Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer holiday villas are in a wonderful setting, amid rugged hills next to the Gulf of Saint-Tropez – and HomeAway has plenty of rentals to catch your eye. There’s no shortage of sophistication and indulgence at holiday villas in Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer – you can relax by the pool and luxuriate in shaded, terraced gardens. Interiors are appointed to cater to the most discerning holidaymaker, complete with designer furniture and state-of-the-art gadgetry. On raised ground, just in from the sea, your apartment in Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer might have unforgettable coastal views, or rural panoramas of pines, cypress trees and vineyards.
-Beaches. If you want to take it easy next to the Mediterranean, you’ve got four different places to choose from here. All options are relatively undeveloped, and fringed mostly by nothing more than pine forest and craggy limestone hills. Les Plages du Canadel has lifeguards, with parasol and sunbed hire while at La Pointe du Figuier you can dive into clear, shallow waters next to hidden, rocky bays.
-Domaine du Rayol. This botanic garden and arboretum covers 20 hectares and is recognised as a “Jardin Remarquable” by the French ministry of culture. Free to enter, it’s an enchanting spot for an afternoon walk. It dates back more than 100 years and consists of a number of small gardens representing habitats from places throughout the world, including Mexico, California, Australia, Chile and subtropical Asia.
-Outdoor recreation. On land and in the water, Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer is alive with possibilities for outdoor fun in summer. You could hire a bicycle in the village and take a tour of the coast, or take tennis or golf lessons courtesy of the local clubs. There’s a dive school here, with ideal off-shore conditions for beginners, and a watersports centre organising parasailing, water-skiing, wakeboarding and more.
-Saint-Tropez. This seafront town has been a byword for Riviera glamour for decades, and is only a few minutes along from Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer. On a stroll through cobblestone streets with pastel-painted houses, you’ll appreciate the unique light and atmosphere that first drew the post-impressionist artists like Signac and Matisse. Climb up to the Citadel, dating to the 1500s, for one of the region’s favourite views.
-Gastronomy. There are 12 restaurants in Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer from pizzerias and casual beach-food eateries, to gourmet restaurants serving either innovative or traditional takes on Provençal cuisine. The backcountry here is highly regarded for its olive cultivation, earning an AOC label. As you’d expect, the seafood is fabulous as are seasonal fruit and vegetables, and Rosé wines.
Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer holiday apartments are in a Mediterranean climate region. This part of the Riviera is the sunniest place in France – but despite the plentiful and strong sunshine, temperatures are moderated thanks to the sea and breezes from the north, which also help to keep humidity in check. Still, May through October is very warm, with highs tipping the 30s in the middle of the summer and almost no rainfall to be had until about September. Winters in this part of France are rarely cold, instead bringing highs that climb to the low teens, even in January.
The commune of Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer lies about 30 kilometres west of Toulon-Hyères Airport (TLN). There are flights throughout the year from the UK to this destination, as well as connections to cities like Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels. If you’re coming to your Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer holiday accommodation by car then you can follow the D98 and D559 east in the direction of St Tropez. By train, the city of Hyères also has a TGV link to Paris, as well as regional TER connection to Marseille.