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Make a villa in Riez your home away from home

Holiday villas and apartments in Riez are found in the alpine foothills of a region known for holidaying: around a third of the houses in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence are second homes. Like many areas of outstanding natural beauty, the industrial revolution saw a rural exodus and the population reduced dramatically. The advent of tourism in recent decades has seen the people return, however, and restored the population to previous levels. Riez villas really are a year-round prospect for holidays, with skiing in the winter and hiking, climbing, and mountain biking when the snow melts. Riez apartments are in one of the many towns and villages in the region that simply ooze historical charm and character, and are a decadent joy to explore. All this, and the beaches of the Cote d'Azur are only 80 miles away. If that sounds a little too far, of course, HomeAway's accommodation across the entire Cote d'Azur includes hundreds of homes right on the beach.

Accommodation in Riez provides for the perfect walking holiday. The jaw-dropping scenery becomes more dramatic the closer to the high Alps one gets, and Riez's location at the centre of the Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon is ideal for exploring the sights, including one of the deepest gorges in Europe. Most holiday rentals in Riez come with laundry facilities – to wash those clothes after hiking! – and a full kitchen for self-caterers. Additional amenities can include BBQ equipment, a swimming pool or large garden.

Things to do

Beaches: A day out to the beach is a definite possibility, with the golden sands of Cannes only 85 miles away, where HomeAway also offers luxury holiday accommodation. What holiday in the south of France would be complete without a story that begins 'While I was on the beach at Cannes...'?

Food and drink: One word: truffles. Those elusive fungi that chefs would kill for are found in abundance here, and their seasonal (often black market) trade is a large part of the local economy. Tiny Riez is the world centre for scrambled eggs with truffles. Other local specialities include black pudding with leeks, lavender honey and Banon cheese.

Outdoor pursuits: While the entire region is filled with hiking and biking opportunities, hang-gliding and paragliding are very popular, in part thanks to the Verdon Gorge, often (and unfortunately inaccurately) claimed as the deepest in Europe and ten miles or so from Riez.

Shopping: The much celebrated pottery of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is made only about ten miles from Riez. For the more advanced shopper with aspirations of greatness, Cannes, Monaco and the rest of the Cote d'Azur's upmarket locales are only a couple of hours' drive to the south. For food shoppers, Riez has a local market every Wednesday and Saturday, as well as a couple of supermarkets.

Weather in Riez

The valleys and lowland areas of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence experience the Mediterranean climate of hot summers and mild winters. Higher elevations, such as Riez, match the annual temperature variations but a few degrees cooler, yet with similar levels of sunshine. Summer temperatures top out in the low-20s °C, winters around 10-11°C. Most of the precipitation occurs during the autumn and winter.

Travel to Riez

The nearest major airport is Nice Cote d'Azur Airport at 96 miles away. This has a multitude of direct flights to the UK and is by far the best flight option. Driving to the south of France is quite doable, however, and only takes a couple of days from the southeast of England. Trains, too, are a possible option to Nice in around nine hours with good connections from London, but getting to Riez from Nice is almost impossible without a car.

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    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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    House #595753a
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      Exceptional! 5/5
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      Apartment #643847a
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        Excellent! 4.6/5
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        Villa #648600a
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          Apartment #1414921a
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            House #6619300
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              • 2 BR
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              Guest House #6531198
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                House #6471278
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                    House #1015624a
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                      House #637657a
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                        Exceptional! 5/5
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                        Apartment #1280403a
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                          • 2 BR
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                          Apartment #659749a
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                            Apartment #1377663a
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                              • 1 BA
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                              Cottage #1051850a
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                                Exceptional! 5/5
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                                • 2 BR
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                                Apartment #655277a
                                10
                                Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
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                                  • 1 BR
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                                  Studio #1450078a
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                                    Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                    • 5 BR
                                    • 2 BA
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                                    Chateau / Country House #624893a
                                    12
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                                      • 2 BR
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                                      House #6585153
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                                        Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                        • 3 BR
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                                        • Sleeps 7
                                        Villa #947422a
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                                          • 4 BR
                                          • 3 BA
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                                          Villa #6952494
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                                            • 4 BR
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                                            Villa #1127996a
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                                              Cottage #1342465a
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                                                • 2 BR
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                                                Cottage #1418224a
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                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                  • 1 BR
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                                                  Apartment #631630a
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                                                    • 2 BR
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                                                    House #974876a
                                                    3
                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                      • 3 BR
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                                                      House #655272a
                                                      7
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                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                        Villa #618828a
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                                                          House #6376912
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                                                              House #1522063a
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                                                                • 3 BR
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                                                                Mobile Home #1529850a
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                                                                  House #1527058a
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                                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                                    • 5 BR
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                                                                    House #1423543a
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                                                                      • 6 BR
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                                                                      Villa #6623725
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                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                                        House #1363146a
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                                                                          House #1447228a
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                                                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                                            Apartment #586696a
                                                                            17
                                                                            Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                              • 2 BR
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                                                                              House #6448843
                                                                              18
                                                                              Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                Apartment #586695a
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                                                                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 2 BR
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                                                                                  Apartment #1441817a
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                                                                                    • 2 BR
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                                                                                    Cottage #1449665a
                                                                                    Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                      (11 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 1 BR
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                                                                                      Multiple rentals House #639726a
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                                                                                      Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        • 3 BR
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                                                                                        Cottage #1423402a
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                                                                                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          • 3 BR
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                                                                                          Villa #844427
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
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                                                                                            Apartment #1379191a
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                                                                                              Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                                              (6 reviews)
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                                                                                              • Studio
                                                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                                                              Multiple rentals Studio #639726a
                                                                                              6
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                                                                                                • 3 BR
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                                                                                                House #1521906a
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                                                                                                  • 1 BR
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                                                                                                  Apartment #913201a
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                                                                                                  Recent Reviews

                                                                                                  perfect!

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  We had a brilliant stay in this apartment. There are views from the front door over the lake. The accommodation was clean and had everything we needed and is very close to the intermarche which was handy! The location was perfect as the village is walking distance and much less crowded than some others nearer the gorge but had everything that we wanted. The accommodation is at the top of the village so is an uphill walk from the lake which was fine for us but some people may struggle with it. Thank you for a brilliant holiday and we will definately be coming back again!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                  Super location and villa supplied us with all our needs. A great holiday.

                                                                                                  4 of 5
                                                                                                  The villa is only a short hilly walk from the village, great for buying your fresh bread for breakfast in the morning. Nice location great views and very quiet. The pool is gorgeous so warm and the caretaker cleans it a couple of times during the week. You can hire bedding and towels, but would advise you take own towels as the hire ones are only bath towels and not bath sheets so a little small. Kitchen is nicely equipped but does not have a kettle or an oven just a job. There is a BBQ but very dirty and rusty. We bought a cheap BBQ in the supermarket and left it there. The caretakers only speak French but are very friendly and helpful. The villa on arrival was clean and the caretakers who live next door were quick to unlock and show us around. The villa is close to the amazing lavender fields a beautiful area. The village of Valensole has a couple of bars that also serve food and there are a couple of nice gift shops, a really lovely village with great friendly atmosphere. We would definitely think of staying at the villa again.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: Jul 06, 2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016