Sunshine, a summer breeze and a glass of cold rose wine on a deckchair next to the strikingly blue water of your own swimming pool… If this sounds like your idea of a proper summer holiday, then this article is for you! The South of France is a fantastic destination for a summer vacation. There’s the French Riviera, Provence, the Mediterranean Sea, picturesque villages, delectable food, wine, and plenty of sunshine to go around! If you choose to stay in a vacation apartment or villa, you’ll be able to enjoy all these things and more like a true local. Of course there are countless fantastic accommodations to stay in the South of France. That’s why we chose to compile a list for you with apartments and villas in Provence and the French Riviera that offer a little something extra, namely a swimming pool! Discover how you can enjoy the perfect summer holiday in the South of France.
Four-bedroom vacation villa in Salernes, Provence
To start things off, this 4-bedroom villa in Salernes is a wonderful accommodation for a vacation with the entire family. The kids will go nuts for the gorgeous swimming pool, which has a salted water system so it’s just like the sea! The villa itself sleeps up to eight people, and is a typical Provencal ‘Bastide’, but with a surprisingly modern and stylish interior. The four bedrooms and upstairs playroom ensure there’s enough space for the whole family. The downstairs living room offers splendid views of the sunny terrace furnished with a swimming pool and of the garden, which is planted with olive and laurel trees. The fully-equipped kitchen makes it easy to cook your own meals with fresh, local ingredients. You can choose to eat dinner inside or outside al fresco on one of the two terraces.
The villa is located less than a kilometer (half a mile) away from the village of Salernes, where you can find shops for all your daily needs. Furthermore, there are many vineyards nearby where you can enjoy learning more about the winemaking process. The nearby town Lorgues has a fantastic farmers market where you can pick up fresh ingredients to take home with you. Check out Provence’s Food Culture and Southern French Cuisine for some culinary inspiration!
One-bedroom vacation apartment in La Gaude, the French Riviera
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, this 1-bedroom apartment in La Gaude might just be the thing for you. The cozy house sleeps up to four people, allowing you to entertain guests. The apartment has a wonderful secluded garden with a beautiful pool set into the cobblestoned terrace. From the pool and the garden you’ll have a marvelous view of the spectacular mountain landscapes of the area. The landscape around La Gaude is great for hiking, but there’s even more to see and do if you explore the area by car. The famous Monte Carlo in Monaco is just a 40-kilometer (24 mile) drive from the apartment, and the beautiful city of Nice right on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea is even closer at just 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the apartment. See 48 Hours in & around Nice for more things to see and do in the area.
Three-bedroom villa in Sete, the Montpellier region
This 3-bedroom villa in Sete is great if you want to be even closer to the Mediterranean Sea. Sete is a picturesque port town that lies in between the Mediterranean Sea on one side, and the lake Étang de Thau on the other side, so you’ll be surrounded by azure-blue water! To make this even better, the accommodation boasts a gorgeous swimming pool and a Jacuzzi! The villa itself sleeps up to six people and is tastefully decorated. The living room on the ground floor features hardwood floors, a lovely reading nook and sliding glass doors that open onto the terrace where tenants can relax with a view of the pool. Upstairs you’ll find three elegant bedrooms and another terrace where you can enjoy some proper tanning.
In the charming village of Sete you’ll find some lovely shops, restaurants and cafes within walking distance from the villa, and a beach nearby! Be sure to also visit some of the other seaside towns in the area, such as Frontignan or Palavas-les-Flots. The city of Montpellier is just a 40-kilometer (20 mile) drive away, and makes for a great daytrip. Check out our Video Tour of Montpellier to get a sense of what the area is like!
Four-bedroom villa in Avignon, Provence
If you’re looking for a nice big place to enjoy a vacation with friends or family, have a look at this 4-bedroom villa in Avignon. The villa sleeps up to eight people, and will make you feel right at home. The cozy living room has some comfy benches draped around the fireplace, and the open kitchen makes it a pleasure to cook dinner for your friends. The sunny terrace is draped around the large in-ground pool, from which you have a splendid view of the surrounding hilltops.
The villa is located just 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the city center of Avignon, so you can be in the city in no time. Avignon is famous for its Papal Palace and the Pont d’Avignon, but also has so much more to offer. The city center boasts some amazing shops, cafes and restaurants, and has a bustling nightlife. Avignon is also home to the well-known arts festival Avignon Festival, which takes place in July every year. To find more things to see and do in the area, check out Discover Avignon in 48 Hours.
Five-bedroom vacation villa in Eyragues, Provence
For people with big families and lots of friends, this 5-bedroom villa in Eyragues is perfect. The classic villa sleeps up to 10 people, but has such a big and beautiful garden that it will never feel crowded. The large L-shaped swimming pool also offers enough room for everyone to swim around and play. The villa itself features a cozy living room with views of the terrace and garden, and there’s a covered part of the terrace where you can enjoy a game of table tennis.
From the villa, it’s just a short walk to the picturesque center of the village Eyragues, where you’ll find shops, cafes and restaurants. The surrounding area provides plenty of entertainment: the beautiful village Saint Remy de Provence is just 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the villa, and here you can visit the monastery where Van Gogh painted his Starry Night, as well as the Roman site Glanum. Check out 48 Hours in Saint Remy de Provence for more things to see and do in the area. The city of Avignon is also just an 8-kilometer (5 mile) drive from the villa.
Five-bedroom furnished villa for rent in La Gaude, French Riviera
If you’ve truly fallen in love with the South of France and want to experience what it’s actually like to live here, have a look at this 5-bedroom villa for rent in La Gaude. This two-story villa sleeps up to 12 people, and can be rented for one month and upwards. The villa is surrounded by a beautiful garden with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and even the Mediterranean Sea! The heated pool is surrounded by a terrace with deck chairs, where you can enjoy the sun with a cool drink in hand. The living room is made up out of three different sections: two comfortable seating areas and one dining area with a table that can comfortably seat 12 people. However, you can also choose to enjoy your meals outside on the deck with a view of the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. There are many fantastic seaside cities such as Nice, Cannes or Monte Carlo within driving distance, which make for great daytrips.
Check out our Top 10 Villages to Visit in Provence for more amazing destinations in the South of France.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of apartments with a swimming pool! What’s your favorite destination for a summer holiday?
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