Princess Beatrice’s honeymoon in the south of France: romantic road trip ideas the royal would approve of

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Lottie Gross

Royal newlyweds Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzis were spotted honeymoon in the south of France last month.

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The couple tied the knot on July 17 in a surprise ceremony at the All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park after their original marriage was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Continuing their spontaneity, they packed their car last week and hit the road across the Channel for a mini honeymoon.

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The south of France is prime land for road trips, so with Edoardo behind the wheel (according to an eagle-eyed tourist), there’s no doubt the couple are having a fantastic time.

We know very little about what they did, but there is a lot to see and do. Here’s a little sneak peek at what they might enjoy on their French mini-moon.

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Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are on their honeymoon in the south of France

Where is Princess Beatrice on her honeymoon?

There are very few details on the couple’s route, but they were spotted driving their car in the south of France. This part of the country is famous for its glitzy cities, namely Saint-Tropez and Cannes, and its spectacular beaches.

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The region is also home to the Pyrenees Mountains to the west and the Alps rise up from the coast to the east. This means the couple could enjoy majestic mountain hikes (we love the southern part of the Route des Grandes Alpes near Nice) and some excellent hikes – the Cagire Loop is a challenging but rewarding walk.

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Road trip in France is the perfect excuse for wine

Of course, you can’t visit France without sipping on some of its best wines, and in the south of France there are plenty of vineyards to explore. In eastern Provence, blushing rosé wines pair perfectly with the region’s cuisine – think garlic, tomatoes, anchovies, and olives – while to the east, Languedoc is one of the country’s main wine regions.

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Top attractions such as the Roman aqueduct of Pont-du-Gard and the impressive Gorges du Verdon make excellent stops on a French road trip.

What are the most beautiful beaches in the south of France?

Whether the couple are looking for secluded coves or chic beach clubs, the French Riviera has a stretch of sand for every occasion. Flashy yachts sail past Paloma Beach in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, where a world-renowned restaurant serves sensational fresh seafood and offers sun loungers for hire, while La Pointe de l’Aiguille has beautiful sandy beaches backed by steep red cliffs.

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The Calanques have one of the best views around

For complete solitude and privacy, the couple should head to the Calanques, where dizzying limestone cliffs protect a series of small coves and bays on the fringes of a national park.

Are there hotels worthy of the royal family in the south of France?

Absolutely. Having long been the playground of the rich and famous – and many royals before Beatrice and Edoardo – the French Riviera is full of ultra-luxurious bolt holes. The Hotel Martinez in Cannes has been welcoming high society since the 1920s and its glamor is unparalleled, while in Saint-Tropez is one of the most famous hotels in the world: the Byblos hotel. A celebrity playground, even Prince Charles has spent time at this bustling luxury hotel.

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In Nice, eminent artists, politicians and royalty have signed the guest book of the Hotel Le Negresco, where 16,309 crystal chandeliers and stunning stained glass are the norm.

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Hotel Martinez in Cannes has been a celebrity haunt for decades

How to get to the south of France?

If you yourself fancy a French odyssey, copy the newlyweds and put your car away. From the south coast of England, you can cross the English Channel by ferry and then follow the motorway to the French Riviera. It’s a 12 hour journey, but you can choose to stop in exciting cities such as Reims and Lyon to interrupt the trip.

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Alternatively, there are many flights from UK airports to Nice, Marseille and Avignon.

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