43 days in Argeles-sur-Mer & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

43 days in Argeles-sur-Mer & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Argeles-sur-Mer
— 9 nights
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 5 nights
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Six-Fours-les-Plages
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 9 nights
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Argeles-sur-Mer — 9 nights

Argelès-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.It is about 25 km from Perpignan.GeographyArgelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.Argelès-sur-Mer is on the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, close to the Spanish border. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Argeles-sur-Mer: Narbonne (Abbaye de Fontfroide, Les Halles de Narbonne, &more), Perpignan (Spas & Castillet) and La Maison du Rire (in Coustouge). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Domaine Boudau, stroll through Reserve Africaine de Sigean, steep yourself in history at Cathedrale St-Jean, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Madeloc.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Argeles-sur-Mer trip itinerary maker.

Manchester, UK to Argeles-sur-Mer is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Argeles-sur-Mer. In May, Argeles-sur-Mer is somewhat warmer than Manchester - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer — 3 nights

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Take a break from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer with a short trip to Chateau de L'Hauture in Fos-Sur-Mer, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore by horseback at L'Ecurie de l'Auberge Cavaliere du Pont des Bannes, and see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer road trip planning site.

You can drive from Argeles-sur-Mer to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Avignon.
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Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

Avignon — 5 nights

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). Dedicate the 17th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip tool.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In May in Avignon, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence — 5 nights

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aix-en-Provence: Marseille (Cathédrale La Major, Le Vieux Port, &more) and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume). There's much more to do: make a trip to Paul Cezanne’s Studio, examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, visit Cours Mirabeau, and take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Six-Fours-les-Plages.
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Six-Fours-les-Plages — 5 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Six-Fours-les-Plages: Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet), Cassis (Port de Cassis, Trolib, &more) and La Ciotat (Musee des Chantiers Naval & Route des Cretes).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Six-Fours-les-Plages trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Six-Fours-les-Plages by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Six-Fours-les-Plages are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 6 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Sainte-Maxime (Kelys & Galerie Regard), Dune La Londe (in La Londe Les Maures) and Port Grimaud (in Grimaud). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, take in nature's colorful creations at Kuentz le Monde des Cactus, head outdoors with Eco Gliss, and get engrossed in the history at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime.

Start your trip to Saint-Raphael by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Six-Fours-les-Plages to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 9 nights

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Villa Eilenroc, Musee Picasso, &more), Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more) and Square Frank Jay Gould (in Juan-les-Pins). Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and get great views at Mt Boron.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip builder.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in June, expect nights in Nice to be a bit warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.