Whether you call this stretch of Mediterranean coast the French Riviera or Côte d'Azur, it’s one of the world's most gilded seaside destinations, where the rich and famous come to enjoy long sunny days beneath brilliant blue skies. The region’s calling card is its 75 miles of coastline, where trendy bars and restaurants are fronted by gorgeous golden-sand beaches. A string of towns trace the Cote d'Azur and they’re home to some of Europe’s most iconic spots; from Monaco’s marble-and-gold casino and Nice's Promenade des Anglais, to the renowned Cannes film festival and St-Tropez's superyacht-strewn harbour. When the boats and Bulgari get too much, venture inland to traverse one of the medieval towns or sleepy hilltop villages, with a labyrinth of cobbled alleys speckled with cafés and ruined ramparts.
Looking for the best places to stay on the French Riviera? Our selection of villas can be found across the Côte d’Azur’s most well-known resorts, perfectly situated to take advantage of the myriad attractions.
From our villas in French Riviera, or Cotê d’Azur, you can easily explore this stretch of coastline, one of the most alluring regions in France. Our handpicked selection of rental homes all offerfirst-class facilities and lovely outdoor spaces with a private pool, to guarantee a memorable holiday for families, groups of friends, couples, and everyone in between! Whether you’re a savvy shopper, celeb-spotter, adventurous foodie or beach buff, there’s something with your name on it when you rent a villa in the French Riviera.
Things to do in French Riviera
Aside from supercars, superyachts and superstars, there are plenty of other things worth keeping an eye out for during a villa holiday in the French Riviera. Ever-sunny skies (there are around 300 days of sunshine per year!) and a gentle sea breeze make this a great place to get out and about to marvel at Belle Époque palaces with well-groomed gardens, postcard-perfect villages and the lavender-scented countryside. Rent a villa in a prestigious resort or a rustic farmhouse-style retreat in a traditional French village, and you will be well-positioned to make the most of the playground where glamour was invented!
Beaches in French Riviera
It’s no surprise that life revolves around the shore in this sun-baked region. Firstly, there are the impossibly blue seas that give the Côte d’Azur its name, then there are the miles upon miles of sandy strips, many of which have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag for their cleanliness. If you’re heading here for a beach holiday you’re spoiled for choice; your options range from lovely family-friendly spots with safe, shallow waters and gentle watersports, to secret coves backed by sweet-smelling pine forests and exclusive beach clubs serving swanky cocktails.
Nightlife in French Riviera
Enjoy a sundowner or two in one of ourvillas in the Côte d’Azur next to your very own private pool, before lapping up the atmosphere in one of the buzzing coastal towns after dark. From St Tropez all the way to Monaco, the hotspots are just a stone’s throw from one another and offer a heady mix of nightlife. Some come for the laid-back bars with live music, while others crave the high-octane nightclubs with the VIP treatment. Whichever region you and your family or friends decide on, our villas are set in convenient positions with easy access to the entertainment that floats your boat!
Food and Drink in French Riviera
The French Riviera boasts lush landscapes, vivid lavender fields, azure coastline... and mouthwatering food. When you are visiting the likes of Nice, St. Tropez, Cannes or Monaco, you can expect plenty of fresh seafood dishes to pop up on the menu – unsurprising given its coastal location. Petit friture (tiny fried fish), stuffed sardines and bouillabaisse (fish strew) draw on the bounty of the sea, while other classic dishes like Ratatouille and tapenade use fresh vegetables and olives from local groves, best washed down with a glass of rosé! You can expect a wide choice of eateries, some with Michelin-star menus, and others that are more low-key yet equally delicious.
History and Culture in French Riviera
Beyond the coast, the Cote d’Azur boasts a rich cultural heritage. The landscape is dotted with 19th-century chateaux, medieval cottages and Roman remains, along with museums housing fascinating artifacts and galleries with Picasso and Matisse exhibits. People-watch in tiny medieval villages to soak up the real France, as locals play boules and go about their daily activities. We recommend a Cote d'Azur villa holiday to give you the freedom to uncover the wealth of history, culture and charm of your surroundings at your own pace.