Destination guide

France – a country with charisma

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.

Things to do

Finding your cultural side 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

The endless enjoyments of 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

All 4 seasons 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.

Where to stay around France?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 231,949 holiday lettings near France. From 18,642 Villas to 75,892 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near France is on HomeAway.

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 travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Paris: 5,611 holiday homes
  • Southern France: 142,038 holiday homes
  • Nice: 8,212 holiday homes
  • Dordogne: 6,876 holiday homes
  • Normandy: 8,671 holiday homes

HomeAway 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:

  • Paris: 5,611 holiday lettings
  • Nice: 8,212 holiday lettings
  • Bordeaux: 1,280 holiday lettings
  • St-Laurent-du-Var: 7,788 holiday lettings
  • Villefranche-sur-Mer: 5,449 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:

  • Courchevel Airport (CVF): 10,137 self catering accommodations
  • Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ): 6,705 self catering accommodations
  • Cote D'Azur Airport (NCE): 14,818 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 offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in France. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Disneyland Paris: 2,258 holiday rentals
  • L'Alpe d'Huez: 3,844 holiday rentals
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris: 5,845 holiday rentals
  • Les Arcs 1950: 7,445 holiday rentals
  • Les Arcs 1800: 8,099 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around France listed on HomeAway 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
8,671 holiday rentals
Brittany
18,486 holiday rentals
Corsica
11,601 holiday rentals
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
56,929 holiday rentals
Loire Valley
2,967 holiday rentals
Île-de-France
6,499 holiday rentals
Pays de la Loire
10,208 holiday rentals
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
34,938 holiday rentals
Occitanie
35,477 holiday rentals
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
34,220 holiday rentals
Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine
5,347 holiday rentals
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
2,883 holiday rentals
Hauts-de-France
3,595 holiday rentals
England
70,173 holiday rentals
Wales
10,688 holiday rentals
Sardinia
15,567 holiday rentals
Tuscany
35,294 holiday rentals
Catalonia
31,246 holiday rentals
Liguria
7,744 holiday rentals
Basque Country
1,118 holiday rentals