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Destination guide

Romance in holiday lettings in France

France is a charmer, a master of romance. Paris heads things up, its splendid Gothic churches and leafy rives of the Seine overshadowed by the great Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. A flourish of Bordeaux wine and the scents of Provencal lavender draw other folk to the countryside. Impressive bastides, chateaux-lined rivers and France holiday rentals with pools promise rustic relaxation there. Then the Alps rise, offering a medley of world-class pistes bearing names like Three Valleys and Chamonix. Then the mountains hit the shimmering sea of the resplendent Cote d'Azur, with its yachts, its yellow-sand beaches, its carved cliffs and pine-scented isles.

History

Heritage sites near French holiday homes

Though France is known for its spectacular art museums and fine restaurants and wineries, there’s an abundance of history to enjoy. Holiday rentals can be found near fascinating places like the Palace of Versailles, an immense 18th-century palace with gilded rooms, the chandeliered Hall of Mirrors and a fountain show, and Arc de Triomphe, the triumphal arch built to commemorate Napoleon’s victories. The Catacombs of Paris, a tunnel complex that’s home to millions of arranged skeletons, is another historic highlight.

Things to do

Attractions near holiday lettings in France

France is perfect for a fix of culture. Just take Paris, where the world-famous Louvre rises above the riverside, its galleries filled with the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and numerous other treasures. And there are great landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre-Coeur of Montmartre to get through. Stylish Aix-en-Provence has exhibits of French masters like Cezanne, while cutting-edge MAMAC in Nice rarely fails to get you thinking. And there's more. France holiday rentals in regions like the Dordogne can mean exploring the pre-historic cave paintings of Lascaux, while the Loire Valley is a montage of grand chateaux and prestigious wineries.

Activities

What to do near holiday homes in France

Seeking relaxation? France holiday rentals in Provence or Bordeaux or the Loire Valley herald a schedule of wine tasting and wistful evenings wandering lavender fields, book reading by the pool and morning visits to the local boulangerie. Prefer adventure? Great. Hit the French Alps and the soaring ski pistes of Chamonix or Val d'Isere, where carving glaciers and rambunctious La Folie Douce apres-ski are the name of the game. Elsewhere, there's cooking lessons in Parisian bistros and sailing jaunts in wild Brittany, mussel-eating in La Rochelle and beach hopping on the French Riviera.

Weather

Climate during your stay in holiday homes in France

Summer, from June to August, is the most popular time to seek out France holiday rentals. The south gets particularly good weather then, with dry days and temperatures nearing 30 degrees drawing folk to the Cote d'Azur and Dordogne. Autumn means grape harvests in wine regions like Bordeaux and Beaujolais, with pickers coming in months like September and October. Winter means skiing in the Alps – resorts like Chamonix are in full swing by January and don't wind down until May.

Natural features

France – from glaciers to bays

From the carved calanques of the Marseille coast to the wave-battered bays of western Brittany, France packs in countless natural wonders. In the east, the Alps command the horizon. They rise from lush green river valleys, through fields of wildflowers and pasture, past glaciers and all the way to the top of Mont Blanc – the highest peak in Western Europe. Inland, and regions like the Dordogne are plugged with caves and high cliffs, while Provence is all rolling hills of lavender. North means Normandy and Brittany, with their wide beaches and high sand dunes.

Food & drink 

Regional delicacies in France

French cuisine is one of the most distinctive in the world, lending its flavours and practices to neighbouring countries and culinary schools throughout the West. Each region of France has its own culinary style, ranging from the high-end restaurants and gourmet meals in Paris to the rich ham or game dishes in Champagne. Whatever your taste, you can enjoy authentic French food in the restaurants near your holiday accommodation.

How many holiday rentals are available around France?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 232,789 holiday lettings around France. From 17,394 villas to 73,744 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in France?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in France. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Southern France: 137,957 holiday homes
  • Bordeaux: 1,365 holiday homes
  • Île de Ré: 3,129 holiday homes
  • La Rochelle: 2,417 holiday homes
  • Côte d'Azur: 36,731 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in France! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in France?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in France with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Bordeaux: 1,365 holiday lettings
  • La Rochelle: 2,417 holiday lettings
  • Paris: 7,328 holiday lettings
  • Morzine: 3,551 holiday lettings
  • Saint-Malo: 2,432 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to France?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in France are:

  • La Baule (LBY): 2,670 self catering accommodations
  • Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE): 412 self catering accommodations
  • l'Alpe-d'Huez (AHZ-Henri Giraud): 3,835 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in France?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in France. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Béziers: 3,268 holiday rentals
  • Euro Disney Resort: 2,862 holiday rentals
  • Camargue Regional Nature Park: 1,232 holiday rentals
  • Oz-en-Oisans Ski Resort: 3,938 holiday rentals
  • Megeve Ski Resort: 7,021 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around France listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around France

Normandy
9,396 holiday rentals
Brittany
19,184 holiday rentals
Corsica
11,225 holiday rentals
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
54,830 holiday rentals
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
35,496 holiday rentals
Pays de la Loire
9,427 holiday rentals
Hauts-de-France
3,782 holiday rentals
Île-de-France
8,425 holiday rentals
Centre-Val de Loire
3,174 holiday rentals
Occitanie
34,010 holiday rentals
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
34,808 holiday rentals
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
3,024 holiday rentals
Grand Est
5,956 holiday rentals
England
66,726 holiday rentals
Wales
10,820 holiday rentals
Tuscany
32,627 holiday rentals
Sardinia
13,970 holiday rentals
Flemish Region
2,505 holiday rentals
Cantabria
1,299 holiday rentals
Catalonia
28,985 holiday rentals