The French Riviera is the ideal location for your Cote D'Azur holiday villa. Located in the south of France, the area offers a variety of regions attracting diverse visitors and offering a wide array of activities year round. .
Menton– Known as "The Lemon Party Capital of the World", Menton is located near the France-Italy border which gives holiday homes in the region an Italian flair. The old parts of Menton are largely pedestrian which gives the town most of its charm. Menton offers an array of lively activities such as the colourful Jean Cocteau Museum, beautiful gardens including the Garavan, and magnificent casinos such as the Royal Westminster and Ambassadeurs. For visitors staying in holiday homes in February, be sure to check out the Fête du Citron, which is the town's lemon party.
Nice is one of the most popular spots for holiday rentals along the French Riviera coast. Although Nice is popular amongst young visitors, it has something to offer for family and senior holidaymakers as well. The beaches in Nice consist entirely of gravel and rocks, so visitors staying in Nice holiday homes in the area should bring towels, sandals and cushions. However a few private beaches in Eze have added a layer of sand. These private beaches offer various services from restaurants and bars to lounge chairs for rental. Popular sites in Nice are the ruined castles overlooking the harbour and museums including, The Musee Chagall, Musee Matisse, and Musee et Site Archeologiques de Cimiez.
Alpes-Maritimes Valley - Bordering Italy and Monaco, the Alpes Maritimes is where the mountains and sea meet. Nice holiday villas in the area are scattered along several charming towns which vary in character. St Paul de Vence is an artist town while Mougins is the dining paradise with many colourful restaurants. No matter where you are, all Nice holiday accommodations have breathtaking views.
Antibes - Holiday cottages in Antibes are located in the break between the Bay of Cannes to the south-west and the Baie des Anges to the north east so the views are unbeatable. Antibes is popular amongst French families so for visitors staying at holiday homes are guaranteed an authentic French experience. At night, the streets are crowded with many enjoying outdoor restaurants in the old part of Antibes and in Juan les Pins. Be sure to ride your bike through the hills, shop at posh boutiques in Juan les Pins, visit the Picasso museum, and of course, go to the Cap at night.
Cannes- Known for its international Cannes film festival, Cannes has become synonymous with Hollywood and glamour. However, Cannes hosts a number of other events throughout the year including trade fairs and exhibitions. Cannes holiday rentals in the old town are located along narrow winding streets filled with restaurants and shops. Also when in Cannes, visit the beaches, which are mostly private but cost only around £15 per day. Also look out for the occasional fireworks displays in the bay.
Grasse - Home of the perfume industry, Grasse is built on the side of a hill inland from the coast of the French Riviera. Holiday rentals in Grasse have beautiful views of the Cannes and Antibes coast. Holiday homes in Grasse are ideal for visitors who enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking in the hills, riding horses, mountain biking, and playing golf and tennis. The most popular gold courses in the area are the Golf Country Club de Saint Donat or the Golf du Grande Bastide. Tennis players should check out the exclusive Tennis Club Plaine Le Vignal which also has a pleasant and cheap restaurant and a swimming pool. For horse riding check out the Club Hippique de La Brague or the Poney Club Ecole Equitation.
With 120km coastline and 40km of beaches of sand or shingle, remarkable sites, promontories, islands, it is not difficult to find a place to relax and get some sun when staying at a holiday home in any of the French Riviera's major cities; Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Menton. All the cities are equipped for water sports and boating. With its ideal Mediterranean weather all year-round, visitors staying at holiday rentals can enjoy an array of activities including sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, waterskiing, motor boating, rowing, sea kayaking, and deep-sea diving. These water sports are fun for children and adults.
The Alpes d'Azur has excellent activities for mountain lovers staying in holiday homes. With its gorgeous landscapes, every imaginable activity is within your available. This includes hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
The French Riviera is perfect for golfers staying at holiday rentals. With the Mediterranean in the background, the Cote d'Azur offers 21 golf courses with 19 open all year round and all located under half an hour away. There are 4 more golf courses in the mountains.
With nearly 100 museums and over 150 art galleries, the French Riviera offers the broadest range of museums in France after Paris. Look into getting the French Riviera Museum Pass which offers unlimited free priority access to museums, monuments, gardens on the Riviera from Fréjus to Menton.
Holiday accommodations on the French Riviera have all the benefits of being on the Mediterranean coast with exceptional weather all year. Sunshine and mild temperatures characterise the region year-round but it does rains heavily, though infrequently in March/April and October/November.
By plane, you can take direct flights to France's second largest airport, Nice Côte d'Azur is France's second largest airport after Paris. The best prices on airline travel can be found on easyJet and Ryanair.
By train, travel on express trains like TGV and Train Corail which link Paris to the French Riviera coast in 5 hours 25 minutes. For boat travel, look into Corsica Ferries and SNCM which provide daily links to the French Riviera coast and offers attractive discount rates.