France is an incredibly diverse country with a wealth of beautiful and varied regions, making it hard to choose when planning your holiday to France. As a holiday destination, France can be visited all year round. Enjoy the warmth of the Mediterranean sunshine by the pool of your holiday villa in France with a glass of rosé in hand; relax in your countryside cottage and enjoy local French cuisine on your terrace alongside the beautiful smells of the lavender fields. Explore Brittany’s beautiful unspoiled and lush nature or go hiking in the Alps, where you will be surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. Immerse yourself in the culture and discover France’s incredible history and heritage by renting a gîte in the Loire valley.
Experience the relaxed French way of life from your holiday home with total comfort and convenience.
Weather in France
You can visit France all year long – each of its regions has something unique to offer depending on the season.
If you are looking for sun-filled holidays and beautiful beaches, renting a villa with pool in the South of France; between May and September is ideal.
Enjoy the Mediterranean climate with an average temperature of 30 degrees in the summer, ideal for perfecting that summer tan. The Côte d’Azur can be very dry, so if you prefer a milder climate, head to the Atlantic coast where you can enjoy less crowded beaches and great conditions for watersports.
The Bassin d’Arcachon, next to Bordeaux is a perfect option for a family holiday to France, where kids will have a blast running up and down its sand dune, la “Dune du Pyla” – the highest in Europe.
Autumn is also a great time of year to visit France, especially the wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Beaujolais and the Rhône Valley, where you can learn about the harvesting process and taste some of the best wines in the world.
From December to March, winter sports lovers will find everything they are looking for when renting a chalet in the French Alps. The Alps offer some of the best slopes in Europe and breathtaking scenery. Stroll around quaint villages with homey apres-skis and enjoy warm drinks after a long day of skiing.
Beaches in France
The French coastline is very diverse and the country has shores bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, giving you lots of options for your beach holiday to France.
The most famous beach holiday destination in France is the Côte d’Azur (The French Riviera). Rent a luxury villa with a private pool in Nice for glamorous holidays under the sun. Join the jet-set in Saint-Tropez or spend lazy days enjoying the Mediterranean climate on the stunning beaches of Antibes, with crystal clear waters and fine white sand.
Brittany is famous for its beautiful rugged nature, tranquil beaches and quaint fishing villages. Rent a beach villa in Brittany for family holidays to France, since the region is particularly well-suited for children. The beaches are safe and less crowded than in the south and you will find lots of activities to entertain the whole family: sailing, kayaking, surfing, biking, hiking. Enjoy the beautiful Caribbean-like white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Brittany’s small islands, the only difference will be the water’s temperature. It is also home to the most stunning bay in Europe, La Baule, a smart resort offering a large variety of sophisticated restaurants and plenty of activities for the whole family!
Nature in France
France is a country that hosts a huge variety of stunning natural landscapes.
In the South, you will be amazed by the beautiful rugged landscapes of Calanques; the sparkling turquoise waters and rocky cliffs with lush pine forests in the background will take your breath away.
In the West, discover the wave-battered bays of Brittany, with its long stretches of white sand, safe beaches, rocky coves and vast lush green countryside, it is a paradise for family holidays to France. Don’t miss the pink granite coast – Côte de Granit Rose – a rare pink rock formation over 300 million years old, which has been shaped by the effects of wind and water erosion.
Choose your holiday rental in the east of France and be surrounded by the astonishing landscapes of the Alps. A region full of stunning lakes, rushing rivers, valleys with wildflowers and high mountains, including the Mont Blanc (the highest point in Western Europe).
Inland, discover prehistoric sites and cliffs in the region of Dordogne – the cave paintings of Lascaux are a must-see.
Spend a few days in the beautiful region of Provence and wander the purple lavender fields, feel the sun on your skin and breath the soft scents of your surroundings.
France is a hub for culture: world-famous museums, art galleries, landmarks, majestic castles, vineyards, Gothic cathedrals and Roman amphitheatres… you will find something for everyone!
Head to Paris to enjoy art, culture and romance. Take an afternoon to admire the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo at the Louvre or the impressionists’ masterpieces at the Musee d’Orsay. Book lovers will fall in love with the iconic Shakespeare & Co bookstore, and sculptor amateurs will have a great time at the Rodin Museum, located at the hôtel Biron – the sculptor’s former house. Rent a holiday apartment in Paris and enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower or the Sacre-Coeur from your bedroom window.
Rent a holiday cottage in the Loire Valley and visit one of the majestic Renaissance Châteaux or enjoy outdoor theatre performances in Avignon near your holiday gîte. Follow the Cezanne trail in the stylish Aix-en-Provence or take a stroll in St Tropez and discover why so many painters – Signac, Matisse – were inspired by this wonderful town.
Rent a holiday home in Arles to be at the heart of French history and to discover its beautiful Roman Amphitheatre.
France is one of the first destinations that comes into mind when talking about gastronomy, wine and food tourism.
The country is full of local markets selling the best ingredients; ideal if you want to cook back at your holiday villa and enjoy dinner outside on your terrace. Stroll around and wander into local bakeries, trust your senses and follow the smell of freshly baked baguettes and croissants! Enjoy a fresh bowl of ratatouille in Provence, some traditional buckwheat crepes in Brittany or a warm Bouillabaisse fish stew in the port of Marseille.
If you are looking for a top culinary experience, there are plenty of options to book a table in one of France’s 616 Michelin-starred restaurants.
Wine enthusiasts won’t find a better place than France to learn about wine and visit world-renowned vineyards. Rent a holiday apartment in the heart of Bordeaux and visit the spectacular Cité du Vin, an interactive museum dedicated to wine. You will also be able to sample some of the best wines in the world – an experience not to be missed! Head to Burgundy to taste the world’s best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, to Provence to sample refreshing rosés and to the Champagne region to learn what makes Champagne wine so special.
Why rent a holiday home in France?
Whether it is St Tropez or Paris, the beautiful lavender fields of Provence or the stunning Alp mountains, France offers holidays for all tastes and at Sunny Rentals, you will find the perfect holiday home to accompany it. Choose from a luxury apartment in Paris for a romantic getaway to a holiday home with a private pool in Nice, ideal for a group of friends, or a beach villa in Brittany to accommodate the whole family.
Renting a holiday home in France is a great alternative to a hotel. Enjoy a comfortable stay in a beautiful cottage in France with family and friends. No matter what kind of holiday you are planning, you will enjoy the many advantages of renting self-catering holiday accommodation in France.
Rent a holiday villa in France and enjoy your own private pool, kitchen, parking and plenty of space. Private holiday rentals in France are often a cheaper option for family and group holidays.
Sunny Rentals features categories where you can search for the type of holiday home you wish to rent, in the destination you want to visit. From “beach holidays” on any of the beautiful coasts to “city breaks” in famous and vibrant cities.
Sunny Rentals offers a unique holiday letting experience where bookings are made directly through property owners. Many of our homeowners are locals and they provide the best insider knowledge about the destinations surrounding their holiday homes in France. Our team at Sunny Rentals is also always here to guide you on any questions you have about your holiday in France.
…Enjoy your stay