Scenic Country and Coastal Self-catering Holidays in France

Written by on July 12, 2018 in Holidays & Things to do

France is a treasure chest of inspiring destinations. For this reason you have plenty of options when it comes to holidays in France. However, such an abundance of choices creates a dilemma. Which one should you choose?

If you are longing to escape to the countryside or coast, and if your preference is a self-catering getaway, then here are a few inspiring ideas for holidays and short breaks in France:

The tranquil island — Ile de Ré, Atlantic Coast

Filled with dune-backed beaches, harbour villages and pine forests, the Ile de Ré is an unspoilt, protected island off the west coast of France. As it has over sixty miles of cycle paths, it is perfect for exploring by bike. This means you can spend a day or more gliding past cornfields, salt marshes and rustic houses, perhaps pausing to picnic at the Phare des Baleines lighthouse, which offers sweeping views of the Atlantic. The main town is the petite St-Martin-de-Ré, which has fortifications dating back to the 17th century as well as a pretty marina. From golden coastland to sweet-scented forests to pavement cafés, Ile de Ré is a chic and understated getaway.

As far as holiday rentals in France go, Le Palais des Gouverneurs on Ile de Ré is truly lovely and even includes traditional green shutters. The apartments are situated in a private park in the heart of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, close to both the port and beach.

The scenic beach escape — Cap-Coz, Brittany

Perched atop ten miles of fine sandy beach, the seaside resort of Cap-Coz overlooks the Glénan archipelago in Southern Brittany. The beach lies in a sheltered spot at the end of La Forêt Bay, making it perfect for swimming and relaxing. Dotted with rock pools, there is fascinating marine life. You can also experience plenty of Breton beauty in the surrounding area, including protected nature spots, pathways and creeks. The lively fishing ports of Concarneau and Foret-Fouesnant are also within easy reach.

Residence Cap Azur (don’t be fooled by the name, we’re still firmly in Brittany), is a set of Breton-style residences located in Cap-Coz. Inside are comfortable apartments decorated in tranquil blues, with white balconies overlooking the garden and swimming pool.

The Medieval wine region village — Eguisheim, Alsace-Lorraine

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Holidays in France rarely seem more fairytale-like than those in Eguisheim. Voted the French people’s favourite village in 2013, it is one of the most beautiful villages along the Alsace wine route. Nestled in vine-planted hills, the village’s winding, concentric streets circle the 13th century castle of Château Saint-Léon. You can often spot flocks of storks on the roof of the castle’s chapel and there is even an annual festival held in their honour. Medieval half-timbered houses, colourful buildings and geranium-filled window boxes are just some of the many delights of this storybook-style village. With over 800 acres of surrounding vineyard, you will also have plenty of opportunity to sample the local wines.

Just a short walk from the village, Le Clos d’Eguisheim residence is decorated in typical Alsatian style. These self-catering holiday apartments include a heated indoor swimming pool and a paddling pool for children.

The picturesque fishing port — Le Guilvinec, Brittany

Le Guilvinec is a jewel of a fishing port in southwest Brittany. Situated in Finistère, this small town offers family-friendly beaches, an impressive food market, and nearby scenic walks across the Men Meur headland and the Moulin Mer valley. Every day Le Guilvinec’s beach comes alive as local fishermen arrive with their daily catch of crabs and langoustines. Other nearby attractions include the National Maritime Museum, the Océanopolis aquarium with its penguin colony and the rugged cliffs of Pointe du Raz.

Residence Cap Marine, Le Guilvinec is a set of bright, tastefully decorated holiday apartments on the seafront, ten minutes from the centre of Le Guilvinec. It includes a heating swimming pool.

The breathtaking ski resort — Lake Tueda, French Alps

Surrounded by a rare species of pine tree, the ski destination of Lake Tueda offers incredible scenery, including natural reserves and protected forests. It is also the gateway to Vanoise National Park, which is situated between the Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys. The lake is stunning when frozen and the area is ideal for both downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as sledging. Les Trois Vallées ski area is actually the largest in the world, with almost four hundred miles of slopes and trails.

At an altitude of 1,750m, Les Crêts self-catering residence in Meribel offers incredible views over lake and forest. The residence is set slightly apart from the village in woodland surroundings and the spacious apartments are suitable for families.

If you are looking for holiday rentals in France, then hopefully this has given you some inspiration for scenery-rich self-catering escapes. Whether you are dreaming of rolling vineyards, snow-capped mountains or golden beaches, France truly has it all.

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