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Best Drives in Southeast France

by Jack Guy

Apr 14, 2019

Vanoise National Park, France © Dga1958 | Dreamstime

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Road tripping is a great way to cover lots of ground in a new place, and these routes let you explore the best of southeast France.

The Blue Coast, or Cote Bleu, is the name given to the stretch between Marseille and Martigues. It’s less famous than the Cote d’Azur, but the beaches are less crowded and things are generally more affordable.

If you want to head inland for a while, try a drive through the Luberon. It’s north of Aix-en-Provence, and you will find amazing natural features, such as the Gorges de Verdon and Lake Sainte-Croix. There are also lots of vineyards in the area.

The drive from the fishing village of Cassis to St. Tropez is one of the busiest routes in the south of France in summer. However, if you are in the area in shoulder season you can explore without the crowds, and it really is worth the trip.

Another top drive is from Nice to Gap through the Mercantour National Park and the foothills of the Alps. It’s surprising how quickly the terrain changes from beach resort to snow-capped mountains, and there are some fantastic views to be had along the way.

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