilhes and Columbiers. Somewhere along
there is a prehistoric hill figure and seven step locks. Try this

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