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Make an apartment in the Alps-Maritimes Valleys your home away from home

The Alps-Maritimes Valleys cut through the southwestern corner of the Alps, straddling the border of France and Italy. Rustic villages perch high on the slopes, commanding stunning views and easy access to a host of mountain, river and coastal activities. HomeAway offers a wide range of holiday homes in the Alps-Maritimes Valleys, many with their own gardens and convenient parking.

Most Alps-Maritimes Valleys rentals are pet and family friendly, though regrettably few are wheelchair accessible. Alps-Maritimes Valleys holiday apartments typically feature fully-equipped kitchens with laundry facilities and sometimes BBQ areaa, access to a pool, internet access and satellite TV/DVD player. Thanks to the more clement summer temperatures at elevation, only a few properties are equipped with air-conditioning.

Things to do

Winter sports: During the winter, Alps-Maritimes Valleys holiday rentals are perfectly positioned for access to the Alpine slopes. This area of the alps is very popular with skiers and snowboarders, thanks to its location adjacent to the tourism hotspots on the Cote d'Azur, which offer unique contrast to the high mountain activities.

Beaches: The 70 miles of French Riviera coastline running from the smart apartments of Marseilles to the villas of Menton is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. The stretch of beach at Cannes, where HomeAway has a selection of holiday apartments available, is artificially sanded for the summer, whereas the more common pebbled beaches of Nice are a consequence of the draining rivers. Private beaches abound, so prebooking a spot is often a good idea.

Nightlife: The Cote d'Azur is renowned for its nightlife, especially if high-class casinos, restaurants, and nightclubs are desired. It's not all glitz and glamour, however, and there are plenty of more reasonably priced establishments for the fiscally cautious holidaymaker.

Outdoor pursuits: The rugged hills north of Toulon, the crag of Saint-Jeanette to the north of Nice, and the hills above Monaco all provide excellent climbing opportunities. Larger areas like those around Vence holiday homes and the Roya Valley can get more Alpine in scope. The Alps-Maritimes themselves, of course, are paradise for climbers and hikers, especially the Mercantour National Park, with hundreds of miles of trails and paths.

Shopping: The shops, boutiques and malls of the French Riviera provide possibly the most exclusive and expensive shopping in the world, which is why this area is so well known as a haunt of both celluloid and real-world royalty. Window shopping and people watching, of course, come completely free of charge.

Weather in the Alps-Maritimes Valleys

Though the Cote d'Azur has a mediterranean climate, there can often be a marked difference between the conditions on the coast and those inland, especially as the elevation increases. Cool and fresh at altitude can be hot and muggy at sea level. The average temperatures during the summer reach well above 20°C, and winters are in the mid-teens – the region basks in over 300 days of sunshine per year.

Travel to the Alps-Maritimes Valleys

Driving across France from the UK isn't a particularly long trip, and is easily completed in a couple of days. Flying in can be done to Nice or Marseille, with the Nice Cote d'Azur airport serving as the operating centre for easyJet. By rail, a direct link from Paris takes about six hours and costs around €100, arriving at Gare Nice Ville station, one of the three in the city. There are also long-distance bus and boat services.

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                                                                                                  Fantastic - a perfect apartment in a perfect spot.

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                                                                                                  A perfect apartment - amazing location, nestled into the mountains only an hour from Nice, a clean and cosy interior, a great terrace (we were in the upstairs apartment) with fantastic views and only 7 minutes walk into the village centre. St Martin Vesubie is a lovely village/small town, with a picturesque square and lovely old town, with narrow streets and lots of traditional features. Small and friendly, but with everything you need, with some nice restaurants and a great base for walking and climbing. Michelle was a perfect host. We would definitely recommend it.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                                  Great little property in a perfect ski-in ski-out location

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                                                                                                  We had a great stay in this property in Isola. The property was just as described on the website and a great base for our ski holiday. The location was perfect - right on the slopes. The owner was fantastic who responded to all queries immediately and provided an exceptional service to meet all our needs. We hope to return again.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 10-Mar-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016

                                                                                                  Clean & modern Sunny appartment

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                                                                                                  1st class holiday appartment. New, clean & tidy. The owner replied quickly & his agent arrived quickly on our arrival to complete the necessary paperwork! We felt it accomodated 6 perfectly, would use it again! We loved the position in the "Hammeau" sector, slightly above the village, competent skiers can ski to the end of the road. We found the funnicular & free "navette" buses running frequently.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 08-Feb-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016