Welcome to the first article of our new series, ‘Apartments with a View!’ One of the best things about staying in a local’s apartment is that it’s often right in the city center or in an ideal neighborhood. This also means that apartment rentals sometimes include breathtaking views. To show you, we’ve selected some of our favorite apartments in Provence and the French Riviera that offer a gorgeous view of the Mediterranean Sea! These apartments not only have a dreamy view, but also often come with something extra. They’re a broad selection of small studios, apartments for the whole family, city apartments, and provincial estates, so you can be sure there’s one that’s exactly right for you!

One-bedroom vacation rental apartment in the beautiful French Riviera town of Cap d’Ail

Picture of the living room of a Cap d’Ail holiday apartment and its view of the Mediterranean Sea
This classic holiday apartment in Cap d’Ail offers a splendid view of the Mediterranean Sea!

This tasteful Cap d’Ail 1-bedroom apartment is located in a magnificent former palace mere steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches of the Cote d’Azur. The palace was built in 1897 to receive British and Russian nobility and is now a secure residence with several apartments. This 1-bedroom apartment is ideal for a couple, but can sleep up to three if necessary. The sunny living room features a semi-open kitchen and two big French windows that frame a splendid view of the Mediterranean Sea. The bedroom has another set of windows that open onto a small balcony.

The beach of Cap d’Ail is one of the prettiest in the area, and even won an award for the cleanliness of the water! The center of the village is about a 10-minute walk from the apartment and is full of restaurants, cafes, and shops. Monte Carlo in Monaco is just a short drive from the apartment and makes for a fantastic cosmopolitan day trip. Be sure to also check out our top 10 beaches in the South of France for more great beaches in the area.

Three-bedroom vacation rental apartment in the seaside commune of Cassis

Image of a Cassis apartment with a view of the Mediterranean Sea
You’ll have a marvelous view of Cassis and the Mediterranean Sea from this 3-bedroom apartment

This amazing 3-bedroom apartment in Cassis features breathtaking views from its private terrace! Thanks to its hilltop location, you’ll have a priceless view of the steep cliffs for which the area is known as well as a view of the town and the Mediterranean Sea. The apartment sleeps up to six people between its three bedrooms, and there’s a fully-equipped kitchen so you can prepare your own French food at home. Both the comfortable living room and the dining room feature sliding doors that open to the terrace. Should you venture out, the apartment is ideally located for sightseeing. Both the Casino de Cassis and the sailor’s landmark Cap Canaille are within walking distance.

One-bedroom vacation rental apartment in the city center of Marseilles 

Picture of Marseille’s Vieux-Port in Southern France
The picturesque Vieux-Port of Marseille in the South of France

This lovely 1-bedroom apartment in Marseilles is ideally located for a sweeping tour of a Mediterranean city! The apartment sleeps up to four people and is right in the middle of the picturesque Vieux-Port (Old Port) area of the city. You just have to turn a corner outside the apartment to find yourself on the Quai de Rive Neuve! From here, you’ll have a gorgeous view of the boats in the harbor and the Mediterranean Sea. The interior of the two-story apartment also has a nautical theme and you’ll enjoy a view of a quiet pedestrian alley from the bedroom. Conversely, the surrounding neighborhood is very lively and filled with seafood restaurants, cafes, and shops. Check out our article on how to spend 48 hours in and around Marseilles for more things to do in the city!

Provencal three-bedroom vacation rental villa in La Croix Valmer

Image of the ocean view from a villa in La Croix Valmer
This sunny La Croix Valmer villa is just minutes away from the beach and sea
This sunny 3-bedroom apartment in La Croix Valmer is located on the ground floor of a villa that’s just a five-minute walk from the beach! With three bedrooms and space for up to six people, the apartment is ready for a vacation with family or friends. It has a modern kitchen and a cozy living room that opens onto a covered terrace furnished with a dining table for six. The terrace also overlooks a wild garden filled with eucalyptus plants, pines, palm trees, and a fragrant Bougainvillea that covers the façade of the villa. As the beach is just minutes away, you’ll probably want to spend a lot of time sunbathing, but the village of La Croix Valmer is also quite worth a visit. Saint-Tropez is a nearby hotspot for a day trip.

If you love the picturesque small towns in the South of France, be sure to also check out our top 10 villages to visit in Provence!

Studio vacation rental apartment in cosmopolitan Cannes

Picture of a seaside studio apartment with balcony in Cannes
The balcony of this studio apartment in Cannes offers a magnificent view of the bay

The view from this modern studio apartment in Cannes is almost out of this world. The apartment is located in a classic 19th-century building with an elevator and even comes with a parking space. Perfect for a couple, the living room is fitted with a murphy bed, tasteful lounge area, and a semi-open kitchen. Two French windows lead to the star, a small balcony with an amazing view of the bay of Cannes and the Mediterranean Sea. There’s a table on the balcony that fits two, which makes it a picturesque spot to enjoy a coffee and croissant in the morning while overlooking the bay.

The apartment is located in the upscale Basse Californie area at the edge of the City of Cannes, so it’s ideally located for a city trip or day trips along the Mediterranean coast! Check out how to spend 48 hours in Cannes for things to see and do in the area.

Furnished studio apartment for rent in Cap d’Ail

Image of the Cap d’Ail beach: one of the prettiest in the South of France
Cap d’Ail in the French Riviera has one of the prettiest beaches in the country

If you’ve fallen in love with the French Riviera, this Cap d’Ail furnished studio rental apartment might be the rental for you. This apartment is unique from the others on this list in that it’s meant for long-term stay and can be rented for one month or longer. It’s the perfect place if you truly want to experience the Cap d’Ail like a local.

The studio is great for a single occupant or a couple, as there’s a double sofa bed in the living room, a classic bathroom, and a fully-equipped kitchen. The kitchen is a highlight since the studio features a wonderful terrace where you can enjoy home-cooked meals with a glass of local wine and marvel at the spectacular view of the bay. As we mentioned, Cap d’Ail has one of the prettiest beaches of the South of France, a beach that’s only about 200 meters (650 feet) from the apartment! The Plage Mala, an exclusive beach with gourmet restaurants, is also just minutes away. Lastly, the proximity to Monaco’s Monte Carlo means you’ll never want for things to do!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of apartments with a view of the Mediterranean Sea! If you could choose any apartment on this list for a holiday, which would you prefer?