Destination guide

Forget Paris! Southern France will make you dance

France loves to change the names and borders of its regions, so for now, Southern France encompasses 5 regions, and as you might imagine, they're all magnificent. For an elevated experience, looks for spots in the Alps or the Pyrenees. Or find a Southern France vacation rental on the captivating coasts of Corsica, the shimmering shoreline of Cote d'Azur, or the quaint and beautiful Occitanie countryside. You have beaucoup de places to choose from, n'est-ce pas? Flip a coin if you can't decide, because you'll be happy with any or all of them!

Things to do

Get your fill of fortresses and castles in Southern France

The most visited area of Southern France is the Cote d'Azur a.k.a. the French Riviera, which is home to the chic cities of Cannes and Nice, plus the millionaire's hotspot of Monaco. Provence is also part of this region, where you can see Avignon's famous Palais de Papes (Palace of the Popes), and the stunning canyons of Verdon Gorge. Get yourself on island time when you visit Corsica's captivating coasts. Occitanie houses countless castles, including the medieval fortified town of Carcassonne. Aquitanie is where you'll find the famed wine-making city of Bordeaux and bustling Toulouse. Auvergne-Rhones-Alpes has, as you may surmise the high Alps.


Say ooh la la to the great outdoors of Southern France

With 2 major bodies of water and 2 iconic mountain ranges, spend some more time outdoors (said every parent ever). But really, it's true. In the Alps and the Pyrenees mountains, you can ski, climb, hike, bike, explore, and more. The glitzy Mediterranean coast has miles of beaches, glamorous nightclubs, acclaimed restaurants, and lively casinos. Inland, you can traverse the vineyards, lavender fields, and quaint villages nestled about the fertile landscape. Last but definitely not least, a Southern France vacation rental will place you close to some of the most stunning historical sites in the world. C'est incroyable!


Southern France's climate is all over the map

Depending on where your Southern France vacaction rental is, you'll either soak in the sun, play in the snow, brace yourself for the wind or open your umbrella. The areas along the Mediterranean Coast have mild winters, hot summers and little rain. If you're near the Pyrenees or Alps, dress for cooler temps and snow at higher elevations. Throughout the Rhone Valley, you'll occasionally get a visit from the Mistral, a fierce, strong wind that blows all the clouds out of Provence. And moving westward, towards the Atlantic Ocean, you'll get hot summers and mild winters with year-round rain.

Natural features

Snowy mountains, sandy coasts—what can't you see here?

The geography of Southern France is like the climate: lots of variety. Europe's highest point is Mont Blanc in the Alps, and the Pyrenees is a vast mountain range spanning the Spanish and French border. The protected area and National Park of the Camargue is a huge and ecologically important river delta, with lagoons, tidal marshes, and sandbars where nesting and migrating birds like to hang out. The coastlines vary from cliffs to wide, sandy beaches. And then you have the pastoral hills and valleys of wine country. C'est parfait.

Can I find a vacation rental around Southern France?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 134,115 vacation rentals near Southern France. From 43,026 Houses to 15,561 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Southern France for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Southern France?

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

  • Barcelona: 4,136 vacation rentals
  • Italy: 162,740 vacation rentals
  • Tuscany: 33,988 vacation rentals
  • Nice: 7,867 vacation rentals
  • Lake Como: 3,807 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Southern 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 Southern 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 Southern France:

  • Barcelona: 4,136 rentals
  • Nice: 7,867 rentals
  • Milan: 2,535 rentals
  • San Sebastián: 657 rentals
  • Cannes: 9,903 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 Southern 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 Southern France are:

  • Como (QCM-Como Seaplane Base): 2,806 vacation rentals
  • Barcelona Airport (BCN): 5,005 vacation rentals
  • Malpensa Airport (MXP): 920 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 Southern France?

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

  • Las Ramblas: 4,282 rentals
  • San Sebastian (YJH-San Sebastian-Donostia Train Station): 707 rentals
  • Val Thorens: 11,292 rentals
  • Barcelona (YJB-Barcelona-Sants Train Station): 4,408 rentals
  • Catalunya en Miniatura: 5,143 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Southern 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.

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