P&V:Top 5 sunniest places in France
Trip Start Sep 05, 2008
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Small wonder that The Met Office has come under fire for its British Summer weather predictions for this year. The hotly anticipated long 'barbeque summer' has comprised a few shorts bursts of heat and sunshine in late June and early July, and since then it's been a washout. Latest missives from The Met Office forecast a bleaker outlook with rainfall predicted to be near or above average in August.
It's time to leave the bad British weather behind and head off for a last-minute summer holiday in France.
To ensure you get the most rays for your hard-earned bucks, we've rounded up the top five sunniest places in France with the very best deals for our self-catering accommodation in each sun-splashed location...
Located between the Mediterranean and the Alps, the climate in Marseille is characterised by long, hot summers, mild winters and lots of sunshine. Marseille and its neighbouring town, Toulon, tops the table when it comes to hours of sunshine and the city has, on average, 2801 hours of sunshine per year. Holidaymakers can explore the many historical and maritime museums and art galleries, and feast in the finest restaurants and bars the Old Port of Marseille has to offer. If you wish to explore the surrounding region, taking a hike along the Grand Canyon du Verdon, or riding the famous white horses in the Camargue are among the great adventures that await you.
Where to stay: Pierre & Vacances Adagio Marseille Prado Plage.
Completely renovated and tastefully decorated, the new Pierre & Vacances Adagio Marseille Prado Plage is located in the heart of the new business quarter of Le Prado, 100 metres from the beach, and within easy reach of the Avenue du Prado and the Corniche. It lies in a quiet residential area close to a large number of restaurants and the Palais des Congrès. Note: In addition to being a great choice for families, this site can also accommodate people with reduced mobility (minor disabilities, elderly people) travelling with an able-bodied escort.
Hot offer: £588 for one week in a studio apartment for 2 people.
The island of Corsica is located to the southeast of Marseilles and is less than two hours away when flying from the UK. Ajaccio, the island’s capital, has on average, 2726 hours of sunshine per year, while Bastia boasts 340 days of sunshine per year - which means you're gauranteed to catch the sun rays whilst exploring the ‘scented isle’. Famous for its abundance of beautiful wild flowers, miles of sandy beaches and warm sparkling waters, Corsica is a compelling choice for a last-minute getaway from the rainy British Isles.
Where to stay: Pierre & Vacances Residence Aria Marina Propriano
Featuring 23 apartments harmoniously spread out around the swimming pool amidst relaxing greenery, Pierre Vacances Residence Aria Marina is situated just 1.5km away from Mancinu beach. Note: Car necessary.
Hot offer: £540 for one week in a studio apartment sleeping 2/3 people.
You don't have to be rich or famous to holiday in France's glorious Côte d'Azur. Even better, the city of Nice boasts the longest hours of sunshine in the French Riviera region, enjoying approximately 2668 hours of sunshine per year. Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais and make your way to Place Masséna, the main square and prime spot for people watching and cultural events. In the Old Town, Place Rosetti is home to the Cathédrale Saint Réparate while the Cours Saleya is where you'll find the famous daily flower market and numerous restaurants serving the finest French cuisine.
Where to stay: P&V Résidence Maeva Nice Les Palmiers.
Located in a private garden in the heart of the quiet residential district of Fabron, Résidence Maeva Nice Les Palmiers is just 500 m from the shops, and 800 m from the beach.
Hot offer: Prices start from £650 per week for an air-conditioned studio for 2 people.
The capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, Montpellier enjoys 2618 hours of sunshine per year. The focal point of the city is the Place de la Comédie and sightseeing highlights include the oldest botanical garden in France, and Saint Pierre Cathedral. The town also hosts the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, an annual summer festival of opera, classical music and jazz, making it a perfect choice for culture vultures.
Where to stay: Pierre & Vacances Résidence Loisirs Les Rivages de Rochelongue in Cap d'Agde.
Agde is one of France's oldest towns and has a lively, sports-orientated atmosphere while Cap d’Agde is one of Languedoc Roussillon's flagship resorts featuring cycle tracks, hiking trails and first class facilities for scuba diving. Résidence Loisirs Les Rivages de Rochelongue is located on the sea-front, 50 m from the resort’s most beautiful beach, and has a private swimming pool.
Hot offer: Prices start from £229 for a week in a studio for up to 4 people.
5. St Tropez
From Brigitte Bardot to the Beckhams, anyone who is anyone has frequented the chic resort of St. Tropez. The town enjoys a spectacular setting on the French Riviera and holds a high ranking in the sunshine charts. Its five kilometre shoreline offers a choice of great beaches offering windsurfing, sailing and canoeing equipment for rent, and motorized water sports, such as power boats, jet bikes and water skiing. Away from the sand and the yacht-filled marinas, St Tropez features some historic cobbled streets, endless cafes and gift shops, which are the perfect locations for star spotting.
Where to stay: Les Restanques du Golfe de Saint Tropez.
Overlooking the Mediterranean and the famous town of St Tropez, the Restanques du Golfe de St-Tropez holiday village is set in a 25-acre landscaped estate. Just 3km from a glorious white sandy beach, the village is not only an ideal base for the family thanks to its numerous on-site activities, but is also the perfect starting point from which to visit the French Riviera.
Hot offer: Prices start from £750 per week for a studio for 4/5 people.
Your Sunshine Guarantee with P&V
We’re so sure that the sun will greet you with open arms in France that we’ve introduced our “Sunshine Guarantee” insurance. This means, if you have four days or more of rain on any one of our holidays, you are entitled to make a claim. Full details of our insurance package can be found on PV-Holidays.com, the website for P&V.