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

Ecological House: charm and originality, 6p, swimming pool, large garden, quiet

Ecological House Domespace shaped single dome on the Cote d'Azur charm and originality near the medieval village of Saint Cézaire on Siagne! Comfort of a newly built (2011) entirely of wood. The combination of wood and shape 'dome' gives this hom...

Apartment Résidence Le Lido in Cagnes - sur - Mer, Côte d'Azur - 6 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details Short description Number of persons: 4 - 6. Beach/water: Pebble beach approx. 150 m. Bedroom/s: 2. Floor space: 80 m². Pet: Pet allowed. Next village/town: Antibes approx. 12 km. Nizza approx. 10 km. Town center of Cagnes-sur-Me...

Apartment Resideal Premium Cannes in Cannes, Côte d'Azur - 2 persons, - bedroom(s)

Property details Short description Number of persons: 2. Beach/water: Sandy beach approx. 200 m. Floor space: 18 m². Pet: Pet allowed. Next village/town: Town center of Cannes approx. 150 m. Pool: pool for shared use. Room/s: 1. Sauna: whirlpool...

Vacation home Terraced house, La Roquette-sur-Var in Alpes - Maritimes - 3 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details Property Terraced house, La Roquette-sur-Var accommodation interior holiday house, across 3 floors, simply and functionally furnished. living / dining room on the 1st floor. radio. bedroom on the 2nd floor, (1 bed).bedroom on t...

Apartment Resideal Premium Cannes in Cannes, Côte d'Azur - 4 persons, 1 bedroom(s)

Property details Short description Number of persons: 2 - 4. Beach/water: Sandy beach approx. 200 m. Bedroom/s: 1. Floor space: 39 m². Pet: Pet allowed. Next village/town: Town center of Cannes approx. 150 m. Pool: pool for shared use. Room/s: 2...

Apartment Les Aliscamps in Cannes, Cote d'Azur - 4 persons, 1 bedroom(s)

Property details building and outdoor: Residence Les Aliscamps. In the district of Alexandre III, 500 m from the sea. In the complex: lift. Shop, restaurant, bakery 100 m, bus stop 30 m, sandy beach 500 m. interior: 2-room apartment 49 m2 on 3rd...

Apartment in Nice, Cote d'Azur - 2 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details building and outdoor: Small apartment house, 6 storeys. In a central, busy position, 250 m from the sea. In the complex: lift. Shop, grocery, shopping centre, bakery 50 m, shingle beach 250 m. Golf course (18 hole) 18 km. Nearby ...

Apartment Le Lac in Cannes, Cote d'Azur - 4 persons, 1 bedroom(s)

Property details building and outdoor: Le Cannet: Beautiful residence Le Lac. In the district of Aubarède, outside the resort, 5 km from the centre of Cannes. For shared use: garden plants and flowers, swimming pool (10 x 4 m, depth 100 - 200 cm,...

Newly renovated air conditioned Apartment

Ideally located near the beach and in the city centre, all mod cons, tastefully decorated

Apartment Le Minerve in Cannes, Cote d'Azur - 6 persons, 3 bedroom(s)

Property details building and outdoor: Residence Le Minerve, 3 storeys. In the district of Basse Californie 2 km from the centre of Cannes, in the residential district, 800 m from the sea. In the complex: lift. Shop, supermarket 100 m, restaurant...

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