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Seeking a lesser-known side of the French Riviera, apart from the  star-studded sidewalks and glitzy events of Saint Tropez? New York Habitat’s vacation apartments in the smaller towns near the Mediterranean give you a chance to enjoy the uncrowded, provincial feel of the country, while still being close enough to visit the glamorous towns that characterize the French Riviera- the best of two worlds.

One such town is La Môle, a peaceful and secluded enclave from which to explore the attractions of the South of France. The valley where La Môle lies is the Massif des Maures, a hilly area between Toulon and Saint Raphael, not far from the Mediterranean Sea. In the autumn and winter the tourists clear out, but there is plenty to do: shop at year-round markets where artists sell their wares or at antique and brocante markets in the surrounding towns. You’ll find several family wineries that sell their wine locally here. In this unspoiled setting, there are pine forests, villages, chateaus and plenty of trails for walking and hiking. But if you want to check out the more famous beach cities of the Riviera, Cannes events, Nice attractions, and the beautiful Italian border are only a short drive away.

Another village in the Massif des Maures valley and closer to the sea, is Cogolin, a port town known for its tradition of handicrafts. Carpet weaving and making bamboo furniture and pottery are the traditional crafts here. The town was the center of the French briar pipe-making industry; today craftspeople still give demonstrations of this art. The town’s markets are on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout most of the year. Cogolin has plenty of shops and restaurants, as well as sandy beaches a few kilometers away.

New York Habitat has gorgeous vacation rentals in these villages in the French Riviera that are perfect for you and your own entourage of friends, should you choose to bring them.


For example, New York Habitat’s six bedroom vacation villa in La Môle, French Riviera (PR-743), you can enjoy a peaceful quiet corner in the country, yet just a few kilometers from St. Tropez. This sprawling house is on a vast lot surrounded by an enclosed park. Up to 15 people can sleep here, making it an ideal place to hold a reunion of family or friends. The villa has two living rooms, a kitchen, dining room, a television room and six bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. Outside, you can relax on the huge terrace under the trees, where there is a table and chairs. A swimming pool and outdoor shower blend into the garden-like landscape. Also tucked away on the property is a separate small guesthouse apart from the main villa that can accommodate two people. The small guesthouse has two twin beds, a bathroom and its own small mini-kitchen.

Near the town of Sainte Maxime New York Habitat offers a one-bedroom vacation apartment in the French Riviera (PR-1018). This apartment, which accommodates four, is another superb location to enjoy a quieter corner of the Riviera. It is on the third floor of a large residence, and has a shared swimming pool for guests.

And for more French Riviera travel tips, check regularly our blog for new articles and updates.

Related apartment rental posts from New York Habitat:
  1. Top Towns in the South of France: #1 Cannes, French Riviera
  2. Top Towns to visit in the South of France: Nice, French Riviera: #4
  3. Hidden Gem: Three-Bedroom Villa in the French Riviera
  4. Saint Tropez, a cultural and festival spot on the French Riviera
  5. 48 Hours In and Around Saint-Tropez, French Riviera


7 Responses to “Villas in Smaller Towns along the French Riviera”

  1. Becca Says:

    With the cold coming to New York, few vacation days in the south of France is a very good idea ! I first thought about the major cities, such as Cannes or Nice, but the smaller towns seem much more charming and authentic.

  2. Elodie Says:

    I have lived in this area of France and I confirm that finding nice accommmodation in a smaller town is the best bet to give yourself the chance to enjoy the place, the atmosphere, the surroundings and the people…

  3. Jessica Says:

    Wow, staying in a villa in La Mole or close to St. Raphael would make me feel like I’m on a TV show! But if I split it with family and friends, I guess it won’t be as inaccessible as I thought!

  4. guesthouse pattaya Says:

    nice website

  5. Jason Says:

    I am looking to take a vaction with some friends to the beaches in South France in late summer. I have been told that this is a good time to go there, that the weather is warm and there is still a lot going on around the towns. I have been browsing the New York Habitat website for a while now, checking in to see the new listed apartments, and I really like what I see. I have not made a formal request, but I plan on doing so soon. Please keep posting new apartments to keep my options open. The website is great!

  6. Cape Town Villas Says:

    wow thanx for the valuable info. Keep up with the great posts

  7. Bali Villas Says:

    Wow, look at the color of that ocean! It is amazing.

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