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

Beach Front Apartment In Central Nice

With superb views over the Mediterranean sea, you can relax and watch the world go by or head across the road to swim or enjoy the facilities of Bamboo Plage, Restaurant/Bar {seasonal}. Shops, Boulangeries, Post Office, Brasserie, Pharmacies are c...


Beautiful south facing house (170m2), very spacious, overlooking the pool with waterfall and garden, surrounded by pine trees, oleanders, palms and olive trees Very large living room of 80m2 with flat screen (140) and football TV.; 3 bedrooms are ...

Antibes Juan Les Pins: Studio garden with swimming pool on the seafront

Conditioning on the ground floor benefiting from a sheltered terrace and a garden studio with sea view Closed underground garage

40 sq.m. terrace in the heart of Nice

The apartment is suitable for two adults with up to two children. In the middle of the exclusive Carré d'Or, in a classic “Nicoise” house from the early 1900s, you find our cosy apartment with an extremely large terrace. Our 40 square meter apar...

Spacious 1 bedroom apartment with private infinity pool - Biot / Valbonne

This contemporary apartment is on the ground floor of the villa, with a private outdoor terrace and easy access to the shared (only with the owner) swimming pool. This recently renovated 1 bed apartment in Valbonne, measures 46m2 and is part of a ...

On the roofs of the old town, terrace and exceptional view

Superb duplex of 100 m2 located on the 5th floor without elevator in the heart of Old Nice. The efforts made ??by the rising 5 floors are richly rewarded upon arrival at the apartment. The large living room (50m2) and a living space especially war...

30 meters away from La Croisette, sandy beaches and Le Palais des Festivals - 9 rue des Belges (street between La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes)

Ideally located at 9 rue des Belges. Croisette sandy beaches at the end of the street. Modern, quiet, comfortable, fully-furnished two-bedrooms, two-bathes apartment in the heart of Cannes : (street between La Croisette and rue d'Antibes) This bui...

New Cannes central apartment - 2 Min's walk from festival hall

Split levels apartment with 1 double bedroom and 2 twin bedroom, fully air-conditioning, American kitchen, flat screen TV, WIFI and UK TV/DVD player. Looking out over the beautiful Marche Forville, with its French fresh produce available every mor...

30 meters away from La Croisette, sandy beaches and Le Palais des Festivals - 9 rue des Belges (street between La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes)

Ideally located at 9 rue des Belges. Modern, quiet, comfortable, fully-furnished two-bedrooms, two-bathes apartment in the heart of Cannes. This building of beginning of century is located on a small street right in front of the Palais des Festiv...

Luxury Provençal Villa 3 Minutes' Walk to Medieval Village

'La Plantade' is a romantic and elegant Provençal villa filled with antiques and fine paintings. It is hidden down a private lane yet only a 3 minute walk to the picturesque medieval artists' village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup. The magnificent views r...

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