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

Studio Central Cannes/le Suquet-old town/a-con/wifi/5 MINS CONFpking nxt door

All inclusive price. Electricity, clean, linen, laundry. Wonderful sought-after location! In the Cannes 'Banana'.Quiet corner of church sq. in le Suquet, the old part of Cannes. First floor of original Cannes dwelling. Real heart of real Cannes...

Gorgeous provencal villa with pool & sea panoramic view.

This beautiful new Provencal villa with private pool is very well situated on the hills overlooking the gulf of Cannes in French Riviera. Set on a garden of 2800 m2 with olive trees & cypress, the villa is very spacious (240 m2) with double living...

MONACO PENTHOUSE AT LE CESAR, OVERLOOKING MONACO, HARBOUR AND COASTLINE

The Penthouse at Le Cesar is a very comfortable place to stay! With 3 double bedrooms to hotel standard, of which 2 have retractable roofs, sleeping under the stars is an experience! There is a family bathroom, an en-suite and a further cloakroom....

Charming Loft Apartment Nestled In The Old Town

Holiday rental apartment ideally situated in the centre of the old town of Antibes. The apartment provides very comfortable accommodation and is ideally suited to couples although there is a mezzanine area accessed by a short but steep ladder with...

Les Alpes d'Azur - stunning mountain village apartments on French/Italian border

Our apartments, 'Les Alpes D'Azur', overlook Place de Nice, the main square in La Brigue, and have stunning mountain views. There are two apartments, with one and three bedrooms. La Brigue is one of France’s most lovely mountain villages and a cu...

Stunning secluded large villa with large pool

The villa is a fantastic property set in a 2500m2 exotic garden with beautiful views of the mountains and chateau de Castellaras . This property is situated just 2 kilometers from the village, on a hill in Valbonne, in a perfectly quiet setti...

Apartment in charming villa, panoramic view of the sea and the village of Cabris

We offer you a bright detached apartment with quality services in a charming and luxurious villa, in an exceptional residential environment. This villa overlooks the stunning panorama of the French Riviera. On the left you can see the village of C...

Nice Apartment, near the sea and pedestrian street, quiet area - 35m ² terrace

Menton enjoys a subtropical microclimate, which gives a special charm to this city Access is easy, with proximity to amenities and town center The apartment is spacious and comfortable (in a quiet neighborhood) The building is modern and well main...

Villa Laura for 12 persons, heated pool, La Turbie, near Monaco

Magnificent twined villa with infinity swimming pool heated in secured 8600m2 estate for 12 people. Two covered terraces, a sunny terrace. 1500 ft2 on 2 levels, 5 bedrooms, laundry room, open kitchen with central unit, living room, dining room. ...

Villa in la Turbie for 8-9 people near Monaco, heated swimming pool

Beautiful villa with swimming pool, heated for private use in a secure area of 8600m2. Covered terrace, sun terrace. 1100 ft2 on 2 levels, sleeps 8-9,3 bedrooms including a terrace in the roof Shower room, bathroom, living room, dining room. Large...

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