The sun-kissed corner of the South of France is remarkably beautiful and full of contrast. If you're after a short-haul sojourn packed with lazy days on dazzling beaches, fine dining experiences, fascinating culture and scenery that inspired artists such as Van Gogh, then a villa holiday in southern France is ideal.
Our South of France villas can be found in the sun-drenched regions of the glamorous French Riviera (Cote d'Azur), on the laid-back island of Corsica, and in picture-perfect Provence in southeastern France, bordering Italy. Whether you're seeking an adventure-packed holiday or are in need of an indulgent and restful break, rent a villa in the South of France, and you'll never want to leave.
The South of France is the perfect destination for a villa holiday; it takes just over an hour to fly there, has a wonderful, reliable climate suiting a visit at any time of the year, and there is so much to see and do in the region. Choose a villa with a pool for a wonderful family break and explore Southern France's most beautiful areas, including Provence and the French Riviera (Cote d'Azur) – the embodiment of French sophistication.
Things to do in South of France
No matter which region of Southern France you decide on, there is something for every family member, and it can be as relaxed or action-packed as you like. The South of France is a great place to explore, as getting around is easy thanks to the excellent road and rail network.
There is a huge variety of things to do during a villa holiday in France – the coastline and its beaches are superb, the chic resorts and sleepy old villages are perfect for perusing, historic Roman sites can be found around every corner, and there are abundant watersports to try in the azure Mediterranean Sea.
The coastline of Southern France is adorned with spectacular beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, ideal if sun, sea and sand are high up on your holiday agenda. Perhaps you want an exclusive beach club dotted with luxury cabanas?
Or maybe a resort with fancy waterside restaurants serving gourmet meals for just the two of you? If you're travelling as a family, you may desire soft sands and expansive shorelines with shallow water and plenty of watersports.
Whichever sandy spot you've got your heart set on, our villas in the South of France are within easy reach of the best beaches.
With its white sand and crystal blue ocean, Biarritz is a beautiful beach that attracts tourists and locals alike. It's also known for its waves, making it a hotspot for surfers. As one of the region's most fashionable beaches, you might see some celebs basking in the sun.
Who hasn't heard of Saint Tropez? It's one of the world's most famous resorts, attracting various people. With large stretches of sand and plentiful water to swim in, the beaches in Saint Tropez are so much more than a fashion statement.
Pampelonne Beach is one of the most popular in the region, but try to get there early as it does get busy.
Home to the infamous film festival that attracts Hollywood's finest each year, Cannes is a luxury resort with a range of private and beautiful beaches that capture the imagination. One of the most popular beaches in the area is Plage du Midi, which has a children's play area so the parents can relax.
Another infamous destination for tourists and expats is Nice. Once again, this resort combines luxury with sophistication, making it a perfect destination for families. You'll find a range of beaches in the area, with excellent facilities and nearby restaurants.
If you're heading to Languedoc, remember to visit Narbonne Plage. It's got plenty of activities for people to enjoy, including beach volleyball, paddleboarding and even kite surfing. There's also a promenade, which people use for rollerskating and cycling, along with lifeguards during the summer.
Overall, Narbonne Plage might be in Europe, but it has a distinctly American feel, with many comparing it to Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
Nightlife in South of France
From laid-back jazz cafés and concerts held in ancient Roman amphitheatres to trendy cocktail bars and hip nightclubs, the South of France offers something for everyone after dark.
For a lively evening out, the celebrity-laden likes of St Tropez and Monaco have plenty of famous clubs where you can party with the A-listers. But there are so many tranquil options across the region, too, including subdued late-night lounges and intimate neighbourhood bars and pubs with a relaxed mix of tourists and locals.
Whatever your entertainment taste, there is something for everyone when renting a villa in the South of France.
Le Bar à Vin
This popular Cannes bar is ideal if you're not into nightclubs. It's one of the most extravagant wine bars in the South of France, stocking a wide range of wines for all pallets.
Le Bar Americain
Grace Kelly made her home in Monaco, and the American-themed bar is a testament to her. It's based on classical American culture and is excellent for cocktails and relaxing vibes.
Provence might not be as lively as the French Riviera, but it doesn't hold back on its nightclubs. Bar Barracuda has a distinct pirate theme, with a strong focus on rum-based drinks. It's fun and lively and will be a fun place to relax in the evening.
Food and Drink in South of France
France is an exciting place for foodies and oenophiles to venture to, especially its southern region, where the intoxicating mix of sun and sea make the fresh local produce irresistible. France is the birthplace of the Michelin star and one of the world's largest wine producers, so it's only natural that you'd want to make the most of its culinary delights!
Our villas in the south of France are equipped with everything you need for self-catering too, so if you fancy a night in, it's easier than ever!
Local markets and shops are ideal for grabbing some fresh ingredients to cook on your barbecue, so you can create your alfresco feast and eat at a time that suits you!
History and Culture in South of France
South of France villa holidays are packed with treasures that appeal to culture vultures and history buffs. As well as being blessed with excellent museums, art studios and brilliant natural landscapes, the South of France is peppered with Roman ruins and photogenic medieval villages to explore.
Rent a villa in the South of France to put you in the heart of the action, so you can uncover the region's fascinating past.
Tour Provence's hilltop villages
There's nothing like a hilltop village, and Provence has plenty of them. Each oozes charm and sophistication, along with magnificent countryside. Ansouis is a medieval town with an impressive castle and a pretty garden, while Les Baux de Provence brings history to life with its Quarry of Light show.
Stroll along the cobbled streets, witness the majestic castle while taking in the sunshine, and then head to Gordes. It's undoubtedly one of the most photogenic spots in Provence, with stunning buildings dotted around the many hills.
Pont du Gard
If you appreciate Roman history, a trip to this famous aqueduct is a must. The Unesco World Heritage Site is in fantastic condition, so visitors can walk across it and appreciate the fantastic views.
Browse the antique shops
As a country with so much history, it will come as no surprise that antique lovers flock to the Riviera each year. Cannes has plenty of antiques markets to choose between, while Brocantes is ideal if you're looking for high-end antiques.
You can also find some vintage items at the many markets in the area, so there's something for everyone.
Take a wine tour
France is famous for its wine and Provence is one of the world's biggest production and distribution regions. There are so many fantastic wine tours available in Aix en Provence, including wine-tasting experiences.
Head to a private vineyard and witness the production process, then stock up on some wine to take home with you.
While the South of France is known as one of the most sophisticated destinations in the world, it still offers plenty if you're looking for a family holiday that everyone will enjoy.
You also don't have to stay on the beaches of St Tropez or walk around the towns all day, because the region has a range of exciting experiences for younger people.
Le Petit Paradis
Le Petit Paradis is an animal park which lets visitors interact with an impressive thirty species. From guinea pigs to goats and everything in between, kids love this large petting zoo.
Meze Dinosaur Museum
The great thing about France holidays is they take you back in time, and the Meze Dinosaur Museum is the perfect way to get the little ones interested in history. Witness authentic replicas of dinosaurs and let the kids enjoy the many exhibits.
Aqualand Cap d'Agde
The South of France has loads of water parks for families to enjoy, but most would agree that Aqualand is the most popular. It has small pools for young children, a lazy river and thrill-riding slides for adventurers.
Oomerang and Tornado are among the best when it comes to Europe's tallest slides, and the little ones will love playing in the swimming pool.
Villas on the French Riviera
If you're looking for luxury holiday villas, the French Riviera won't let you down. Our luxury villas are located in Nice, Cannes and St Tropez, all within walking distance of the local amenities and beaches.
Luxury villas with a private heated pool
There's nothing better than having your own private space, and our villas allow you to say goodbye to the shared swimming pool and take advantage of your private pool. Many of our villas have heated options, so you can enjoy them year-round.
Accommodating between one to six people, you can enjoy large private villas or townhouses with terraced gardens in the most sought-after Cote d'Azur locations.
Holiday villas in Provence
Whether in the bustling resort of Aix En Provence, the laid-back village of Gourdes, or the lavender fields of St. Remy De Provence, we have the perfect villa for you.
Some are modern homes, while others offer an authentic French experience with a rustic exterior and traditional décor.
Provence villas with a private pool
We have a beautiful range of villas for all budgets, and each comes with all the amenities you'd expect. Take advantage of free WiFi, air-conditioned bedrooms, an indoor or outdoor dining room and satellite tv.
Many of our villas are close to the rolling hills that characterise Provence, and you'll love the independent shops that are just a short walk away.
Let's not forget that there's always a spectacular view wherever you might be staying.
Choose Solmar Villas for a romantic getaway or family holiday
With so much to offer, the South of France will continue to be a top destination for tourists. If you need help figuring out where to stay, please feel free to contact our friendly team. We're happy to help you choose between our villas in the South of France.
It's best to book in advance, as the villas always fill up quickly, especially due to their close proximity to the designer shops and art galleries. Whether you're looking for a relaxed break or a luxury vacation, you'll find everything you need at Solmar Villas.