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 Apartment in a great location

Apartment Cinema has been lovingly renovated by the new owners to offer the tourist or business client a relaxing away from it all stay, but with all the comforts of home. The apartment is located in a very well kept building on the first floor w...

luxurious air-conditioned apartment with sea view- Parking- Internet- All linen

Please visit my Website: Seafront- Wonderful panoramic view - Beach 30m- Facing south and Méditerranée. Luxury residence closed and secured with private car park in sea front. Long sandy beach in front of the residenc...

Spacious and Well-Appointed Townhouse in the heart of Antibes

Maison du Bateau offers the charm of a home set within the ancient ramparts of Antibes combined with all modern conveniences. Bright and airy, Maison du Bateau is located on the picturesque cobbled-stoned Rue du Bateau--a short stroll from the Pi...

Charming Apartment In Vieil Antibes

Cote Safranier provides our guests an opportunity to experience living in a charming Provencal village in the Safranier community of Vieil Antibes. Although Cote Safranier is located on a quiet pedestrian-only cobbled-stone street, we a short...

Large villa with private pool, very quiet and only 15 minutes from the beaches

The modern villa was built in 1999 and completely renovated and refurbished in 2012. This prestigious property offers approx. 140 m2 of interior living space on two levels, a large swimming pool (10x5m) in landscaped surrounds plus covered large t...

3-room apartment for rent, 95 m², 4 to 6 people, Canto Harbour, Croisette

The apartment is in a bourgeois building with eight floors, facing the Canto Harbour. The apartment (95 m²) is located on the 5th floor (with lift) and overlooks the Canto Harbour (kitchen side). Private parking, secured, 2 minutes away by foot ...

Beautiful Studio for 2- Garden Terrace - Steps to Sea - Roquebrune Cap Martin

Sleeps Two......Beautiful Studio Apartment with Large Garden Terrace just steps from the sea at Roquebrune Cap Martin. English Antique Furniture and Hand-Made Floor Tiles....Uninterrupted sea views, peace, calm and tranquility... yet less than a ...

Newly Renovated Town-house On Quiet Street In Vieil Antibes

This charming village town-house sleeps six guests in three well-appointed air-conditioned rooms—each with its own en-suite bathroom. Enjoy an aperitif and a leisurely meal while soaking in the charming views of Antibes on the sun-drenched ter...

Apartment seafront on the 'Promenade des Anglais' with garage

On the seafront. Apartment 2 rooms + dining room. 71 meters square. Located opposite to the beach of the 'Promenade des Anglais'. From the two floors of the duplex panoramic sea view. House of fisherman, typically local style and surrounded by bea...

Beautiful 2 bedroom sea view Promenade des Anglais apartment

Apartment completely renovated, two bedroom waterfront open to the living room, kitchen, bath, separate toilet, bedroom, living room, small balcony on the 1st floor with beautiful sea views Located on the seafront promenade of English. The apartme...

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