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

Renovated Apartment In The Heart Of Cannes - 3 Mn Walk Film Festival

This modern 2 bedroom apartment was totally renovated in August 2012. It is on the third floor of a classic building, located in the heart of Cannes and with a lift (elevator). The apartment is a few steps from Meynadier street, the oldest and m...

Splendid apartment vis-a-vis the sea with sight of sea 180°.

Ideally located, the true sea front, a privileged site , comfortable and luminous apartment; large southern terrace on sea and west of 100 square meter, sun all the day.the road to cross to bathe. A incomparable happiness to live , apartment remak...

35m2 studio 100m from the Palais des Festivals and the beaches - Cannes Center

Contemporary studio consists of a living room with kitchen, a shower room, a dressing room and a separate toilet. Hypercentre in Cannes, quiet, close to Palace and Rue d'Antibes, Forville market, beaches, the Croisette. Housing This studio, very...

Separate apartments in a Provencal villa with swimming pool in Nice

Perfect for friends, meetings or holidays with the entire family. We rent all year long. IMPORTANT: CLICK MORE DETAILS BELOW Price is per apartment according to season A common room (with wifi), depending on how many people can be making availab...

Villa AZR 222 - Steps from the sea at Cap d' Antibes.

Villa AZR 222 is a charming house only a few steps away from the sea in Cap d'Antibes. It is located in a quiet area and has been entirely renovated to a high standard with modern appliances and comfortable furnishings. There is a very welcoming a...

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,...

Villa with pool in a relaxing and green oasis, in Grasse

Provencal style villa with lots of charm. Absolute calm. Panoramic 180 degree views, not overlooked. No busy roads nearby. Serenity in the heart of the Cot d’Azur and away from the summer crowds (Cannes and Saint Paul de Vence are at 15km). Villa...

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 ...

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