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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.


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 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 219,027 holiday rentals near France. From 72,645 Houses to 17,386 Villas, 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: 7,224 holiday rentals
  • Arsenal: 1,864 holiday rentals
  • Les Belleville: 6,035 holiday rentals
  • Les Archives: 2,091 holiday rentals
  • Labécède-Lauragais: 178 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: 7,224 holiday homes
  • Les Belleville: 6,035 holiday homes
  • Labécède-Lauragais: 178 holiday homes
  • Marsanne: 344 holiday homes
  • Belvès: 1,118 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:

  • Lyon Part-Dieu Railway Airport (XYD): 1,062 holiday houses
  • La Teste De Buch Airport (XAC): 4,350 holiday houses
  • Orange (XOG-Orange-Caritat Air Base): 5,155 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:

  • Chateau de l'Emperi: 4,125 holiday rentals
  • Changis-sur-Marne Guerard Station: 664 holiday rentals
  • St-Étienne-Carnot (Station): 203 holiday rentals
  • Le Boucau (Station): 6,854 holiday rentals
  • La Cité Médiévale: 1,215 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

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