Ten Things To Do In The South Of France

 
We came home last Saturday from a ten-day trip to the South of France. Or, as we like to call Gruissan, our little corner of paradise. After spending Christmas there, Easter was a first for us too. I have been to Gruissan with my Mum and the girls in the autumn as well and each season has its own particular charm. I thought I would put together for you the ten things we enjoyed the most during this holiday.
 

1. Take advantage of the numerous little cafés
Pains au chocolat and croissants for breakfast on market day. A rosé pamplemousse when it is apéritif time. A sinfully good crêpe mid-afternoon. Simply sitting there, relishing the sun on your face and watching the hustle and bustle of village life.
 
Café Terrace Vieux-Gruissan South of France
 
2. Admire the gorgeous reflections in the water
With the sea and many lagoons, there are a plethora of possibilities to come across a postcard perfect sight. I love the mirror image of the old, derelict Tour Barberousse in this picture and how the water sparkles.
 
Tour Barberousse Gruissan South of France
 
3. Discover new wines
Yes, even the ones with rather unusual names! This rosé was recommended to me and it did not disappoint. You can find out more about it here (if you can understand French!). We brought some home and I will keep an empty bottle for decoration, as I love this label.
 
Vin de Merde Wine Languedoc-Roussillon
 
4. Explore, explore, explore
We have by now spent a fair amount of time in the Languedoc-Roussillon region and every time we discover something new. A promise of adventure emanates from half hidden paths and stairs, just irresistible…
 
Stairs Notre Dame des Auzils Gruissan South of France
 
5. Vibrant markets
The market in Gruissan takes place three times a week, located on the main square only in the winter and taking over several streets in the summer. Every time, we buy a few jars of fragrant honey and perfumed olive oils to take back home with us. One of my summer rituals is also to buy cheap sunglasses to wear on the beach! But my favourite stall is where the spices are on display. I have to refrain from buying a little bag of each, mesmerized by the colours and smells…
 
Market Day Gruissan South of France
 
6. Dream
That one day, you will also be the owner of a flat, a house or just a shack similar to this one, with THAT view…
 
Fisherman's Shack Gruissan South of France
 
7. The maritime history of the region
This picture was taken in Notre Dame des Auzils, a chapel built almost at the top of a mountain where sailors and fishermen come to pray for protection. I have already written about the legend attached to Notre Dame des Auzils and its location. The walk up to the church is not too demanding and the place well worth a visit.
 
Ship Model Notre Dame des AuzilsGruissan South of France
 
8. Culinary delights
If you like fish, you will be in heaven. During our stay, my Mum cooked some very fresh scallops and obviously the taste did not compare to frozen ones. Oysters, mussels, sea bream… There is so much to choose from, including “couteaux flambés au whiskey”. According to Sexy Hubby, the meat dishes are equally mouth-watering. The cheese selection is of course unbelievable; personally, I am very keen on the numerous goat versions. We came home with some “vieux Comté” and a “saucisson sec aux girolles” from the market.
 
The Saltern of Saint Martin's Island Restaurant Menu Gruissan South of France
 
9. Art exhibitions
This time, we sadly did not make it to Carcassonne and to our friend Zanda’s studio. We went back to the Saltern of Saint-Martin’s Island, but the art gallery, Les Arts Salés, was still closed. We missed the opening by a few days only. Local artists can also be found in the Vieux-Gruissan.
 
The Saltern of Saint Martin's Island Les Arts Salés Art Gallery Gruissan South of France
 
10. Dog walks
If you have a dog like us, the walks on the beach or by the lagoon are an absolute delight. We love looking at Cute Doggy, ears in the wind, bouncing around, obviously very happy. As always he has been a bit subdued since we came back, I swear he misses his frolicking in the sand or observing life from HIS sun chair on the balcony. Well, we miss that too…
 
Dog walk lagoon Gruissan South of France
 
 
 
 

30 thoughts on “Ten Things To Do In The South Of France

      1. Funky Wellies Post author

        Thank you! 🙂
        Very sorry we did not make it to Carcassonne this time, but we will be back… 😉
        As for the wines, I am certain you can help! xx

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    1. Funky Wellies Post author

      That is exactly what I tried to do, glad it came across. 🙂
      Le Vin de Merde: apparently, wines from this region used to have a bad reputation and that was an expression used when drinking them. A lot of work has been done since but still, a winemaker decided to give his production this very tongue-in-cheek name. It does say underneath “The worst hides the best”, though… 😉 xx

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    1. Funky Wellies Post author

      It really was perfect… But then, we are never disappointed when we go there. 🙂
      Glad we are in agreement! 😉 xx

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  1. Jocasta

    …”a rosé pamplemousse when it is aperitif time”… which, as we know, can be fairly early in the day in this part of the world 😉

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    1. Funky Wellies Post author

      It is a totally different rythm of life for us when we go there.
      As for the colours and light, it is amazing how they change depending on the seasons. Really beautiful.
      Let me know if you go! xx

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  2. Trish

    This is such a super post, Katia, and your photos are exceptional. I really must explore this region of France – you have done an excellent job of inspiring me.

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    1. Funky Wellies Post author

      Thank you, Trish. 🙂
      If it inspired you, then I have done my job well… 😉
      Let me know if you decide to go, of course, could give you more tips! xx

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    1. Funky Wellies Post author

      Thank you, Emma. 🙂
      We really love that part of France, let me know if you decide to go. xx

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  3. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

    I’ve been buying vin de merde for funny occasions for a few years now as it’s sold in my local supermarket but it’s pretty over-priced compared to many rosés; worth it every now and then for the laugh factor though. You’ve captured your love for this region beautifully with lovely photos and spot on recommendations; (It’s school hols in my area right now so I just took my boys for one of those sneaky mid afternoon crêpes!) Next trip to the south you should come further east to my part of the south of France!

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    1. Funky Wellies Post author

      It certainly has a laugh factor. 🙂 I cannot remember how much it cost now but it did not seem far off from some other rosés we bought?
      Thank you for your lovely compliments.
      We will try and make it to your part of France! 😉 xx

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    1. Funky Wellies Post author

      It did, it was pretty good. 😉
      Cute Doggy just LOVES it there (and we do too). xx

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