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
Three-bedroom villa in Sete, the Montpellier region
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
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
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
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?