As if we needed an excuse to dream of traveling to France. But with vaccinations on the way to South Africa, we say dream big!

Here are our top three towns to visit in 2021

1. Avignon

Avignon is found in south-eastern France in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, sitting pretty on the left bank of the River Rhône. While formally deemed a city, Avignon feels more like a lively village rich with history, music, art, culture and so much more! To this day there are many fine examples of medieval architecture, beautiful courtyards and gardens and so much more scattered throughout the city that make for beautiful viewing. Foodies will be in heaven when paying a visit to Les Halles, Avignon’s central market, which has a large variety of local produce including speciality bread, various cheeses, olives and Mediterranean vegetables.

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2. Marseille

An outdoor stroll in this port city will showcase yachts and pleasure boats aplenty – which also provides a fantastic opportunity to take to the seas and enjoy the great outdoors in all its glory. Diverse neighbourhoods, museums, stylish boutiques, gourmet French cuisine and more await you on a trip to Marseille.

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3. Nice

After being bound indoors for the better part of 12 months, the sights, sound and smell of the sea are just what the doctor ordered. When it comes to seaside beauty, it doesn’t get better than Nice. Sea views for days and sunshine all year round, Nice is a winner and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoors activities (and opportunities to social distance) – swimming, relishing in stunning sunsets, lazing by the beach, kayaking, skating and so much more!

All of these destinations are easily reached via a direct flight to Paris with Air France, and a quick onward journey to your final fabulous French destination.

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