Southern France Motorhome Tour

1000km Motorhome tour in France from Oradour Sur Glane to Monaco

A stunning Motorhome tour in France from either way you decide to drive it. Starting at the most Northern point is the memorial town of Oradour Sur Glane. A touching city with a harrowing past that will move you to tears. A must see destination and a reminder of the autrocities that occured during the Great Wars. Driving South from Oradour you will arrive at Collonges la Rouge, a town on the pilgrimage route and also famous for its red houses. Next on the list in Padirac, an amzing cave system, with tours and underwater gondolas for you to experience. Rocamadour is the next town to experience, certainly take care if you are afraid of heights. This town is built on the side of a cliff. You can stand at the very top and look down over the town, a scary experience but an amazing sight to see, especially with the churches and shops below. Cahors, one of the larger destinations on this Motorhome Tour is next. A lovely city to visit with its shops and bars however it has a long history and an amazing sight in the Valentre Bridge.

Driving your motorhome to the next destination to experience the walled city of Carcassone, a very stunning location with amazing architecture. Arles with its Roman amphitheatre, and roman ruins is a must see for anybody interested in history, if not then the street bars and restaurants offer a relaxing and sunny place to be. Leaving here and travelling slightly South to the small port town of Carro is a place where you can escape the world. A small motorhome stop is placed next to the water front and surfers ride the waves from morning to night. Next on the southern motorhome trip is the world famous resort of St Tropez. What can i say that you dont already know, yachts, beach, surf, sun, what else do you need? Last on the list, i have added Monaco. So many choices between Nice, Cannes but i added Monaco because i think it is a place that is worth a visit, for a walk around and sightseeing if nothing else.

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Oradour Sur Glane

Burnt car at oradour sur glane

Oradour-sur-Glane is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Limousin region in west-central France. The original village was destroyed on 10 June 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. A new village was built after the war on a nearby site but on the orders of the then French president, Charles de Gaulle, the original has been maintained as a permanent memorial and museum.

Oradour – Collonges la Rouge 139km

Collonges la Rouge

Collonges-la-Rouge is a village in the Corrèze department in the Limousin region of France. Collonges la Rouge is entirely built with red sandstone from the local quarry and has been in exsistence since the 8th century ( The marketplaces date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, and the covered passage is listed as a historical monument.), when the monks of Charroux Abbey founded a priory. Peasants, craftesmen and tradesmen all move to the area and propspered around the abbey walls on the trade of Pilgrims who were travelling to Compestelle in Spain from Rocamadour.

Collonges la Rouge – Padirac 35km

Gouffre de Padirac

Padirac or Gouffre de Padirac is a cave located near Gramat, in the Lot département, in France. The chasm itself is approximately 99 m (325 ft) around its rim with a diameter of approximately 35 metres (115 ft). Visitors descend 75 m via a lift or a staircase before entering the cave system. The cave, at a depth of 103 metres (338 ft), contains a subterranean river system that is partly negotiable by boat. This cave system is regarded as “one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena of the Massif Central”.

Padirac – Rocamadour 14km

Rocamadour

Rocamadour, For nearly a thousand years, the narrow, lonely canyon of the Alzou has been home to a cluster of buildings clinging to the rock half way up the sheer cliffs; and from this improbable spot, a powerful call has gone out, drawing millions of the faithful to the shrine of the Black Virgin of Rocamadour. From very early times, a chapel dedicated to Our Lady existed here, looked after by a few Benedictine monks, but it was only after the discovery of the perfectly-preserved body of Saint Amadour in 1166 that a pilgrimage began to develop.

Rocamadour – Cahors 62km

Cahors

Chief city of the Lot, Cahors lies in a meander of the river as it has for about 2000 years since the Romans founded it. That era was prosperous, although relatively few vestiges are visible (the underground car park contains a 55 m section of wall from the amphitheater). The medieval city, which timidly reformed after the upheaval of the Roman Empire’s fall, was much smaller, confined to the eastern side of the meander by ramparts, and centered on the cathedral with its two domes.

Cahors – Carcassone 204km

Carcassone

The Cité de Carcassonne is a medieval fortified architectural group located in the French city of Carcassonne, in the department of Aude, in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. It is located on the right bank of the Aude, on the hill, in the south-east part of the actual city. It was the historic city of Carcassonne. The Cité de Carcassonne was founded in the Gallo-Roman period. It derives its reputation from double surrounding walls (3 km in length) with 52 towers. The town has about 2,500 years of history: it has seen the Romans, Visigoths,Saracens and Crusader

Carcassone – Arles 224km

Arles

Arles, is the third largest town in the Bouches-du-Rhone in population, but it is the largest township (“commune”) in France in surface area. Arles is listed on three different types of UNESCO World heritage lists. Arles is the gateway to the Camargue, the delta of the Rhône River, among the most beautiful natural sites in Europe. Its fauna and flora, protected by the Regional Park of Camargue, are exceptionally rich and varied. To the north of the city stretches the Regional Park of the Alpilles, the second park in the Arles area, with agricultural land and Mediterranean forests, habitat for more than one hundred rare or protected species.

Arles – Carro 62km

Carro

Carro Harbour, France

Carro, located on the Côte Bleue on the Mediterranean coast is a port town, well known for its windsurfing, fishing and its rescue stations which has been in use since 1868, and still carries out many sea rescues thanks to its “unsinkable canoe”. The port is home to 30 professional fishing vessels and can accommodate 200 pleasure boats in its port. The beach is next to the port where windsurfers take to the waves throughout the day. There is also a large motorhome “Aires” where you can park and watch the waves. There is electric hook ups, water and waste emptying facilities.

Carro – St Tropez 173km

St Tropez

St.Tropez can be dated back to ancient times when it is believed to have been a fishing village established by the Phoenicians. The town took its name from Torpes, an important Roman nobleman who converted to Christianity and was later martyred in 68AD. His body came ashore here (accompanied by a rooster and dog, the rooster who flew off to give Cogolin its name, he gave the town and the bay a patron saint who is still celebrated in festivals to this day.

St Tropez – Monaco 153km

Monaco

Discover the best that Monaco has to offer with the great Attractions on offer in Monaco, the Outdoor Activities to enjoy when visiting the country, Festivals of all sorts not to be missed and if you are driving then keep safe and learn the driving laws and regulations to be adhered to and emergency contact numbers if there is any accident or illness. Whether you are planning a trip or just browsing the country details for information, you are sure to find plenty to give you food for thought on these pages.

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