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.
The holiday resort to end all holiday resorts, rentals in Cannes are sited in possibly the most famous and exclusive destination in Europe. Opulence and luxury abounds, which means Cannes holiday apartments and villas give guests a glimpse into the international jetset lifestyle. A hinterland of mountainous terrain also means Cannes accommodation doesn't just suit the aspiring hedonist, with plenty of outdoor activities to satiate even the most outward bound guest. The vast majority of Cannes holiday rentals have full kitchens and laundry facilities, with most also having satellite TV for those quiet evenings in. Some even have DVD players and internet access to round out the entertainment options.
Culture: Of course, the Cannes Film Festival dominates the month of May, and is the prime time to visit Cannes holiday accommodation for guests wanting to indulge in a little Hollywood celeb spotting. There are plenty of museums for the less starry-eyed, however, as well as an abundance of historical sites to visit.
Beaches: Is there any better way of starting a story than with 'While I was on the beach at Cannes...'? Cannes imports the sand for its natural pebble beaches every winter, so the tender toes of pampered feet remain unbruised. There are more public stretches than one might think, though they can get crowded as the summer progresses. For quieter beaches, check out holiday homes in Antibes about 8km up the coast.
Nightlife: Cannes nightlife is second to none. With three casinos, Cannes has the most of any town in France (Monaco, as a separate principality, doesn't count), and the majority of the best bars, restaurants and clubs are found in the Carre d'Or (Golden Square) formed by the streets surrounding the Rue Commandant Andre.
Shopping: The shopping, like the nightlife, is exclusive, chic, and expensive. However, its possibly the most fun place to browse in the world, right up there with the best Paris, London and New York have to offer. Factor in the year-round sunshine and scenic backdrop, what more could a keen shopper ask for?
Outdoor pursuits: There are plenty of outlets along the seafront to take care of any surfing, windsurfing, water-skiing/wakeboarding (what trip to Cannes would be complete without a water-skiing excursion?) and sailing needs. Inland, the Esterel hills are ideal for hiking and mountain biking, and the southeastern Alps are, of course, only a short drive away.
The mediterranean climate of Cannes provides year-round sunshine, with over 300 clear days annually. Expect temperatures during the height of summer to reach the low 30s°C, with highs in the low teens during the winter. The climate is mostly dry, with only 34 inches of rain per year, concentrated mainly in the months of October and November.
The nearest main air travel hub is Nice Cote d'Azur Airport at 26km away. Most of the major airlines fly into this busy nexus, the third largest airport in France. Travel by train is also convenient, as the French TGV high speed network is second to none, and can get guests to Cannes from Paris in as little as six hours. Of course, driving is always a possibility, taking a fairly comfortable couple of days from the south of England."