Ideas for places to go in Mid-South France?

We've only ever been to northern france for long weekends but are considering taking a 2 week holiday and driving down to southern France in August. Therefore, we would really appreciate if anyone can give us some ideas of towns that we can look into staying in (we will be privately renting). We have heard... show more We've only ever been to northern france for long weekends but are considering taking a 2 week holiday and driving down to southern France in August.

Therefore, we would really appreciate if anyone can give us some ideas of towns that we can look into staying in (we will be privately renting). We have heard not even to bother heading to the Cote D-Azur in August because of the crowds so are looking for somewhere less touristy but still with enough to do.

We are happy to look anywhere from mid to all the way down to the Spanish border, as long as its going to be hot and also we don't mind if it is inland or by the coast. We are just looking for traditional towns with some sort of nightlife but not crazy just nice bars and restaurants that are more local prices than tourist prices! If we could drive to a beach in under an hour that would be good but if it is really inland we would try and rent a place with a pool.

We look forward to hearing from anyone with some ideas! Thanks!
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