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Having decided last minute to attempt some early summer sun in May last year we found a great deal with Pierre et Vacances at their Six Four les Plages residence on the Provencal coast (edge of Mediterranean), a quiet little seaside town between Marseille and St Tropez.  The pool looked stunning on their website with views over a little harbour and the Med beyond so we were really looking forward to relaxing the southern French way!

The closest airport is Marseille, about an hour’s drive away, so the only drawback was having to hire a car and drive on the wrong side of the road to our residence.  Yikes.  That said the freedom of having a car to explore far outweighs the nerves.

We found cheap(ish) last minute flights with BA through Opodo (always worth a shot to find a good deal) and took off from Gatwick all a bubble of excitement at our week away from it all.

I’ve been to the South of France a few times, mainly Nice and Toulouse but never Marseille and from memory they drive like loons so I was pretty nervous about driving.  We picked up our car, added SatNav (a must!) and went on our merry way.

And what a beautiful drive it was too and very easy once I’d stopped trying to change gears with the door handle.  We passed through many pretty little towns and harbours before arriving at the residence.  The reception staff were really welcoming and helpful and gave us loads of info for what to do in the local area.

The apartment was very nice and had all the mod cons we needed, the beds were comfy and the area was nice and quiet so a peaceful sleep was guaranteed.  The view from the apartment (and my room in particular) was just beautiful, and we had a nice little terrace where we could watch the boats in the harbour and the sun setting each evening after a hard day at the poolside.

The pool was just as the website promised and as it was off peak there weren’t many kids around so all the more relaxing for us.  For the first few days we just wound down, enjoyed the early summer sun and worked on our tan.

There was one main bar in the town, which just so happened to make the best Apple Mojito and a darned good goat’s cheese salad – oh alright I admit it, the waiter was very cute too.  It also seemed to be the main hangout for all the locals making it an all the more authentic south of France experience, we felt like one of the gang – everyone was so friendly and welcoming.

We made the most of having the car and went on a day trip to St Tropez which is just over an hour’s drive away.

It was much smaller than I imagined but stunning just the same with one expensive boat berthed after another.  Along the harbour local artists were promoting their paintings – some of which were really magnificent!

Whilst there we went on a boat trip to see all the holiday homes of the rich and famous dotted along the coast – Dodi Al-Fayed and George Michael amongst them.  Some truly magnificent homes.  Not envious at all.

It’s certainly a lovely town, with an abundance of designer shops, flash cars, expensive yachts and speed boats but it comes with equally as much pretentiousness which isn’t really my cup of tea but a definite must see.  Give me my little bar in Six Four les Plages with the hot waiter and friendly locals any time!

We took a trip to the next town, Sanary sur Mer, on our last night and treated ourselves to a slap up meal in a lovely little French restaurant – again the staff were so nice and gave us the low down on where the food and wine were sourced from, recommending the best options on the menu and generally being friendly and chatty.

Altogether it was a really enjoyable and relaxing holiday, nothing too hectic and not too heavy on the finances either – I would certainly recommend and would go again!

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