Destination guide

France—a reputation for romance

With its snow-capped mountains and an infinite variety of beaches, intriguing museums and Medieval castles, who could help but adore the natural beauty and rich historical heritage of France? From the bohemian streets of Paris to the vibrant lavender fields of Provence, this country sparkles with the passion for cuisine, literature and, of course, romance that has made it a byword for cultural sophistication. For visitors who want to immerse themselves in the magic of France, vacation rentals are the ideal choice, allowing you to experience the country from a local's perspective.

Things to do

France's myriad wonders

No matter where your vacation rental in France lies, you can be sure of finding some fascinating sites nearby. Paris is brimming with iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and hallowed cultural institutions; curious minds will want to spend the whole day exploring the exhibition halls of the city's science and natural history museums. Further away from the capital, you can tour enchanting spots such as the wine châteaux of Bordeaux and the imposing basilicas of Toulouse and Marseilles, or be blown away by spectacular live shows at Puy do Fou, a unique historical theme park.

Activities

Endlessly entertaining France

For adrenaline junkies, there's an abundance of adventures to be had wherever you go in France—vacation rentals are available all over the country, in close proximity to extreme-sports facilities like the ski resorts of the Alps. You could stay in a charming chalet and taste the unbeatable thrill of hurtling down the expert-level slopes at Chamonix. Or, if you'd rather relax and take things easy, you could settle down in a chic apartment in a trendy French city like Paris or Lyon, right beside some of the most glamorous shopping districts in the world.

Weather

Forecasting France

Thanks to the 4 different climatic zones of France, vacation rentals can be booked for any time of the year without risking the wrong kind of weather. The Mediterranean south has high temperatures all year round and very little rain, so you could beat the crowds by trying a beach getaway in the fall. The cooler, wetter climate of the north means that a peak-season visit there is ideal, while France's Atlantic seaboard is mild and pleasant in the springtime. Eastern and central France have agreeably warm summers, great for lazy days swimming in their meandering rivers or sunbathing on the patio.

Natural features

The natural diversity of France

Massive mountain ranges dominate the southern French terrain, including the Alps, the Pyrenees, and the Massif Central. The snowscapes and panoramic views of these uplands give way to rolling hills covered by aromatic fields of lavender in Provence, before transitioning to the famous white-sandy beaches of the Riviera, where you can find some of the most luxurious vacation rentals in France. The northern half of the country is made up of vast plains of farmland, interspersed with thick deciduous forests which are home to red deer and wild boar.

Where to stay around France?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 224,213 vacation rentals near France. From 17,697 Villas to 70,503 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near France for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in France?

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

  • Paris: 6,110 vacation rentals
  • Nice: 7,823 vacation rentals
  • Paris City Centre: 5,928 vacation rentals
  • Provence: 42,661 vacation rentals
  • Cannes: 9,746 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in France! 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 France?

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 France:

  • Paris: 6,110 rentals
  • Nice: 7,823 rentals
  • Cannes: 9,746 rentals
  • Bordeaux: 1,247 rentals
  • Lyon: 924 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 France?

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

  • Beaune (XBV): 490 vacation rentals
  • Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG): 6,142 vacation rentals
  • Orange (XOG-Orange-Caritat Air Base): 5,269 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 France?

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

  • Eiffel Tower: 4,552 rentals
  • Euro Disney Resort: 2,475 rentals
  • Paris Champs de Mars-Eiffel Tower Station: 6,303 rentals
  • Notre-Dame: 6,391 rentals
  • Val Thorens: 10,288 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around France 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 France

Corsica
10,901 vacation rentals
Normandy
8,575 vacation rentals
Île-de-France
7,107 vacation rentals
Loire Valley
2,920 vacation rentals
Brittany
17,406 vacation rentals
PACA
54,134 vacation rentals
Occitanie
31,914 vacation rentals
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
2,955 vacation rentals
Pays de la Loire
7,883 vacation rentals
Grand Est
5,452 vacation rentals
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
38,886 vacation rentals
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
32,038 vacation rentals
Hauts-de-France
3,562 vacation rentals
Tuscany
33,600 vacation rentals
Sardinia
14,842 vacation rentals
England
71,715 vacation rentals
Brussels-Capital Region
660 vacation rentals
Wales
10,998 vacation rentals
Madrid
3,776 vacation rentals
Liguria
7,476 vacation rentals