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

Luxury Condominium in Cannes

The Condominium is located 1 km from the centre of Cannes, He is in the very green and quiet area of Cannes. It is about twenty minutes walking distance from the beach, The apartment is 100 square meters. He is located in a private street with vi...

Cosy and charming apartment. Large terrace. City centre, right on the harbour

In the two-room apartment everything is available to feel comfortable: Quiet, large sunny terrace Bedroom for 2 persons with comfortable new beds Very well equipped beautiful kitchen - small dining area with extendible table Pretty living room w...

Great location at 3, PLACE MASSENA -Lovely flat - WiFi - A/C - in the very heart of NICE - Very quiet!

CARRE D'OR - Place Massena: This lovely flat equipped and decorated as a "SUITE DELUXE" with high standard, is in mezzanine style, it's bright and light and in a great location - right on Place Massena,(but Very quiet!-very nice (courtyard at the...

LARGE 1 BED. WIFI, TERRACE, AIR CON. BEACH 3 MINUTES WALK.

SPECIAL OFFER OCTOBER, 2014 - €735 PER COUPLE PER WEEK . IF YOU WISH TO CALL ME PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL AND I WILL PROVIDE MY PHONE NUMBER (LANDLINE). Large, light-filled apartment ideally located just two blocks from the most ...

Apartment/ flat - Nice

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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 ...

A Boutique Cannes Villa, Stunning Sea Views, Jacuzzi & Pool

Welcome to Villa Medway located at Theoule-sur-Mer with a shared pool, in the much sought after department of the Alpes Maritimes on the French Riviera, Cannes is just 17km away. The villa has stunning views of the sea and the Esterel forest, per...

Spacious Luxurious, 3br, 12 min walk to Palais du Festival and Beach/Croisette

This tastefully furnished luxury apartment features a master bedroom with a king sized bed and ensuite 3 piece bathroom and opens on the very large main balcony (30 sq m). The 2nd bedroom shares the WC and 2 piece bathroom with a large shower sta...

House / Villa - MANDELIEU

(Text automatically translated) villa with pool and spa with 7 seats heated ideally located with outstanding sea views over 180 ° Cannes in Theoule through the Lérins Islands, overlooking the castle and mountains Mandelieu (snowy winter) near the ...

Cannes and its Croisette: 210 m² villa recently rated 4 stars

Latest new but not the least: “Villa La Tsavorite in Provence” has just been ranked 4 stars for a capacity of 8 persons. This official ranking of tourist accommodation in tourist furnished accommodation category has been given by the reference nat...

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