Destination guide

Experience France in holiday homes to rent

France is one of the most popular destinations for travellers in the world. With its numerous historical sites, charming culture and signature cuisine, it’s no surprise that tens of millions of travellers visit the land of liberty, equality and fraternity every year. If you want to experience France for yourself, booking holiday homes to rent can give you a resident’s perspective into this age-old nation, its culture and all the attractions it has to offer.

History

Historical sites near France holiday accommodation

France’s history dates back thousands of years, so there’s no shortage of historical sites to visit no matter where you book your holiday accommodation. You can visit the Maison Carrée for a sample of Roman architecture that’s been remarkably well-preserved. It’s in southern France, where the bulk of Roman influence can be found and dates back over 2,000 years. Additional Roman architecture can be found at the Arena of Nîmes. It’s one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world, and it dates back to the 1st century. The modern site is open to the public and features an audio guide and museum. You may also want to visit the Palace of Versailles. This monument to French history is notably more recent as the palace and gardens date back to the 17th century. The floor area measures about 67,000 square metres, and inside you’ll find gilded halls formerly occupied by French monarchs until the revolution.

Things to do

Points of interest near France holiday homes

All holiday homes in France are close to something interesting, as the entire country is packed full of attractions. The most famous is likely the Eiffel Tower. Situated in Paris, this steel tower stands 320 metres tall as a permanent icon of the city’s skyline. You may also want to visit the Côte d'Azur, or French Riviera. This Mediterranean coastal region is packed full of summer holiday opportunities with constant sunshine, sandy beaches and world-famous art museums. If you’re near Normandy, you may want to visit Mont Saint-Michel. Situated on an island offshore, this massive 11th-century castle appears as if it’s jutting out from the sea. More adventurous travellers may want to visit the snowy peaks of Mont Blanc in the French Alps where you’ll find scenic views and skiing opportunities.

How to get around

Transport to France holiday rentals

Reaching holiday rentals in France is easy no matter where you book your stay. Flying in is simple, as Paris alone has three airports, and there are others across the country as well. Once you’re in France, the ideal method of transport depends on where you are. The cities aren’t designed to be traversable by car easily, and parking can be difficult, so it’s more common to take the train or the bus. In the country, however, having a car makes it remarkably easy to travel. Even so, there are bus services that can take you to some of the most remote villages in the country. Additionally, cycling is a popular way to travel in France. Most major cities have bike lanes, and some of the more rural areas have bike paths as well that offer impressive scenic views of vineyards and the French countryside.

Essential info

Key facts to know about France holiday homes

Before you embark on your trip to holiday homes in France, there are a few facts you should know first. While many people in France speak English, everyone outside of service staff is going to prefer that you attempt French, as they tend to be appreciative of the effort. France uses the euro, so you’ll have to exchange your currency if you need cash on hand. Having cash can be especially helpful when leaving tips, though it’s not considered an obligation in France, so don’t feel pressured to leave a tip. Some places like restaurants will automatically include the tip in your bill.

Where to stay near France?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 224,088 holiday rentals near France. From 17,651 Villas to 71,438 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near France for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in France?

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

  • Paris: 6,031 holiday rentals
  • Paris City Centre: 5,772 holiday rentals
  • St-Germain-des-Prés: 670 holiday rentals
  • Bordeaux: 1,239 holiday rentals
  • Le Marais: 1,469 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in France! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in France?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in France with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Paris: 6,031 holiday homes
  • Bordeaux: 1,239 holiday homes
  • Nice: 7,717 holiday homes
  • Aix-en-Provence: 2,399 holiday homes
  • Lyon: 913 holiday homes

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

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to France?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in France are:

  • Beaune (XBV): 490 holiday houses
  • Orange (XOG-Orange-Caritat Air Base): 5,266 holiday houses
  • Garons Airport (FNI): 2,965 holiday houses

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

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

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in France. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Eiffel Tower: 4,426 holiday rentals
  • Val Thorens: 7,181 holiday rentals
  • La Cité Médiévale: 1,270 holiday rentals
  • Paris (XPG-Gare du Nord Train Station): 6,322 holiday rentals
  • Méribel Village: 13,584 holiday 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 of holiday homes.

Explore destinations around France

Corsica
10,846 holiday rentals
Brittany
17,506 holiday rentals
Loire Valley
2,917 holiday rentals
PACA
53,505 holiday rentals
Normandy
8,614 holiday rentals
Île-de-France
6,961 holiday rentals
Occitanie
31,805 holiday rentals
Grand Est
5,415 holiday rentals
Pays de la Loire
7,869 holiday rentals
Hauts-de-France
3,577 holiday rentals
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
2,950 holiday rentals
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
31,957 holiday rentals
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
38,617 holiday rentals
Tuscany
33,778 holiday rentals
England
71,033 holiday rentals
Wales
10,929 holiday rentals
Sardinia
14,778 holiday rentals
Brussels-Capital Region
625 holiday rentals
Piedmont
4,502 holiday rentals
Lombardy
11,824 holiday rentals