Holidays in Riviera & Provence

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Riviera & Provence Overview

Visiting The Riviera & Provence

This is where tradition and hedonism live side by side in perfect harmony.  You can spend a day in the sleepy medieval villages and deserted pine fringed beaches of unspoilt rural France or get your glad rags and join the beautiful people in the chic coastal towns of Cannes and Nice.  You really can enjoy the best of both worlds - all in the same day!

Feel The Riviera & Provence

Breathe in the scent of pine, lemon groves and salt spray.  Dive in warm Mediterranean waters or icy glacial lakes.  Take a trek through the wild Camargue or a stroll along the Promenade de la Croisette. Admire the impressive architecture of Avignon or the magnificent Gorges du Verdon.

Explore The Riviera & Provence

Take a drive through the medieval Villages Perchés dotted on the hillsides and enjoy the quiet life and the spectacular views. Hop over to Monaco, the World’s second smallest country.  Enjoy the great outdoors on at horseback trek through wild Camarague or white water rafting through the Gorges du Verdon.  Spend the day in the cosmopolitan city of Marseilles or chic resorts of Nice and Cannes.  Whatever your mood - there’s a place to suit in Riviera and Provence.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

When you come to Provence and the French Riviera, you really do get the best of both worlds: idyllic countryside as well as glamorous seaside resorts. So wherever you camp here, you will find plenty of reasons to get out and explore:

Cannes
Famous for its annual Film Festival and bevy of ‘beautiful people,’ Cannes is also a stunningly pretty and historic resort. From the famous beachside Boulevard de la Croisette to the lovely Old Port and the Musée de la Mer, it’s simply unmissable.

Fréjus
The original port of Forum Julii was founded here by Julius Caesar himself in 49BC. So today, while Fréjus is a charming seaside resort in its own right, it is the impressive Roman remains including a vast ampitheatre that make the town so special.

Arles
This ancient town’s position on the Rhone makes it a natural gateway to the Camargue. It also offers a host of Roman remains, including a superb ampitheatre, and the Espace Van Gogh, which looks at the great man’s life, is also well worth a visit.

St Tropez
This lovely old port is now home to more luxury yachts than fishing boats, yet it still retains much of its old world charm. A great place to simply watch people from the many cafés, though the 16th century citadel above the town is equally diverting.

Gorges du Verdon
Arguably the most dramatic natural features in France, these huge canyons were created by erosion from the River Verdon, which enables you to combine sightseeing with a host of watersports including kayaking and white water rafting.

The Camargue
This unique area is home to a wealth of flora and fauna, where you will see herons, egrets and flamingos, not to mention bulls and wild horses. In fact, while this area is fine for walkers, a trip on horseback is the definitive way to view the Camargue.

Marseille
The second city of France, Marseille has a rich seafaring past and a beautiful old town, which contrasts beautifully with Le Corbusier’s more modern architecture. As the gateway to the colonies for centuries, it also has an exotic, cosmopolitan ambience.

Aix en Provence
Still known as the Florence of Provence, Aix offers beautiful facades and handsome squares at every turn. It has also been home to many artists, and the Cezanne walk, marked with a series of Cs is a popular way to discover the city’s secrets.

Great for younger kids

Fun City
Situated in both Fréjus and Cannes, Fun City offers safe, indoor fun for children from 3-12 years of age. With its soft playbarn areas, ball pools and tropical theme, it’s a great idea when little ones want a break from the sun.

Marineland
Not only is Marineland near Antibes one of the largest oceanariums in the world, with everything from killer whales to dolphins on display; it also offers a spectacular mini golf course that the whole family will love.

Great for older kids

Aquasplash
Right next to Marineland you wil find Aquasplash, the largest water park in the region, which offers more than 2,000m of waterslides, together with a host of swimming and paddling pools that are suitable for the whole family.

La Ferme du Far West
Also next to Marineland you will find La Ferme du Far West, a wild west theme park offering rides for all ages, including the interactive School for Sheriffs game, which is suitable for children and adults alike.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Walking & Hiking
Provence really is a walker’s paradise, with literally thousands of kilometres of GR routes ranging from short strolls to serious hikes. You will find maps available at tourist offices across the region.

Horse riding
While there are many places where you can enjoy trekking on horseback here, the pick of the bunch are to be found in the Camargue; with some of the most accessible equestrian centres situated in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer.

Golf
Thereare more than 20 beautiful courses across the region, with many of them to be found a short drive from our Riviera parcs, including three courses close to Saint Raphael, and the popular Golf de Barbaroux at Brignoles.

Watersports
With the clear Mediterranean waters of the Cote d’Azure close by, you will find all sorts of watersports available here, from sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing to sea kayaking, and even deep sea diving courses.

Unmissable events in the French Riviera and Provence

Soirées Estivales
Taking place from June to September, these ‘Summer Evenings’ comprise of more than 450 free performances of everything from classical music to jazz, which you’ll find right across the French Riviera.

Liszt Festival
This annual festival in Uchaux celebrates the life and music of Franz Liszt through a series of concerts held in the candle-lit grounds of the lovely Château Saint Esteve. A must for every lover of classical music.

The Prize-Winning Choir Festival, Vaison
Vaison la Romaine in Provence is now known as the European Choir City, largely for hosting this annual festival that features only prize-wining choirs, for a week or so every July.

Nice Jazz Festival
Taking place every July since 1948, this most venerable of Jazz Festivals has a new home in the centre of Nice and continues to attract some of the biggest names in soul and jazz, from Wynton Marsalis to Morcheeba.

Places to visit - Eating out

There are really two great cuisines to enjoy here, from the rustic simplicity of Provencal cuisine to the sophistication of the restaurants you will find along the coast:

  • Bouillabaisse – This seafood stew is made in a variety of ways across France, but it is considered to be most authentic in Marseille.
  • Soupe au Pistou – a little like Minestrone, this popular Provencal soup is made with vegetables, pasta and beans, flavoured with a pesto sauce.
  • Daube Avignonnaise – a rich stew made with lamb, bacon, carrots and plenty of garlic, you will find it on menus across the region.
  • Rosé Wine – 75% of Provencal grapes become Rosé wines, and they make the perfect accompaniment to almost every meal here, served very, very cold.

Campsites in region

Domaine du Verdon, Castellane, Riviera & Provence
Domaine du Verdon | Castellane

Looking for a beautiful, natural backdrop to add to that authentic European experience? Why not give Domaine du Verdon, an excellent Castels parc, a try?

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Canadel Pachacaid pool view
Le Pachacaïd | Canadel

Ready to dip your toes into the French Riviera for the first time? Or maybe it’s the first time for your little ones?

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St Aygulf L'Etoile d'Argens pool
L'Etoile d'Argens | St Aygulf

Imagine travelling down the tranquil River Argens near to the heart of the French Riviera, towards a rural parc set next door to a vineyard.

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Frejus La Baume pool
La Baume | Fréjus

If you’re looking for a lively parc on the French Riviera, complete with wish-list facilities, chances are, La Baume is for you.

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Domaine du Colombier new pool complex
Club Colombier | Fréjus

Club Colombier is set amidst stunning, beautifully kept grounds with a great variety of activities on offer, including its centrepiece pool complex.

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St Raphael Esterel pool
Esterel | St Raphaël

So, how long have you wanted to explore the real France, while giving the kids a great holiday and you the chance to recharge your batteries? Now you don’t have to wait any longer...

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Douce Quietude pool and restaurant terrace
Douce Quiétude | St Raphaël

Ideal for toddler families in low season and families of all ages in high season, Douce Quiétude is a great parc situated amidst lush woodland, within easy reach of bustling St Raphaël.

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Port Grimaud Holiday Marina pools
Holiday Marina Resort | Port Grimaud

Picture sheltering palms, a marina location and great facilities, and you’ll soon realise why Holiday Marina is one of our best-loved Riviera sites.

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Le Muy Domaine de la Noguiere pools
Domaine de la Noguiere | Le Muy

Picture deep-red rocks rising out of plush pine forests and you’ll find yourself at Domaine de la Noguière.

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Frejus Holiday Green pool
Holiday Green | Fréjus

Prepare to be wowed by Holiday Green’s centrepiece: a huge Californian pool complex, which includes a children’s pool with water games, a covered heated pool, toboggans, solarium and Jacuzzi.

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Apartments in region

Pont Royal Pool
Pont Royal | Mallemort

You're in the heart of Provence, you have a world-renowned 18 hole golf course at your disposal, and you're in a traffic-free village with a huge wave pool complex. How does this backdrop sound for your next holiday?

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Les Restanques Pool
Les Restanques | Grimaud

If St Tropez is your local town, you have to try a little harder to compete. Welcome to Les Restanques!

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Cap Esterel Pool
Cap Esterel | St Raphaël

Before you leave Cap Esterel make a promise to get up high, where the mimosa trees and eucalyptus bushes give way to offer views of the headland below - a vibrant patchwork of bright blue pools, lush green parkland and red-roofed holiday homes.

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Cannes Villa Francia Pool
Cannes Villa Francia | Cannes

Ready to discover a small seaside town with a big heart? Yes, Cannes attracts the rich and famous - but it retains a small town charm too, especially in the tiny little streets such as Rue de Belge, lined with great value bistros.

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Mandelieu Apartments
Mandelieu | Mandelieu

A morning stroll along the harbourfront at Mandelieu tells you all you need to know about this attractive corner of the south of France.

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Ville Franche Pool
Villefranche | Villefranche

What does two thousand years of history look like? Villefranche comes close. An authentic town of tradition, hospitality and history to spare, Villefranche is a beautiful, pastel-painted commune at the head of the French Riviera.

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Six Fours Les Plages Pool
Six Four les Plages | Six Four les Plages

Between the forest and the sea lies Six-Fours-Les-Plages – the name may sound odd, but it belongs to one of the most enticing spots on the French Riviera.

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Les Issambres Club Pool
Les Issambres Club | Les Issambres

A free shuttle to your very own private beach? Why not! Les Issambres goes that little bit further to ensure you enjoy an indulgent slice of south of France living while you’re here.

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Cannes Villa Francia Croix des Gardes Pool
Cannes Villa Francia Croix des Gardes | Cannes

Overlooking the thrills of the city, Cannes Villa Francia is situated on a quiet, residential hillside. Its ideal location means that Cannes Villa Francia is perfect for Pimms by the pool, a good book and some Factor 15.

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Cannes Beach Apartments
Cannes Beach | Cannes

This wonderful Apartment Resort residence is located in the Cannes-La-Bocca. The town is an internationally renowned resort and jewel of the Cote d’Azur.

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Location reviews

Riviera & Provence reviews collected by Reevoo

Overall rating
8.9
Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 533 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
7 out of 10

Drieka

The Riviera is a very busy area. The Gorge de Verdon is a must see as well as the caves>
Confirmed stay: 19 October 2013
10 out of 10

Danielle

Oxfordshire
Port Grimaud is beautiful and really must be seen to be believed! Saint Tropez is definitely worth a visit as is St Maxime. Further up the coast Antibes is a lovely town with lots to see and do. There is a big marine life park there but I would warn that this is very very expensive (€38 each plus €7 for parking) so it might be worth checking any deals for this before you go. We also drove to Monaco which was only an hour and a half away and definitely worth the drive for a racing fan!
Confirmed stay: 19 October 2013
9 out of 10

John

Derby
very exciting area with lots of places to visit
Confirmed stay: 17 October 2013
10 out of 10

Caroline

Alfriston
Lovely area but we had fantastic weather despite it being October. WE also had the place to ourselves. Beaches were vary uncrowded and not many traffic jams. I gather it is a different story in the peak season and I would not have enjoyed it then
Confirmed stay: 14 October 2013
8 out of 10

Jacqueline

Port Grimaud and Grimaud were very pretty, quiet and tranquil, some beautiful architecture, nice bars and restaurants. St Tropez was quite manic and overwhelming and hadn't quite expected that. We visited Grasse which was nice but a bit intimidating in some areas. Beautiful wines and incredibly cheap for the quality.
Confirmed stay: 12 October 2013
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