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Hilltop seaside village in South of France

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Hilltop seaside village in South of France

We wil be travelling to France for the first time and will be spending about 7 days in the South of France, possibly between Avignon and Arles for 4 day. We want to spend a couple of days at the sea, preferably a smalled village located on a hill if possible, please advise as to some suggestions. If not what are the alternatives. My children are 9 and 11. Any suggestions re accomodation wou;ld be good too.

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1. Re: Hilltop seaside village in South of France

Avignon and Arles are in Provence. The coast of Languedoc Roussillon is flat all the way down to Collioure, Port Vendres, Banyuls and Cerbere. Collioure could be considered as hilly. Port-Vendres is a harbor, Banyuls and Cerbere are fishing villages. FInding a place both at the sea and on a hill will be difficult in this area unless you are willing to drive a few kilometers to the nearest beach - Cosprons near Port-Vendres maybe :-)

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2. Re: Hilltop seaside village in South of France

The Languedoc coast (and Camargue) are part of the Rhone Delta.

However, there are some very slight hills on the Languedoc coast. Research Sete and Cap d'Agde, Also worth looking at the village of Bouzigues on the Etang de Thau. Otherwise you need to head towards Spain or Marseille' to find locations where the hills meet the coast.


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3. Re: Hilltop seaside village in South of France

I think Collioure would be a good place to start but it is 2.5hrs away from Arles

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4. Re: Hilltop seaside village in South of France

For a village to be both perched on a hilltop and by the sea it would essentially havre to be on a cliff-top which would make access to the sea difficult. The closest place I can think of that more or less meets your criteria is Èze which is east of Nice. It has spectacular views of the coast but access to and from the sea on foot is a strenuous hike even for a fit adult.

Cassis which is a short distance east of Marseille is similar in atmosphere to Collioure and is backed by hills. You could reach it in about 1.5 hours from Arles.

Of course neither Èze nor Cassis is in Languedoc.

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5. Re: Hilltop seaside village in South of France

Sea / small village / on a hill......

The first two are easy but the hill is more difficult, as other posts have explained. I assume the hill is really for a scenic place, maybe you want a beach too.

About 1 hr from Arles is the Med coast starting at Carro and La Couronne with beaches, then Sausset with marina and longer beach, to Carry le Rouet with marina.This area slopes up from the sea but is not really hilly.

As you go east the land rises and Rouet with beach is very hilly, then comes a long stretch of coast which is very steep, almost cliffs in parts, where the few villages are reached via steep decents and sharp bends to the calanques, it is a pretty coastline.

The small villages, all with marinas are La Redonne, Mejean, and Niolon, but the steep rocky terrain means little beach. At Niolon is a restaurant, on the left on entering the village, with a high decking area with views over the harbour to Marseille in the distance.

Can't help much with accommodation, I stayed in Carry as it is central and drove around.

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