France Road Trip (South of France Itinerary - 7 Cities) By car

Bordeaux - Marseille route length:975.645 km number of points of interest:7

Is in the charming French region, where came together, it seems, all the best in life. The beautiful blue sea, the long, emerald plains, rising on the horizon in the hot afternoon haze of bluish mountains, the measured life of the province and the unfailing friendliness of the locals — in the smiles, hearts, caring, very home how to treat guests. The beauty and splendor of this life you can feel fully in the South of France. South of France — the concept is not so much the formal administrative and geographical how much if I may say so, "psychic". For example, such historically different region like Languedoc — Roussillon and Provence — Alpes — Cote d'azur firmly binds together the Mediterranean sea: everywhere, wonderful beaches and excellent infrastructure "complete". Cote d'azur and the beauty of the coast and surrounding nature is not inferior to the resorts in the vicinity of Montpellier. To the South can be attributed to the Department of MIDI — pyrénées (in its name already contains the geographical "binding"). Magnificent seascapes generously diluted here the picturesque chain of the Pyrenees — the nature of the more austere, but no less attractive.

Interesting places

The history of the city goes back to the I century BC, when on the left Bank of the Garonne settled by Celtic tribes bituriges. One of the tribes called vobiscum, had a center in Burdigala — the immediate predecessor of Bordeaux. In the I century BC the city was conquered by Julius Caesar and his successors made it the capital of Aquitaine, and Gaul. The ancient city described in his writings, local resident, Avani. In the middle Ages by the Dukes of Aquitanie (Gascony) were English kings of the Plantagenet dynasty (house of Anjou). With their arrival in Bordeaux was transformed: they built new buildings, expanded the Cathedral of St. Andrew, developed Bordeaux wine. The British loved the wine "claret," and since then it has been exported in large quantities from the Medoc and Lafite to Albion. At the end of the hundred years war Bordeaux became part of France, and lost liberties, granted to the British crown[3]. In the XVIII century thanks to a flourishing "triangle trade" with America in the city returned to prosperity. In 1746, the Governor, the Marquis de Турниrufr promised to make Bordeaux one of the most beautiful cities of the French Kingdom. The city centre was transformed in accordance with the principles of classicism. The interests of the local bourgeoisie during the Revolution was represented by the party of the Girondins. The city's name is inextricably linked fates of famous thinkers are Montaigne and Montesquieu. The value of Bordeaux continued to grow with the expansion of the French colonial possessions. Most of the trade with the mother country went through Bordeaux. Fleeing the German invasions, the French government and Parliament were in Bordeaux in 1870-1871 and in the autumn of 1914. In 1940, when the German army approached Paris, in Bordeaux for the third time took refuge by the French government. During the war the city several times been bombed.
Cordes (Cordes) or Cordes-sur-Ciel — a small town in the MIDI-Pyrenees region, southwest France, near Albi and 85 km from Toulouse. He was the first fortress city — bastide in southwest France, a new type of city, designed to cover and protect the inhabitants during the Albigensian crusade organized by the Pope to combat heresy Qatar. Cord is also called "Corde-sur-Ciel", because it seems to be floating above the horizon. In the 13th century the city, whose inhabitants were Cathars were excommunicated by the Pope. Later, a Cord caught the plague, after which it went into decline and never recovered until the early 20th century. Restoration work began in the 40-ies of the 20th century under the guidance of artist Yves Brahe. Here you can see the fortress wall and some gates were erected by the founder of the city, Raymond VII, count of Toulouse in 1222. There are some houses in the Gothic style: the house of the chief of the Falconer, than the carved facade is decorated with a Falcon, and House of Americanmasters, limosinas standing on the pavement of the street. Among other sights is the gate of 14th century clock, the stairs father-Nestler in which the same number of steps, how many words of Catholic prayer "our father". Although the atmosphere of decline can still be felt.
French commune located in the Aude Department in the region of Languedoc — Roussillon. Carcassonne is the Prefecture of the Department. Carcassonne is divided into old and new town. The old, fortified town stands on a rocky promontory and surrounded by two walls of the V and XIII centuries. In 1997 the medieval architectural complex was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.
Collioure (Collioure) — jewel of the Vermillion coast. This former fishing village now turned into a "Saint-Tropez" of Roussillon. She became famous in the early 20th century, when here came the Henri Matisse and Andre Derain, and later joined Picasso and Braque, seduced by the spectacular scenery and unique light. Artistic reputation continues today: over 30 galleries and workshops located in the old fishing quarter known as Le More, and a significant proportion of street artists paints portraits of tourists on the waterfront of Collioure. This is one of the most interesting cities of the Mediterranean coast of Languedoc-Roussillon.
Sète (Sete) is a small town near Montpellier, in the South of France. Known as the "Venice of Languedoc" and the "Singular island", Seth is an important port (the 11th largest in France) and popular seaside resort in the Mediterranean, with its own strong cultural indentichnost, traditions, cuisine and dialect. Until 1928 the town was called Cette. The Set was filmed famous Comedy the 1959 movie "Babette goes to war" — with Brigitte Bardot in the lead role. Sète is the Eastern beginning of the famous Canal du Midi, included in the UNESCO world heritage list, as well as the end point of the Canal du Rhône à Sète. In the vicinity of the Set you can see many monuments of the Gallo-Roman era, authentic Languedoc towns and villages, wine cellars, farm clams and oysters and the unique nature of the lake.
Aigues-Mortes (Aigues-Mortes) is a small medieval town in the South of France, in Languedoc-Roussillon, located about 40 km from nîmes and Montpellier. This is one of the best preserved fortress towns in France. The name of Aigues-Mortes with French language translates as "Dead Water" — it is associated with saline lakes from which salt is mined. On the South of the city it is possible to see (by car) natural reserve of the Camargue, mainly on the roads of the Parc Regional de Carmargue. One of the most famous attractions of the Camargue is Aigues-Mortes, “dead waters.” Located in the middle of dark swamps and lagoons, melancholic Aigues-Mortes is located in the middle of the four navigation channels. Although he is now removed from the sea 6 km, once it was a thriving port. Louis IX and his crusaders left in their ninth crusade.
The main city thoroughfare — the Boulevard of La Canebière comes from the Old port to the East. The train station is at the North end of Boulevard Aten, which, in turn, leaves to the North. Just a few blocks South of Cours Julien, parallel to the Boulevard Garibaldi — the large pedestrian area with fountains, palm trees, cafes, restaurants and theatres. Trade was traditionally concentrated around Rue Paradis, which is in process of advance to the South was becoming more and more chic. In recent decades, the shops on Rue Paradis inferior to large retail chains, settled on the parallel pedestrian street Saint Ferreol. The marine station is on the seafront, 250 m to the West, a short walk from the New Cathedral.

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