With summer drawing to a close after a record-breaking heatwave in Europe, there are plenty of reasons to visit the French Riviera this autumn, in September and October. Average temperatures are descending to a more palatable 20 degrees, and Cannes and Monaco are in full swing preparing for the yachting season’s most important yacht shows. We have researched the most exquisite private villa rentals in the Cote d’Azur and Provence. Whether you want direct beach access or a luxury retreat in the hills of Provence, we have the perfect villa for you and your guests.
Here are three of the many reasons why we love The French Riviera in autumn. If you’re keen to learn more about the benefits of visiting the South of France in autumn, get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss your next trip with you.
PERFECT TEMPERATURES FOR WALKING AND SWIMMING
Mediterranean summers with steamy 40-degree temperatures are likely to become more frequent. If heat isn’t your thing, autumn is the perfect season for a luxury holiday on the French Riviera. In September, the average temperatures on land and sea hover in the mid to low 20s. The weather is still warm and sunny enough to sit on your terrace with a cold glass of rose or take a private yacht charter and swim in the turquoise water of the Mediterranean.
The cooler air and long days of sunshine make for pleasant walks with the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet. For adventurous mountain hikes with breathtaking views, explore the Mercantour National Park. The reserve is less than an hour from Nice, and we can arrange private hiking guides to take you on scenic walking trails off the beaten track.
RELAX IN PEACE OR PARTY IN STYLE
The Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Show are just around the corner. September is the grand finale of the Summer Yachting Season in the Mediterranean. VIP beach clubs and superyachts will host their last exclusive parties before preparations begin for the New Year’s Eve festivities. Some of our luxury private villa rentals are close to all the action in Cannes and Monaco, and our 24-7 luxury concierge service is on hand to make all the arrangements.
Domaine Vantini is one of our favourite private villas in Cannes. This exceptional 9-bedroom estate in the hills of Super Cannes has acres of space for entertaining. When you want peace and privacy, the bucolic landscape with ocean views, two swimming pools and a private spa provide all the tranquillity you need.
WINE AND DINE IN PROVENCE
There is an air of excitement in the hills of Provence in the autumn. September and October are grape harvest months, and the farmers are busy preparing for the perfect moment to harvest their beloved vines. Autumn is also a fantastic time of year for wild delicacies to accompany the perfect glass of rose straight from these hills. The private chef of your luxury villa rental will design exquisite menus using the game, mushrooms and berries that are abundant at this time of year.
We love Chateau Des Imberts, a stunning luxury chateau in Provence surrounded by vineyards and oak forests. The formal gardens are beautiful in the autumn, and the Chateau is just minutes from the Cote d’Azur giving you the best of both worlds.
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