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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

What Is The World’s Most Visited Country? La France, bien sur!

What Is The World’s Most Visited Country?  La France, bien sur!

France comes out on top at the most visited country in the world by international tourists – and according to the recent biggest ever survey of more than 100 UK Travel Journalists, France topped their list as well.

Which Is The Most Popular Region in France?

Of course Paris tops the poll here! With the classy Cote d’Azur (or French Riviera as it’s also known) a close second and Provence with all its charm and history coming in at Number 3.

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Monte Carlo - Cote d'Azur

What are the Top 5 Reasons for Visiting France? 

It has everything that you could ever want to see and do on your holidays: chic cosmopolitan cities full of culture as well as lights and glamour – such as Nice and Monaco. Lakes, rivers, beautiful beaches of different types; sandy, rocky, pebbly, you name it! France has more monuments than any other country including 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Abundant natural beauty, and incredible mountain scenery awaits you, not to mention France's world renowned wine & gastronomy.  Quintessential French Villages with their traditional markets are perfect for exploring and tasting everything rural France has on offer. Sports fans need not be disappointed with sporting events such as the annual Tour de France with a different route each year.

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How do you get to the South of France?

The wide choice of airports and ferry terminals, together with a comprehensive high-speed (TGV) train network allows easy access to all parts of the country.

When Is The Best Time To Visit France? 

Due to the varied climate – from sunshine along the Mediterranean coast to snow in the Alps – France is ideal for a holiday of short break all year round. Whether it be a beach holiday in the Cote d'Azur, a skiing break in the mountains, an activity holiday cycling along the Canal du Midi, or a cultural tour around the medieval Cité of Carcassone, France has so much to offer. Plus there are thousands of annual fêtes that take place in the towns and villages across the country such as the Feria de Béziers in August or the fête du Mimosa in February in Roquebrun in the Languedoc and Mandelieu-la-Napoule on the Cote d’Azur.

France is THE destination for 2014, and it has something for everyone, however you like to spend your holidays.

To book your next holiday in the South of France, Corsica or Morocco join us at www.southfrancevillas.com

Renting a French Holiday Villa
A glass of Picpoul de Pinet (a crisp fruity white) to accompany a platter of oysters!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

How Easy is it to get to Provence? Because it's Not Just About the Beaches in the South of France

How easy is it to get to Provence? 

Well, it is now super easy and fast!  The British holiday-makers' unrelenting passion for France, particularly Provence has attributed to the decision by Eurostar to extend the direct six-hour summer service from Ashford to Avignon by two weeks (28 June -13 September), with a permanent service from 2015. This region is becoming ever more easily accessible with flights available to Nimes, Avignon, Marseille and Montpellier.

Rent a Property near Uzes in Provence
Fenestrelle Tower and Uzès

What are the best things to see in Provence?  

Just west of Avignon, and only 13 kilometers from the UNESCO certified Pont du Gard, Uzès is a real gem. The Wednesday and Saturday markets on Place aux Herbes will awaken your senses with colour, and perfume. You will enjoy sitting at one of the outdoor cafés, sipping a glass of local rosé, watching the world go by and taking in the quintessential French experience. You will know you are in Provence! 

Holiday Villas in Uzes, Provence
Uzès Saturday Market, Place aux Herbes

What are some of the best Provencal towns to visit? 

Steeped in 1500 years of history, Uzès has a fascinating blend of medieval architecture and Roman ruins and Uzès won the title “City of Art and History” in 2008. You can buy a pass from Tourist Office for €10 giving you access to 4 museums and historical sites.

What are the gastronomic specialities in Provence?
Local gastronomic specialities include Truffles, Olives and of course, wine!

Where to rent a Holiday Home in Provence?

You can enjoy all of this when you rent one of our fabulous villas nearby. Here is a selection of our properties close to Uzès:

Perfect for 2 families or a large group, the beautiful stone-built Bastide de la Soie (ref GR014A), is 24 kilometers from Uzès and has 2 swimming pools, 6 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 people.

Rent a Large Villa in Provence

Or how about this large, 220m2, Provençal style villa, Villa Camelia (Ref: VU028A). Only 12 kilometers from Uzès. With 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, it can sleep up to 8 people. With a pool, ample garden and surrounding countryside providing plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the fragrant Provencal air and perfect for a poolside apéro!

Villa with Pool in Provence

Or, if you prefer a more modern style, take a look at Villa Chrysantha (Ref: VU029A), 30 kilometers from Uzès in the historic village of Rochefort-du-Gard. This contemporary villa has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a large garden complete with pool. There is a cool wrap-around terrace where you can relax and take in the magnificent view towards Pic St. Loup.

Want to rent a house for a large group in Provence? If you are part of a large group wishing to book together, this property can be booked with Villa Anise (Ref: VU026A), which also sleeps 8 people, the two properties are next door.

Modern Holiday Villa in Provence for rent
Villa Chrysantha (VU029A) A Stunning 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Contemporary Holiday Villa to Rent, Rochfort-du-Gard.
If you would like to know more about any of our properties, or would like to book, please don't hesitate to get in touch. You can email us on: info@southfrancevillas.com.
Our website where you can find photos and information on all our properties in the South of France, Corsica and Morocco is South France Villas.
See also our Provence Regional Guide for more useful information on this area.

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Monday, 24 February 2014

Sainte-Maxime, Cote d'Azur - Top 10 Beaches

Top 10 Beaches Cote d'Azur

Here’s our guide to top 10 sandy beaches in and around Sainte-Maxime 

Sainte-Maxime Headland, View across the Bay to St Tropez and Sainte-Maxime beaches

1.  Barco Beach on Plage de la Nartelle. Exclusive private beach with comfortable sun loungers, parasols, an “a la plancha” menu, cocktails and a first floor sun terrace. There is a Children’s Menu and a play area  plus lifeguards.
Le Diamant on Plage de la Croisette. A private beach on the pebbly southern end of the Sainte-Maxime.  Offering a magnificent view of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, this restaurant has a menu specialising in grilled fish.

3.  Saint-Barth on Plage de la Nartelle.  A multi-activity complex with a restaurant and bar. You can book a sun lounger directly on the beach or by the heated swimming pool. Water sports available; jet ski, parascending, scuba diving, motor boating, sailing, jet ski trips, water-ski, towed swimming rings, fly-fishing,...

4.  Plage des Elephants. A sandy beach with showers and toilets - one of the 2 areas where dogs are allowed (on a leash). Plage des Elephants was made famous by the author of the Babar the Elephant children’s stories, who holidayed here.

5.  Plage de la Nartelle. A superb family-friendly beach with lifeguards, showers, toilets and water sports available. This beach is also accessible by wheelchair.

6.   Mahi Plage private beach on Plage de la Nartelle. With a snack bar as well as a restaurant, this one is perfect for those more interested in sun bathing than eating! Ideal for families with children’s menus and a play area.

7.  Plage de la Garonnette. Fine sand and crystal clear water, this beautiful beach makes up the northern most part of the Sainte-Maxime coastline. There are showers,  toilets, wheelchair access and lifeguard surveillance.

8.  Plage les Elephants a private beach on Plage des Elephants. The Restaurant offers Asian cuisine in a simple ambiance with many sun loungers and parasols available directly on the beach.

9.  Plage de la Madrague.  Accessible by bus, this beach is dog-friendly (on a leash).  Several coves make it ideal for snorkelling.

10. Plage du Centre-Ville. Benefitting from all the amenities – parking, bus, wheelchair access, showers, toilets, tourist information, lifeguard surveillance and the town centre.  It faces south, opposite the marina and offers a stunning view of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez – easy to get a ferry across to St Tropez!

 For more information see the Sainte-Maxime Tourist Office Site

Rent Sea-View Luxury Apartment in Sainte Maxime
Apartment Baie Blue ref AM043A- Luxury Apartment for Rent with Stunning Sea Views

WHY NOT ENJOY ALL THAT SAINTE-MAXIME HAS TO OFFER STAY IN ONE OF South France Villas properties in this area, such as a fabulous apartment just minutes
 walk from the centre of Sainte-Maxime -
AM043A Apartment Baie Bleu

a luxury villa with 2 pools for 14 just 500mts from the beach VR011A Villa Maxime

Prestige Villa with Sea Views, Sainte Maxime
Wow-Factor luxury Contemporar Villa in Sainte Maxime ref VR011A - sea views and walking distance to beach 

or a contemporary villa with panoramic views AM035A Villa Ilana

Rent a luxury Villa in Sainte Maxime with sea-views
Stunning sea views from the terrace of this luxury villa rental in Sainte Maxime - Villa Illana ref AM035A

AM043A Apartment Baie Bleu, VR011A Villa Maxime, AM035A Villa Ilana