Advice on driving to France and where to holiday in the south

Next year we're thinking of driving to the south of France which will be a first for us. We live in Yorkshire so plan to drive to Folkestone and take the train across before driving to the South of France over 2 or 3 days with stopovers maybe in Paris and somewhere else along the way.

We'd be looking at renting a villa with pool for a week or so once we get to the South but not sure on the best places to stay. We will be taking our 11 year old son and dog with us so need somewhere with a dog friendly beach if possible (I know they are quite rare in France from what I've read). We've found a villa in Vias which looks like but I can't find a great deal about the area. Does anyone know if it's a decent place to visit?

Any other tips for driving to the south of France are more than welcome


  • sheramber
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    Depending on when you intend going.

     Beaches may be closed to dogs  for the summer period- May to October - when the beaches will be very busy.

    .is there a tourism department/agency for the area?

    Try a Google search for  'dog friendly beaches VIAS'.  or 'dog friendly beaches France'.

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