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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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    • 3 BR
    • 1 BA
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    Apartment #643847a
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      Wonderful! 4.8/5
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      Apartment #659749a
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        Apartment #1007617a
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          House #1565746a
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            Excellent! 4.6/5
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            • 2 BA
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            Villa #648600a
            14
            Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 6
              Apartment #1377663a
              Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 6
                Apartment #655277a
                10
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                  • 2 BR
                  • 1 BA
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                  House #1015624a
                  3
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                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                    (11 reviews)
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                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 2
                    Apartment #1280403a
                    11
                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                      • 4 BR
                      • 2 BA
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                      House #6471278
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                        House #1522063a
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                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
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                          Apartment #1414921a
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                            • 1 BA
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                            Studio #1450078a
                            4
                            Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                              • 4 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Separate Toilets
                              • Sleeps 7
                              House #595753a
                              6
                                • 3 BR
                                • 2 BA
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                                House #655272a
                                7
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                                  • 1 BA
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                                  Cottage #1051850a
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                                    • 2 BR
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                                    Cottage #1496762a
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
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                                      House #974876a
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                                        • 3 BR
                                        • 2 BA
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                                        House #858899a
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                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 6
                                          Cottage #1418224a
                                          Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                            • 1 BR
                                            • 1 BA
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                                            Cottage #1342465a
                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                              (5 reviews)
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                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
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                                              Villa #618828a
                                              5
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
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                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                House #6376912
                                                1
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                                                  • 4 BR
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                                                  House #1358775a
                                                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                    (12 reviews)
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                                                    • 5 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                    • Sleeps 12
                                                    Chateau / Country House #624893a
                                                    12
                                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                      (9 reviews)
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                                                      • 3 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Separate Toilets
                                                      • Sleeps 7
                                                      Villa #947422a
                                                      9
                                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                        • Sleeps 5
                                                        House #6585153
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                                                          • 4 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                          Villa #1127996a
                                                          2
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                                                            • 4 BR
                                                            • 3 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 9
                                                            Villa #6952494
                                                            Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                              (22 reviews)
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                                                              • 1 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 3
                                                              Apartment #1874566
                                                              22
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                                                                • 1 BR
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                                                                Apartment #1424170a
                                                                1
                                                                Viewed 43 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                  (21 reviews)
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                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                  Villa #1454302a
                                                                  21
                                                                  Viewed 208 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                    (10 reviews)
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                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                    House #1437381a
                                                                    10
                                                                    Viewed 63 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                      House #1463748a
                                                                      2
                                                                      Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                        (16 reviews)
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                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                        Apartment #1768623
                                                                        16
                                                                        Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                          (49 reviews)
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Multiple rentals Cottage #1280629a
                                                                          49
                                                                          Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                            (14 reviews)
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                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 5
                                                                            Cottage #1853965
                                                                            14
                                                                            Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                              (16 reviews)
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                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Studio #1446018a
                                                                              16
                                                                              Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                Villa #1981802
                                                                                2
                                                                                Viewed 58 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                  (12 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                                  Cottage #661265a
                                                                                  12
                                                                                  Viewed 32 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                    (10 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Cottage #1446945a
                                                                                    10
                                                                                    Viewed 83 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                      (6 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                      House #922414a
                                                                                      6
                                                                                      Viewed 62 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                        (8 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                                        House #6727074
                                                                                        8
                                                                                        Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                          (16 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          House #903954a
                                                                                          16
                                                                                          Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                            (16 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            House #1179701a
                                                                                            16
                                                                                            Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                              (21 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                                              • Sleeps 3
                                                                                              Apartment #586696a
                                                                                              21
                                                                                              Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                                                (6 reviews)
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                                                                                                • Studio
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                House #1404740a
                                                                                                6
                                                                                                Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                  House #1536804a
                                                                                                  Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                   

                                                                                                  Recent Reviews

                                                                                                  Excellent in every way

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  We loved staying at Les Lavandes. The apartment is on the ground floor of a renovated old house and is superbly equipped with modern furniture. There is a small fenced private garden, but shared access to a much bigger area which includes a delightful private pool (shared with the guests staying at the other gite in the house).The views are extensive over vineyards and olive trees. The boulangerie, alimentation and boucherie are in the village only a five minute walk (uphill). There's easy access to Manosque, the Verdon Gorge, the Luberon and picturesque villages. The owners are very helpful and generous - with some nice gifts on arrival - but do not bother guests at all. I fully recommend Les Lavandes for a relaxing holiday.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: Jul 04, 2017
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                                                  Delightful villa

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  Comfortable, well equipped house in a great location with super views and a very helpful owner. What more could you want.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017