Destination guide

France—a reputation for romance

With its snow-capped mountains and an infinite variety of beaches, intriguing museums and Medieval castles, who could help but adore the natural beauty and rich historical heritage of France? From the bohemian streets of Paris to the vibrant lavender fields of Provence, this country sparkles with the passion for cuisine, literature and, of course, romance that has made it a byword for cultural sophistication. For visitors who want to immerse themselves in the magic of France, vacation rentals are the ideal choice, allowing you to experience the country from a local's perspective.

Things to do

France's myriad wonders

No matter where your vacation rental in France lies, you can be sure of finding some fascinating sites nearby. Paris is brimming with iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and hallowed cultural institutions; curious minds will want to spend the whole day exploring the exhibition halls of the city's science and natural history museums. Further away from the capital, you can tour enchanting spots such as the wine châteaux of Bordeaux and the imposing basilicas of Toulouse and Marseilles, or be blown away by spectacular live shows at Puy do Fou, a unique historical theme park.


Endlessly entertaining France

For adrenaline junkies, there's an abundance of adventures to be had wherever you go in France—vacation rentals are available all over the country, in close proximity to extreme-sports facilities like the ski resorts of the Alps. You could stay in a charming chalet and taste the unbeatable thrill of hurtling down the expert-level slopes at Chamonix. Or, if you'd rather relax and take things easy, you could settle down in a chic apartment in a trendy French city like Paris or Lyon, right beside some of the most glamorous shopping districts in the world.


Forecasting France

Thanks to the 4 different climatic zones of France, vacation rentals can be booked for any time of the year without risking the wrong kind of weather. The Mediterranean south has high temperatures all year round and very little rain, so you could beat the crowds by trying a beach getaway in the fall. The cooler, wetter climate of the north means that a peak-season visit there is ideal, while France's Atlantic seaboard is mild and pleasant in the springtime. Eastern and central France have agreeably warm summers, great for lazy days swimming in their meandering rivers or sunbathing on the patio.

Natural features

The natural diversity of France

Massive mountain ranges dominate the southern French terrain, including the Alps, the Pyrenees, and the Massif Central. The snowscapes and panoramic views of these uplands give way to rolling hills covered by aromatic fields of lavender in Provence, before transitioning to the famous white-sandy beaches of the Riviera, where you can find some of the most luxurious vacation rentals in France. The northern half of the country is made up of vast plains of farmland, interspersed with thick deciduous forests which are home to red deer and wild boar.

How many vacation rentals are available around France?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 229,016 vacation rentals around France. From 17,969 villa rentals to 518 castle rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in France?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in France. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Nice: 7,344 vacation rentals
  • Paris: 7,174 vacation rentals
  • 6th Arrondissement: 1,274 vacation rentals
  • Porto-Vecchio: 3,243 vacation rentals
  • 1st Arrondissement: 2,666 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in France! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in France?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in France:

  • Nice: 7,344 rentals
  • Paris: 7,174 rentals
  • Porto-Vecchio: 3,243 rentals
  • Arcachon: 3,258 rentals
  • Agde: 3,578 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to France?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in France are:

  • Beaune (XBV): 501 vacation rentals
  • Paris (CDG-Roissy-Charles de Gaulle): 7,299 vacation rentals
  • Orange (XOG-Orange-Caritat Air Base): 5,143 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in France?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in France. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez: 2,396 rentals
  • Eze-Sur-Mer Port: 3,294 rentals
  • Arles (ZAF-Arles Train Station): 2,796 rentals
  • Beziers: 4,606 rentals
  • Eiffel Tower: 5,374 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around France listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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