Destination guide

Soak up the sun and splash in the surf in the ritzy Riviera

The Cote d'Azur—also known as the French Riviera—has long been known as a vacation playground for the rich and famous. Stretching for 71 miles along the Mediterranean coastline in southeastern France, the region, which includes the state of Monaco, has been hosting aristocrats and royalty since the end of the 18th century. Today, it's noted for its high-end resorts, gourmet restaurants, and world-class museums. Luxurious beaches and surrounding mountains also serve as a giant playground for travelers. Get to know the region by booking a Cote d'Azur vacation rental in the region's largest city, Nice, or in the host of tiny seaside villages.

Things to do

Jackpot! From casinos to zoos, there's plenty of fun on hand

The region offers tours of some grand buildings, including the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a 20th-century mansion with 9 gardens, and the Prince's Palace of Monaco. A rich arts scene includes the Musee Picasso in Antibes, housed in the famed painter's personal chateau, and the Musee Marc Chagall in Nice, a complex dedicated to the beloved French artist. If you have kids staying in your Cote d'Azur vacation rental, they'll love Nice's Parc Phoenix, a zoo with aviaries and habitats for such critters as otters and wallabies. Adults can enjoy a night out at the legendary Monte Carlo Casino.


From skiing to sailing, Cote d'Azur is a year-round playground

If you're looking for adventure along the Cote d'Azur, set sail upon the high seas on a chartered yacht or try your hand at windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, and scuba diving. Back on land, take a stroll along Nice's beachfront promenade or rent a luxury car for a drive into the winding hills. During the winter, strap on your skis and head to a nearby ski resort. Book a Cote d'Azur vacation rental for May and you can experience the region's most famous annual events: the Cannes Film Festival, and Monaco's Formula One Grand Prix motor race.


With sunshine and warm temps, it's always nice in Nice

The Cote d'Azur invites you to soak up some rays as it receives more than 300 days of annual sunshine. Summers are the warmest season, however, with daytime highs often reaching the mid-80s. Some areas, such as Nice, get drenched year-round, with up to 32 inches of total rainfall. Autumn is the wettest season, so make sure you've packed your galoshes. The region also features mild winters, with daily lows dropping into the low 40s. Snow on the coast is rare but the white stuff typically dusts the nearby mountains from November to May.

Natural features

Swordfish and sandy shores—a wild watery landscape

Cote d'Azur's breathtaking scenery is dominated by the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean and a coastline dotted with a mixture of cliffs, sandy shores, and pebbly beaches. Just off the shore, you'll spot rocky outcrops and a host of small islands. Under the surface, the sea waters are teeming with tuna and swordfish, and some companies give you the chance to swim with dolphins. Trout, salmon, and bass swim in the rivers and lakes in the inland region. You'll also find numerous manicured gardens, many of which feature citrus and palm trees.

Can I find a vacation rental around Côte d'Azur?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 36,708 vacation rentals near Côte d'Azur. From 8,257 Houses to 6,044 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Côte d'Azur for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Côte d'Azur?

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

  • Italy: 159,110 vacation rentals
  • Nice: 7,743 vacation rentals
  • Provence: 42,234 vacation rentals
  • Cannes: 9,613 vacation rentals
  • Aix-en-Provence: 2,390 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Côte d'Azur! 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 Côte d'Azur?

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 Côte d'Azur:

  • Nice: 7,743 rentals
  • Cannes: 9,613 rentals
  • Aix-en-Provence: 2,390 rentals
  • Antibes: 11,315 rentals
  • Marseille: 3,869 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 Côte d'Azur?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Côte d'Azur are:

  • Cagnes-sur-Mer (XCG): 14,074 vacation rentals
  • Cote D'Azur Airport (NCE): 14,027 vacation rentals
  • Frejus Saint Raphael Airport (FRJ): 15,326 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 Côte d'Azur?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Côte d'Azur. 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: 3,465 rentals
  • Port of Nice: 1,591 rentals
  • CAP 3000 Shopping Center: 14,034 rentals
  • Villefranche-sur-Mer Station: 12,397 rentals
  • Promenade de la Croisette: 16,090 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Côte d'Azur 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.

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