Are you going on holiday later to enjoy the Indian summer and still don't know where to go in September? Don't panic, here is our selection of the best destinations during the off-season in France while waiting for the rest of the world to reopen its borders?

Where to go in September to enjoy the sea?

The Var is an ideal destination in September. This department of the PACA region has a multitude of seaside resorts, each with equally beautiful beaches but often crowded and expensive in summer. However, in September, summer holidaymakers have left the coast and prices are milder. So it's up to you to discover the sublime beaches of Hyères, Le Lavandou or Bormes-les-Mimosas!

Rather expensive in high season, the Ile de Ré is more accessible in September. In the Bay of Biscay, facing the port of La Rochelle, it stretches 30 km long and 5 km to 70 m wide. It is linked to the mainland by the bridge that bears its name. Labelled a "Pays d'art et d'histoire", the island is home to 10 charming little villages, beaches, cycle paths and unspoilt nature. Thalassotherapy, hiking, visiting oyster beds or salt marshes, tasting pineau and cognac, fishing on foot are on the program. You will also appreciate the cobbled streets lined with charming houses, the landscape of the dunes, the ocean and its tides, fish and shellfish tasting.

Where to go in September to get some fresh air?

Considered the most beautiful canyon in Europe and a protected natural site since 1990, the Verdon gorges are truly one of the jewels of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Straddling the departments of Var and Alpes de Haute-Provence, these gorges offer a wide variety of landscapes beyond their sublime canyon. In September, the summer crowds, usually very large, left the region. It is therefore a good time to enjoy the beaches of the magnificent Sainte-Croix lake and to swim in peace in its turquoise waters

The Camargue is also a very pleasant destination in September for nature lovers. Formed by the Rhone delta, it straddles the departments of Gard and Bouches-du-Rhône. Land of white horses, celebrated in the film Crin-Blanc, and black bulls, it is watched over by herdsmen who are not unlike the American cowboys and who gather in manades. Stroll in the Camargue and you will admire a rich fauna and flora, made up of bulls and horses, but also flamingos, reeds and sand lilies. You will see salt marshes and rice fields, jewels of the Camargue economy

Where to go in September for a city break?

September is the ideal month to go to Nice because the tourists are less numerous than in July and August and the weather is still very nice. Between sea and green hills, Nice - 5th largest city in France - has about 10 km of coastline, including 7.5 km of beach, enough to attract holidaymakers! Nice is also the Vieux-Nice and its picturesque market town Saleya, which smells of Provence, a dozen museums including the famous Matisse Museum or the fascinating Marc Chagall Museum and of course its Promenade des Anglais which runs along the Baie des Anges where it is always pleasant to go for a swim

Also in the South, Aix-en-Provence enjoys an ideal climate in September. Historic capital of Provence, Aix-en-Provence has kept all its splendour and shines in many ways for its heritage. In the heart of the city, the Cours Mirabeau gives an idea of the richness of Aix-en-Provence. Almost 500 m long, it is the link between the Mazarin district, to the south, and the old commercial city, to the north. Enjoy its shaded terraces, the facades of its houses and its four fountains, harmoniously distributed from one end to the other. Further on, take a stroll along the pedestrian streets around the squares... What a beautiful city with a change of scenery!

Where to go in September for a holiday with family and friends?

September announces the end of the summer holidays and we enter the low season. The advantage of this period is that prices are falling and the temperatures are still as mild as ever. All travel ideas that you didn't realize during the summer holidays are once again affordable in terms of price

And if you let yourself be tempted by a discovery of the Hauts-de-France in September? Thanks to the Indian summer and lower prices than elsewhere, you could make an unforgettable stay there! With 190 km of coastline from the Bay of the Somme to the Opal Coast, from the English Channel to the North Sea, sumptuous landscapes of cliffs and moors, Belle Époque villas and beaches with vintage cabins, lighthouses and dunes, the Hauts-de-France is a destination not lacking in charm. This region is home to a remarkable natural heritage and four regional parks with bocage biotopes, marshes, forests, coasts and other areas of great biodiversity. The region also stands out for the richness of its heritage with, in particular, the cathedrals of Beauvais and Amiens, the castle of Pierrefonds, the half-timbered houses of Compiègne and the belfry of the town hall of Douai.

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