Featured Destination - France
A firm favourite, France offers so many choices, from the chic boutiques and street cafés of Paris, to the miles of sandy beaches on the Atlantic coastline and the glitz and glamour of the South of France, to the majestic river valleys and canyons of the Dordogne and Lot rivers. Choose from holiday homes in Brittany or Normandy with breath-taking coastal scenery or rich green countryside. There are so many exciting options for your holidays in France.
Self catering in Brittany or Normandy is a family favourite, and the thrill of cooking ‘a la maison’ using local produce and freshly caught fish and seafood means you can really get a taste of the place! You will find beautiful sandy beaches and rocky coves and inlets along the so called pink granite coast at Perros-Guirec as well as impressive chalk cliffs like those near Etretat, famously painted by Monet. Chic resorts like Deauville, Trouville and Dinard and historic sites like Mont St Michel have long attracted tourists, while the rocky peninsula of Finistère has a wealth of sandy beaches and sweeping bays washed by the Atlantic Ocean a favourite destination for surfers and sailors. The area round the Gulf of Morbihan has an almost mystic feel with its standing stones at Carnac and ruins often with ancient celtic myths attached. The bustling ports of Lorient and towns like Vannes and Quimper are well worth visiting, as are the beaches at Le Pouldu, Doëlan and those of the Quiberon peninsula.
A holiday in Vendee is for those who enjoy vast sandy beaches where surfing and sailing or just buckets and spades are the order of the day! For Holidays in south west of France head for Aquitaine a region where gastronomy and excellent wines combine with strong traditions and a rich history and the promise of a warmer climate tempered by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The acres of pine forests of the Landes criss-crossed with cycle ways to long stretches of sandy beaches are perfect for families, whilst the towering sand dunes at Pyla (the highest being over 100 metres high!) will amaze and challenge you to reach the top! A self-catering Dordogne cottage is great for active families who enjoy canoeing, cycling or just exploring this amazing region of caves and historical castles.
While on your Provence holiday, why not indulge in some celebrity spotting or enjoy the café culture and shopping in chic St Tropez, Nice or Cannes. Antibes and Juan les Pins boast fine beaches, cafés and bars and a very lively nightlife scene. Home to many celebrities whose grand villas are set high on the wooded hillside above the town, it hosts a famous Jazz festival at the end of July each year. If you can tear yourself away from your Provence holiday villa, why not take a stroll through one of the ‘perched villages’ of the Var such as Callian, Fayence, Mons or Montauroux, where narrow winding streets steeped in history and the ancient houses of honey coloured stone reflect the warmth of the Mediterranean sun.
From the flat saltmarshes of the Camargue and the hills of the Alpilles to the heights of Mont Ventoux and the Luberon mountains, the Bouches du Rhone offers a wide variety of landscapes, a rich history and interesting towns such as Aix-en-Provence and Arles. Its neighbour the Languedoc also boasts a vibrant Roman history and a trip to the Pont du Gard evidences their engineering skills. This region, where vines have been planted for centuries, has many ‘domaines’ and villages which yield award winning wines, and one can visit the caves to taste and buy direct from the producer. Modern seaside resorts such as La Grande Motte and le Grau du Roi offer sandy beaches and purpose built facilities and marinas. Marseille a bustling and important port and convenient international airport for all south of France holiday villas. Cassis, La Ciotat and Bandol with their beautiful coastline of ‘calanques’ or coves and Hyères with its vast stretches of sandy beaches are favourite destinations.
We are certain that you will find your perfect villa in the south of France offering you not only stylish accommodation and a private pool but the opportunity to enjoy the gastronomy, rich culture and a sunny climate. So don’t delay, book your villa holiday now and get the pick of the bunch!