Formerly known as 'Upper Monte Carlo', holiday rentals in Beausoleil offer unfettered access to the city-state of Monaco. Built on an overlooking hillside, this contiguous (but technically international) suburb operates primarily as a commuter town for those working in the principality. HomeAway offers mostly holiday apartments in Beausoleil, though there are some houses to choose from.
Most Beausoleil apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities, and a significant number have access to a pool. Internet access and satellite TV typically come as standard. Many rentals in Beausoleil are also convenient for golf, hill walking, tennis and fishing. All Beausoleil apartments are, of course, convenient for the beaches of Monaco, only a short drive seaward.
Outdoor pursuits: With the ports, beaches and marinas of Monaco only a short drive down the hill, the opportunities to get wet are ample. Costs can be prohibitive in this millionaire's playground, however. For public beaches, guests may wants to consider holiday homes in Villefranche-sur-Mer, just a few miles southwest and offering more affordable options. Hiking the hinterland is also extremely popular.
Beaches: Beaches on the Cote d'Azur tend to be either pebbled or rocky, so some form of stiff-soled shoe is often in order. Villefranche-sur-Mer has popular public beaches, largely due to the finer grade of shingle found there. If nothing but sand will do, Cannes – where HomeAway has a further selection of holiday homes – imports its golden sand.
Nightlife: The nightlife within walking distance of Beausoleil holiday rentals tends to be a lot more subdued than the raucous excess found on the seafront, and less pricey too. There's a surprisingly eclectic range of restaurants and quiet bars to choose from here.
Shopping: Shopping in Beausoleil is largely local in nature, though a window shopping walk is always its own reward surrounded by the lovely Belle Epoque architecture. Shopping in Monaco is an entirely different beast, and famous throughout the world for its exclusivity, especially in cutting-edge fashion.
Culture: No visit would be complete without a trip to the Monte Carlo Casino, but this isn't all Monaco has to offer: an abundance of museums includes the must-sees of the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology, the Oceanographic Museum, the Napoleonic Museum, and the Exhibition of The Prince's Vintage Car Collection. Don't forget to take a walk along The Sculpture Path.
The climate in this region is described as Mediterranean, tempered by the Mistral and Scirocco winds. The net effect of these conditions is bright sunshine for the majority of the year, with summer temperatures hitting the high-20s/low-30s and winters typically hovering in the teens. Most of the low annual rainfall occurs during the winter.
Nice has the nearest international airport at 21 miles away. Fly/drives from this hub are probably the best way to go, as driving in the Cote d'Azur is a treat not to be missed. Driving all the way from the UK is quite doable in a couple of days, and in a day by train with optimal connections. Monaco's underground Monte Carlo train station is located conveniently adjacent to Beausoleil, within short (albeit steep) walking distance.