Destination guide

Eat, drink, and love in beautiful Provence

If you're booking a Provence vacaction rental, congrats! You've chosen one of Europe's most beautiful and popular destinations. This is where you can lose yourself in a landscape of fragrant lavendar fields, olive groves, and lush vineyards. Or relax on golden sands while you gaze at the seas of the Cote d'Azur, as known as the French Riviera. France's second-largest city, Marseille, is in Provence, and it's full of historical buildings and French culture. There's also elegant Nice, glamorous Cannes and charming Avignon. And if you're elevation-inclined, the southern Alps straddle Provence and the Italian border.

Things to do

Something for the city mouse and the country mouse

Are you a city mouse? Bustling Marseilles is where you'll find cultural attractions like the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, and Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica. If you fancy a visit to the famous French Riviera, try the resort towns of Saint-Tropez or Cannes. There's also elegant Nice, where you can see Musee Matisse and do some seaside shopping on the Promenade des Anglais. Hike around the Verdon Gorge and admire the turquoise river that cuts through the steep cliffs. And you'll have a divine time at Palais des Papes, the Palace of the Popes, in Avignon.

Activities

Ma cherie, the sights you'll see are tres jolie

Grab a guidebook and get ready to do some serious sightseeing throughout Provence's famous countryside. Many famous artists created works here, including Picasso, Matisse, Monet, and Van Gogh. You can see their art at various museums or wander the region to see the landscapes that inspired them. Provence weather is ideal for grape-growing, so naturally, there are many local wines to enjoy with a hearty Provencal stew or rich seafood bouillabase. And drop some Euros at the local Provencal markets, which you'll probably find near your Provence vacational rental.

Weather

You might get an occasional wind of the Mistral

Most of Provence is a warm Mediterranean climate where you'll enjoy blue skies and dry, sunny days. Colder areas are around the Alps, where it snows. Further inland and around the coast, the big weather variation comes from the Mistral, a strong year-round wind that can gust up to 50 miles an hour. It creates chilly weather, especially in the winter, so pack that jacket. You might see some rain in September through November, but snow, not so much. July and August are the hottest months, with highs in the 80s, while December and January lows hover in the 30s.

Natural features

From east to west, you'll find your dream landscape

Provence vacation rentals cover some diverse ground. To the west is the Rhone River, a major highway of commerce for France and the Mediterranean for centuries. To the east there's the Italian border and the southern Alps, and then to the south is the Mediterranean Sea and the Camargue, western Europe's largest river delta with lagoons, sandbars, and marshes. The striking blue Verdon River cuts through the limestone canyons, creating the popular Verdon Gorge. In the limestone hills of this area, you'll find lots of vegetation known as the Garrigue, fragrant plants and trees like juniper, thyme, sage, and rosemary.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Provence

The nearest airport is in Marseille (MRS-Marseille - Provence), located 29.8 mi (48 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Avignon (AVN-Caumont), which is 40.5 mi (65.2 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Aix-en-Provence Meyrargues Station, Pertuis Station and Manosque-Greoux-les-Bains Station are the main stations in the city. You can see more of Provence by jumping on the metro at La Rose Station, Frais Vallon Metro Station or Malpasse Station.

Where to stay around Provence?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 43,693 vacation rentals near Provence. From 15,743 Houses to 7,597 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Provence for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Provence?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Provence. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Italy: 165,583 vacation rentals
  • Nice: 7,950 vacation rentals
  • Cannes: 10,012 vacation rentals
  • Aix-en-Provence: 2,486 vacation rentals
  • Côte d'Azur: 37,232 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Provence! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Provence?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Provence:

  • Nice: 7,950 rentals
  • Cannes: 10,012 rentals
  • Aix-en-Provence: 2,486 rentals
  • Antibes: 11,753 rentals
  • Marseille: 3,995 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Provence?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Provence are:

  • Orange (XOG-Orange-Caritat Air Base): 5,377 vacation rentals
  • Cagnes-sur-Mer (XCG): 14,538 vacation rentals
  • Cote D'Azur Airport (NCE): 14,435 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Provence?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Provence. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Eze-Sur-Mer Port: 3,580 rentals
  • Arles (ZAF-Arles Train Station): 3,005 rentals
  • Port of Nice: 1,652 rentals
  • CAP 3000 Shopping Center: 14,519 rentals
  • Villefranche-sur-Mer Station: 12,761 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Provence listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Provence

Nice
7,950 vacation rentals
Cannes
10,012 vacation rentals
Aix-en-Provence
2,486 vacation rentals
Antibes
11,753 vacation rentals
Marseille
3,995 vacation rentals
St-Tropez
6,315 vacation rentals
Avignon
3,767 vacation rentals
Villefranche-sur-Mer
5,340 vacation rentals
St-Rémy-de-Provence
3,097 vacation rentals
Cassis
3,668 vacation rentals
Gordes
3,102 vacation rentals
Arles
2,232 vacation rentals
Uzès
1,222 vacation rentals
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
3,742 vacation rentals
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
3,181 vacation rentals
Èze
3,844 vacation rentals
St Paul de Vence
2,164 vacation rentals
Orange
4,087 vacation rentals
Lourmarin
2,104 vacation rentals
Grasse
8,298 vacation rentals