Summer holidays in French Riviera

A gem nestled between the Mediterranean, the Atlantic Coast and the Pyrenees


Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
HomeAway travel expert



Bay of CannesCote d'azur, or the French Riviera, is often associated with its glamorous appeal to high profile holidaymakers. However, this region of southern France shouldn’t be pigeon-holed, and holidaymakers can discover for themselves how versatile the Cote d’azur can be. Experience for yourself the staggering natural beauty, spectacular beaches, and exquisite cuisine. The contrast of the imposing mountain ranges and serene coastline offers travellers the chance to return to nature, and embrace the wonderful climate. Moreover, many towns and villages in this region reflect the influence of Mediterranean culture, offering a contrast from the northern regions of France.

Trail the harbour of your chosen destination, or explore the majestic castles in the picturesque medieval villages nestled in the mountains. After a day following your unique itinerary, retire to HomeAway gites, or stylish apartments, and sample some of the finest wines in Europe. Sip a glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape before enjoying a dynamic evening in Nice or Toulon. Or, alternatively, spend an evening in your local village practising your French with locals, before a proactive day in this stunning corner of France.  

 

Top five destinations along the Cote d'Azur


   

Agay Summer in Agay

Agay, a picturesque seaside resort, boasts some of the French Riviera’s finest beaches and stunning greenery, offering you ample opportunity to uncover unique natural beauty spots. Visitors can explore the enchanting coves scattered along the coastline, or soak up the spectacular sunshine with globetrotters and locals alike. Avid hikers, meanwhile, can embark on a trek up Le Massif de L'Esterel, to find a unique vantage point for incredible panoramic views of the area. Moreover, the versatile terrain can be explored on horseback or bicycle, offering you an opportunity to meet other holidaymakers, or to bond with your travel companions across the beautiful landscape.

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Tarascon Summer in Tarascon

Tarascon remains an idyllic location for those of you seeking glorious weather on the Rhone. To fulfil a quintessential French itinerary, don’t miss the weekly markets: practise your French with local market sellers, purchasing local produce to prepare at home. Alternatively, take advantage of the exquisite French restaurants dotted around the area. Visit St. Martha's Collegiate Church, a spectacular building which reflects both Romanesque and Gothic influence on the development of the town, or visit the museum dedicated to the mythical monster that hails from the town, the Tarasque! The medieval castle, Chateau de Tarascon, is a great vantage point for views of the river.

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Cucuron Summer in Cucuron

For travellers seeking a serene break, the striking mountain ranges and picture-book olive groves circling Cucuron provide an idyllic backdrop for a relaxing excursion. The versatile landscape surrounding the medieval village also serves as a playground for avid hikers seeking stunning panoramic views. Choose to embark on one of the fantastic foot paths that snake around the hills, or alternatively, explore the weekly market. The area is also home to numerous public pools for travellers to cool off in the heat of the day. Saint Tulle’s May Day is also an excellent opportunity to meet local residents and celebrate.

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Saint-Didier Summer in Saint-Didier

For proactive holidaymakers travelling to the gorgeous commune of Saint-Didier, the area offers water-sports fans the opportunity to fuel their adrenaline rush. The Totem Adventure, for example, enables visitors to participate in a number of devilish pursuits. Moreover, choose an activity centre at the base of Mont Blanc, and you can conquer the imposing mountain ranges with a high-altitude sport of your choice! Alternatively, visitors can seek some much needed rest and recuperation and relax in the Pre Saint-Didier spa, and take advantage of its incredible location at the foot of the staggering Mont Blanc.

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Le Rove Summer in Le Rove

Located close to the vibrant city of Marseille, Le Rove is a brilliant base for travellers looking to explore the surrounding L'Estaque Harbour. Le Rove, in Bouches-du-Rhône, is home to the largest canal tunnel in the world, and shares a portion of the region’s spectacular coastline and stunning scenery. The dramatic cliffs, coves and clear water provide ample opportunity for holidaymakers to venture into their vivid surroundings. Budding wine-connoisseurs should sample the locally produced wine in one of the score of superb restaurants or chic bistros, or embark on an excellent wine tour, exploring Bouches-du-Rhône’s expansive landscape and rich wine industry.

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Villas & Apartments in Cote D'Azur

La Colline Des Anges ~ RA48041

Feel like a celebrity when you stay at this typical “Provençal Mas,” your own dream-home 8 bedroom villa in the French Riviera!Located on top of La Colline des Anges, “Angel’s Hill” in Roquefort Les Pins, the villa is walking distance to the two-t...

Spacious villa, 5 'BEACH, rates - 5% and -10%, Housekeeping Included,

Beautiful villa , comfortable , in quiet area, bike path leading directly to the sea or the village.We are available 24h/24h for our guests. Beaches elected to the Past ' Bleu'2013 Pavilion , Port Marina Baie des Anges ' Blue Label 2014 ' , Golf,...

High Quality Villa With Sea Views & Infinity Pool, 5 Min To Coast

Sensational views over the Mediterranean from this super high quality, south-facing detached villa. The property is set in a private residential area, 5 minutes drive from the coast and all amenities in Le Trayas, midway between Cannes and Saint ...

Exceptional Country House On The Côte D'Azur With Private Pool And Large Garden

This is quite an exceptional country house, set in over 5,000 square metres of private, south-facing Mediterranean gardens. The house sits back from a small lane of exclusive properties, including the local chateau, midway between Mougins, Valbon...

Exclusive C���te D'Azur Villa With Infintity Pool Only 10 Min To The Coast

Just behind the glitz and glamour of the Côte d'Azur beaches lies a tranquil, private and exclusive residence comprising unique, architect designed country homes with gated main entrance and leafy lanes. The property sits in private grounds with ...

Superb Côte D'azur Villa 5 Min Walk To Beach And Restaurants

Superb property located just a 5 min walk from lovely Mediterranean beaches and the Côte d'Azur town of Cagnes-sur-Mer. An ideal spot from which to discover this fantastic, vibrant area. Cagnes is situated almost midway (10/15 min either way) bet...

Suberb Villa With Private Pool & Tennis Court On Cap D'Antibes

This superb property sits amongst the pine trees and small lanes of exclusive Cap d'Antibes between Antibes and Juan-les-Pins. Fully enclosed and private, the house has a lawned garden, large pool and private tennis court. 5 bedrooms / 4 bathroom...

Villa Lunetta Sleeps 8

Villa Lunetta is spread across two spacious floors, with four bedrooms (2 master suites and 2 guest rooms) and four bathroom and shower rooms. Outside you'll find nearly 1,800 sqm of gardens with olive trees that are well over three hundred years ...

Villa Ouinade sleeps 9

Luxury 5 bedroom Villa Ouinade in Villefranche sur Mer overlooking the bay of Cap Ferrat, Cote D'Azur, France. This is one of the most outstanding villas in a quiet area. It is about 2500sq feet with 3 large balconies. It has been modernised to ...

Villa Sol, sleeps 12

Villa Sol is a beautiful and sophisticated old villa in excellent condition. It offers a southerly panoramic view over the bay of Villefranche and is 1 mile from Cap Ferrat. The villa has been completely renovated to the absolute highest standard....

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