Destination guide

Picture-perfect pastimes in Bouches-du-Rhone

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in Bouches-du-Rhone, there's much beholding to fill your days and nights. Breathtaking scenery from the mountains to the sea—and everything in between—in this Southern France department has inspired artistic masterpieces by van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cezanne. Whether you want to admire the magnificent Roman ruins of Saint-Remy-de-Provence, revel in the sights and sounds of Marseille's exuberant food market, or go on a romantic stroll by the river on a starry, starry night, Bouches-du-Rhone vacation rentals have got you covered.

Things to do

Get your history and culture fix in Bouches-du-Rhone

Channel your inner Indiana Jones in Arles, home to a bevy of historical treasures like 1st-century Roman Theater of Arles and the 4th-century public baths known as the Thermae of Constantine. And check out the Musee Reattu, an art museum housing works by local painter Jacques Reattu. In the bustling port city of Marseille, old-world charm collides with contemporary culture. Some of the best Bouches-du-Rhone vacation rentals here are just a stone's throw away from the grandiose Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica, the medieval Abbey of Saint-Victor de Marseille, and the Grand Littoral, one of Europe's biggest retail parks.


Veni, vidi, vino in Bouches-du-Rhone

Vacations in Bouches-du-Rhone can be as relaxed or as busy as you want them to be. Start the day with an early morning hot air balloon ride over the quiet French countryside, take the kids to the amusement parks in Auriol and Les Pennes-Mirabeau, or join a cooking class in Aix-en-Provence and learn how to make authentic ratatouille provencale. Of course, it wouldn't be a true provencale meal without wine. The Festival of the Vine and the Wine —held annually in May throughout the region—is the perfect opportunity to learn about food and wine pairing.


Seasons of contrast in Bouches-du-Rhone

The Mediterranean climate that envelops the Bouches-du-Rhone is anything but static. It doesn't rain all that much, but when it does, it pours. This mainly happens in spring—from March to May—and in the autumn months from September through November. Rainfall is also more frequent in the higher areas, while the coast remains dry most of the time. And watch out for the infamous mistral: a cold, violent wind that whips through southern France at speeds of up to 115 mph between winter and spring. Summer temperatures dance in the mid-70s from June to August, and winter is sweater weather at 35–45°.

Natural features

Hiking boots or flipflops? Explore Bouches-du-Rhone's majestic landscape

This French department in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur has its fair share of gifts from Mother Nature, and Bouches-du-Rhone vacation rentals are the perfect bases for exploring them. You'll find majestic mountains like the Alpilles and Sainte Victoire strewn with scenic hiking trails, steep sea cliffs and remote calanques between Cassis and Marseilles, and marshes and swamps in the Camargue that are teeming with birds, horses, and cattle. And, of course, dozens of large, sandy beaches along the Cote Bleue, where you can laze in the sun or take a dip in the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Bouches-du-Rhone

The nearest airport is in Marseille (MRS-Marseille - Provence), located 8.8 mi (14.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Avignon (AVN-Caumont), which is 29.3 mi (47.1 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Istres St-Chamas Station, Istres Station and Istres Rassuen Station are the main stations in the area. It's easy to get around Bouches-du-Rhone by jumping on the metro at Bougainville Station, National Station or Désirée Clary Metro Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Bouches-du-Rhone (department), FR?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 13,118 vacation rentals around Bouches-du-Rhone (department). From 1,817 villa rentals to 371 bungalow rentals, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Bouches-du-Rhone (department) area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Bouches-du-Rhone (department)?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bouches-du-Rhone (department). From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Aix-en-Provence: 2,089 vacation rentals
  • St.-Remy-de-Provence: 2,840 vacation rentals
  • Cassis: 3,220 vacation rentals
  • La Ciotat: 3,137 vacation rentals
  • 1st Arrondissement: 556 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Bouches-du-Rhone (department)! 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 Bouches-du-Rhone (department)?

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 Bouches-du-Rhone (department):

  • Aix-en-Provence: 2,089 rentals
  • St.-Remy-de-Provence: 2,840 rentals
  • Cassis: 3,220 rentals
  • La Ciotat: 3,137 rentals
  • Mallemort: 1,828 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 Bouches-du-Rhone (department)?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Bouches-du-Rhone (department) are:

  • Marseille (MRS-Marseille - Provence): 3,774 vacation rentals
  • La Ciotat (XCT): 5,641 vacation rentals
  • Aubagne (JAH): 6,006 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 Bouches-du-Rhone (department)?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Bouches-du-Rhone (department). From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Arles (ZAF-Arles Train Station): 2,645 rentals
  • Camargue Regional Nature Park: 1,075 rentals
  • Les Allees Provencales: 4,107 rentals
  • Arles Amphitheatre: 2,593 rentals
  • Domaine de Manville: 4,197 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bouches-du-Rhone (department) 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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