Centred in the heart of the Luberon Mountains of Provence, villas in Reillanne give guests a great base for exploring this cherished travel destination. The village of Reillanne itself dates back to the Romans, so the architecture shows the influence of intervening centuries and cultures common to Provence. The surrounding mountains provide a great retreat for exploring by car, on foot, bike or horseback, and days out in Marseille, Toulon or Cannes are not beyond the reach of a hire car. Self-catering Reillanne holiday rentals can be stocked by visits to one of the two weekly markets, which sell local crafts, books, toys and many other things alongside the food stalls.
Reillanne holiday rentals can be rented throughout the year, as skiing in the nearby Alps is popular during the winter. Most accommodations in Reillanne come with full kitchens and laundry facilities, and usually a barbecue area outside for fans of al fresco dining.
Beaches: It would be a crime to be this close to the Cote d'Azur and not visit a beach, and St. Tropez or Cannes are certainly doable in a day, within a 2-3-hour drive each way. For accommodation with more beach access, HomeAway has a selection of seaside holiday homes across the region as well as Cannes rentals in particular. There are beaches and watersports activities on the beautiful Lake of Sainte-Croix, however, about an hour away.
Food and drink: Provence is famously the place to come for produce in France. The rustic restaurants rival Paris in flavour, if not presentation. For such a small village, Reillanne has quite an inflated choice, with probably the best pizza in the Luberon being served at the Restaurant Les Granons.
Outdoor pursuits: Reillanne apartments provide an ideal base for hikers and even casual walkers, with a huge area of forested hills just to the north of the village featuring the hilltop Couvent Notre-Dame. Of course, mountain biking and horse trekking are also amply catered to, and there are several good climbing spots in the area.
Shopping: Sundays in Reillanne feature the main weekly market, which only operates until lunchtime when, like pretty much everywhere in France, the place packs up for lunch and doesn't return until next week. There is an additional smaller market on Thursdays, however, and supermarkets in the town of Manosque, about ten miles away.
The area of France is prone to the Mediterranean climate, which makes for hot summers, scant rainfall, and mild winters. At Reillanne's elevation, however, the temperatures side downwards a little, with average summer highs a perfectly comfortable 23-24°C. Even the highs in the winters rarely drop into single digits unless the cold Mistral wind blows through from the northwest. What rainfall there is occurs mainly in the autumn.
The nearest major airport is at Marseille, about 60 miles away, but the main airport for the region is Nice Cote d'Azur Airport 125 miles away, with more numerous direct flight options to the UK. Driving to Reillanne from the UK is certainly doable in a couple of days, as is taking the train, which can whip travellers from London to the south of France in around nine hours with fortuitous connections."