Enjoy the varied climates of France on holiday

The long costal line in France towards the English canal and the Atlantic Ocean gives the western and central part of the country a typical coastal climate, characterised by the air currents from the Atlantic Ocean. If you rent in the eastern part of the country, you will notice the climate is more continental with great temperature variations and more rainfall, however less than along the coast. The southern coastline and Corsica has Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and humid and mild winters. Our seaside cottages in France are popular for this reason. The southern part of the Pyrenees is the area in France with most rain. The rainfall is even throughout the year, however the majority of rain falls in autumn.

Summer holidays in France

For those seeking warmer temperatures, rather than Christmas markets and powdery snow, a summer holiday in the South of France would be ideal. Rent beautiful villas in Corsica, Cannes or Nice for Mediterranean climate, balmy evenings al fresco dining, stunning coastline and lovely days spent beside the pool at your holiday lettings. France often brings to mind images of hazy Parisian weather, wet crossings to Calais or time spent in France’s mountainous areas skiing or snowboarding, but in the south expect summer temperatures of over 30 degrees, 300 days of sunshine a year, and t-shirt weather well into autumn.

Weather in France’s Northern Coastal regions

Seaside locations in northern France receive similar weather to Britain with cooler winters and warm summers without being too hot. Rent a gite in Brittany and encounter the beautiful and art-inspiring coast there year-round. Although often rainy and unpredictable, the weather to the north of France gives a real mystical quality to this part of the country and contributes to the fascinating history and stories of Arthurian legend. If your image of a beach holiday home isn’t quite complete without a tan, then perhaps book a French villa rental in the south unless it is during the climactic heat of the summer period. South of Brittany and Pays-de-la-Loire is more likely to enjoy a bit of sunshine.

Best beaches in France

Whether your idea of a beach holiday involves heat and sunshine, or long, blustery cliff walks along the coast, France has what you are looking for! Book anything from a villa with a swimming pool in the south to a coastal cottage or gite in Normandy or Brittany with NOVASOL and explore some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Soak up some sun and go celebrity spotting at Paloma Page on the French Riviera, enjoy special views and historical attractions along the Côte d'Opale or enjoy a mixture of culture and beaches IN colourful Menton, Marseille and Bordeaux. For both children and adults, there are plenty of things to do in France, but, whatever your preference in climate, be sure to spend the day at the beach!

Winter holidays in villas in France

Holiday regions for summer and winter holidays in France are often very close together. You could be on the beach one day and on the slopes the next, or even exploring the numerous valleys of the Parc National du Mercantour. Among the best known ski resorts are Isola 2000, Auron, Beuil, Valberg, Peira-Cava and Camp d'Argent. Although, you don’t have to ski to enjoy winter holiday villas in France. Watch as the cities become bedecked with Christmas lights and festive markets spring up as tourist numbers dwindle and queues for your favourite attractions shrink!

Hitting the slopes - Holiday lettings in France

Of course, snow sports count for a lot of winter tourism in France. France has numerous regions with large and especially developed ski areas, a lot of snow, high mountains and fantastic runs for both beginners and advanced skiers. Book holiday cottages in France for winter holidays directly on the slopes, as in Val Thorens in the largest ski area of ​​France in the Rhône-Alpes region of the Trois Vallées. Test out 68 slopes here with 140 kilometres in length! Val Thorens is at 2300 metres above sea level one of the highest ski resorts in Europe.

Winter sun and cottages with hot tubs

Whether your idea of the perfect winter holiday involves catching the last of the winter sun in the South of France, or cosying up at your gites in Brittany after a day of Christmas shopping and watching the high tide at Saint-Malo, be sure to book your winter holiday cottages in France with NOVASOL. For guests who prefer alpine sports, the areas around the Mont Blanc mountain range are just right. The Val d'Isère applies to a huge area of ​​attractive slopes as one of the leading ski resorts, whilst for winter walking holidays, hiking and cross-country skiing, the Jura is recommended.

Unique cottages in mountains or by the coast

A little further north in the Alps, are the ski resorts of Savoy and Haute-Savoie with Val d'Isère. The ski resorts of the Vosges are family friendly and rarely crowded with the largest contiguous forest area in ​​France. Equally, find yourself by the coast with gites in Normandy, discovering the history of the region cast in low winter sunlight and the enchanting tales of yore set in France being told by the fireside. There are traditional and modern events held throughout the winter season to entertain and amaze you wherever you rent - from festivals to concerts, religious celebrations and, of course, Christmas festivities.

Climate on a city break to the capital

Paris is a popular destination for day excursions, weekend breaks and stop offs coming to or from other destinations in France. It is well-connected by many modes of transport and, of course, is famous for fashion, architecture and history. Being close to the sea, winds tend to spread over this part of France, cooling it down. On average, temperatures in Paris are around 11 or 12 degrees, apart from in summer, when temperatures can reach about 20. This makes Paris a good choice for romantic winter breaks from gites in Normandy with Christmas markets and postcard scenery, but also for summer - when it is not too hot to walk around and enjoy all of the sights. Enjoy a day trip here or a weekend break whilst you rent holiday lettings in France.

Service – Why NOVASOL?

NOVASOL are there to help you along whatever the weather – before, during and after your stay at our French holiday homes. Our range of thousands of French holiday homes is bound to help you secure your ideal self-catering holiday in France – whether you are seeking a gite or chalet for the skit season, or a villa with a pool for the summer. We believe in order to give you the best experience of our holiday lettings, local offices and staff are also a must to ensure that everything goes smoothly. So book today, sit back and relax whilst we take care of the rest.