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August 2019 / Travel / by Sophie Hampton

Visiting the South of France in October?

Here’s How To Do France In The Autumn.

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Some say that Autumn is the best time to visit the French Riviera, and with good reason. You still have the stunning beauty of the glittering Mediterranean sea, the idyllic cobbled streets, the sprawling markets and the rustic vineyards, but without quite so many people! But with slightly cooler weather and different seasonal activities, the South of France in October requires a whole different itinerary to the summertime. Not to worry – we’ve made this guide of where to go in France in October, detailing what to do on your trip.

Shopping in the South of France in October

Autumn is the time to make the most of the Cote d’Azur’s charming market culture. Alongside the usual array of designer stores and boutiques, October sees lots of pop-up bazaars where you can find antiques and locally-crafted treasures. The best ones are:

Pezenas Antique Market

Pezenas is a stunning medieval village renowned for its antiques. Twice a year, in May and October, it plays host to the south of France’s largest antique fair, at which you can find everything from furniture to jewellery, and from trinkets to posters. Falling on the second Sunday of every October, the next will be on the 13th October 2019.

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Les Halles, Sète Market

If you’re in the South of France in October and want a real taste of local life, head to Les Halles in Sète. With a textile bazaar (held at Place Aristide Briand), a colourful flower market, and a plethora of tempting food stalls/restaurants (both at Place Léon Blum), this all-encompassing brocante is the hub of the town. A perfect spot for long lunching, people watching and gift purchasing – find it every Wednesday by the town hall.

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Eating in the South of France in October

Autumn in France brings bountiful harvests of wine, olives, figs and wild mushrooms, meaning eating out at this time of year is a treat. Below are three of our favourite restaurants to visit in fall – eateries that won’t close once the summer season is over:

Bastide de Moustiers, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

On the shaded terrace of this luxury hotel lies a truly divine eating spot, La Bastide de Moustiers. Here you’ll find perfectly paired flavours and a sommelier who can find a well-priced wine to suit everyone. Go on a sunny autumn evening to take advantage of the stunning views.

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L’Auberge des Maures, Saint-Tropez

St Tropez is the place to go for all things chic, and this Provencal eaterie doesn’t disappoint. With fresh seafood dishes that will blow you away and excellent service, this is the perfect setting for anything from a casual late-night bite to a romantic dinner.

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La Montgolfiere Henri Geraci, Monaco

Where to go in France in October when you crave fine dining in a welcoming, family-run restaurant? Look no further than La Montgolfiere, where Chef Henri will deliver you beautifully presented Mediterranean food with a Japanese twist. Try favourites such as the black cod for a true taste explosion.

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Events in the South of France in October

The South of France in October is also a time to indulge in the arts. Once the weather is slightly cooler, people start to search for activities other than simply lying on the beach, meaning Autumn is the perfect time for culture vultures to visit. Discover our pick of events below:

Painting workshop, Roussillon, 28th September to 5th October

If you love nothing more than to browse properties for sale on the Cote d’Azur, why not try out Riviera living with a weeklong painting course in Roussillon, said to be one of the most scenic spots in south-eastern France. Get in touch with your artistic side from the comfort of a charming Provencal farmhouse, surrounded by autumnal vines, cypresses and lavender fields.

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Piano series 1: Chopin, Cannes, 20th October

Experience the compositions of one of history’s finest musical geniuses performed by world-class pianist Francesco Piemontesi. Spend an afternoon soaking up the dramatic, fiery melodies at Cannes Palace de Festivals.

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C’est Pas Classique, Nice, November (dates TBC)

Experience three days of free musical concerts spanning everything from heart-wrenching violin solos to uplifting philharmonic orchestra shows. Join 50,000 music-lovers in interactive workshops and rediscover your love for classical music.