Spring breaks in France

Envisage France in the heart of spring


Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
HomeAway travel expert

A balcony view of the Eiffel TowerFor holidaymakers travelling to France in spring, temperatures rise around April, and continue to increase in May. Whether you choose to cycle around the picturesque villages in the Dordogne, or walk in the Brittany countryside, you may be fortunate enough to catch some sunny spells. In Spring, France hosts several cultural festivals, including the Europajazz Festival, as well as prominent sporting events, such as the Monaco Grand Prix, and the much-awaited French Open. Contemporary festivals include ‘Nuits Sonores’ in Lyon, an electronic music festival, and the Bourges Spring Festival, an event which prides itself on presenting well-known artists and new acts to festival-goers.

In May, France also opens up a plethora of museums across the country for free, meaning you can visit some of the most celebrated museums in the capital, and nation-wide. In HomeAway's private French accommodation, you can wind down, after a day of rambling or sailing, in an authentic, rural gîte, or have a unique view of the capital in a chic Parisian apartment. When you want to create a home from home experience, or have access to a swimming-pool or veranda, HomeAway has a diverse selection of rentals to choose from.


Top five destinations for spring breaks in France


Spring breaks in The Cotentin Spring breaks in The Cotentin

The Cotentin, or the ‘Cherbourg Peninsula’ is situated in the department of Manche, Normandy. As the largest city in the area, Cherbourg-Octeville is home to the Cite de la Mer, a maritime museum, and Le Point du Jour, a centre for contemporary art. Other notable museums include Museum Emmanuel-Liais, dedicated to natural history, archaeology and ethnography, the study of human cultures. The area is perfect for keen walkers seeking sea-air, with various routes for you to choose from. For cyclists, ride along the Cap de la Hague, and admire the spectacular sea-views. Whether you choose to walk or cycle around the area, take a pit-stop to sample the exquisite ice-cream, or have lunch in the various cafes dotted around the city. Mont-Saint-Michel is a majestic island off the coast of Normandy, and the perfect place to have a traditional crepe au chocolat.

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Spring breaks in Cotes-d'Armor

If you’re travelling to the department of Cotes-d’Armor, in the north of Brittany, visit Cap Frehel. The peninsula is home to dozens of ornate chapels, including the beautiful Chapel Saint Sebastien and Chapel in Sables d’Or, as well as the Church of Frehel. The surrounding beaches are some of the best in the region, including Minieu shore, located in Sables d’Or les Pins. In the summer, the area is a platform for various water activities, but in the Spring time, the beach is a relaxing haven for coastal walkers. Cap Frehel also has a bird sanctuary, and offers the opportunity to pick shellfish in groups. Neighbouring areas include the Emerald Coast, which stretches from Cap Frehel to Mont-Saint-Michel, with its gorgeous beaches.

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Spring breaks in Nice Spring breaks in Nice

The stunning city of Nice is located on the south-east coast of the country. The capital of the French Riviera has wonderful weather in Spring, leaving you little excuse but to walk along the spectacular coastline. For budding chefs, you can enrol on a ‘Gourmet Tour’ and sample some of the finest French cuisine in the area. Other notable tours include the cycle tours around the city, allowing you to explore the array of modern and Edwardian architecture, pretty streets with stylish bars and the gorgeous beaches scattered along the coast. For a unique tour of Nice, hop on a ‘Cyclopolitain’, essentially an electric tricycle, for a fast and exciting ride around the city.

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Spring breaks in The Medoc Spring breaks in The Medoc

The Medoc, famed as a superb wine growing region in Gironde, is a stunning area located just north of Boredaux. The Medoc is something of a haven for holidaymakers with a penchant for red wine, with an incredible number of varieties produced and locally sold in the area. Whether you choose to enrol on an organised vineyard tour or wine-tasting evening, or relax after rambling in the countryside with a couple of glasses of locally produced wine, the area is a perfect location for a tranquil Spring break. Chateaus in The Medoc also have a long and celebrated history of producing wine, and are famed for their unique architecture: Chateau Beychevelle and Château Cos d'Estournel are arguably two of the finest.

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Spring breaks in Bayeux Spring breaks in Bayeux

For holidaymakers in Bayeux, Normandy, no trip's complete without visiting the remarkable Bayeux Cathedral, a building exemplar of Norman-Romanesque architecture. Here, you can view the ornate murals in the eleventh century crypt, but keen historians will know the commune is home to the embroidered cloth canvas The Bayeux Tapestry, held at the Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. At 70 metres long, the canvas’s fascinating drawings depict the conquest of William, Duke of Normandy. In addition, you can enrol on a D-Day tour, lead by an experienced guide, where you are encouraged to reflect on the immense history of the area.

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Holiday Homes for Spring holidays in France

Home spa with heated sea view swimming pool 800 m from the beach

Brand New Residence (summer 2012). Ideally located (south). Views of the Gulf of Pinarello. 5 Homes comfortable with large covered terrace. Spa barbecue ... In common The large terrace (360 m2) and large heated 14 m X 6 m swimming pool (staircase,...

Biarritz villa with warmed pool in front of the Golf "La Nivelle"

Quiet place,spacious kitchen full equipment,american fridge,cafetiere expresso,secure parking,2 terraces(sheltered and sunny)with tables,chairs and longchairs,billiard,bikes,complete set of golf clubs included,baby sitter, surf,golf and tennis les...

   HOUSE 110m ² 8 PERS, CLASSIFIED 3 * 32M ² TERRACE, SEA to 4KM, Discount

Classified 3 stars by the Tourism Bureau of the Bouches du Rhone, home plus110 m², very well laid out and extremely comfortable, with a terrace of 32m flowered fenced, has been completely renovated and offers the most modern facilities. Everything...

In the old fisherman's house collioure renovated quiet street near the beach

House in the center quiet street in historic district pedestrian-50m from the beach and close to all amenities. Internet access. WI FI. typical market on Wednesday and Sunday train station 10 minutes walk Heating season surcharge low-ability li...

Character terrace house, garden, park 5000m2 beach 10 minutes

old house completely restored with every comfort situated 4.5 km from st savior Viscount (super market and shops) Crown forest 2 km, beach 10 minutes, many activities around (cayac canoeing, horse riding, sailing, acrobranches, golf, hiking and bi...
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