Bordeaux Pigeonnier, ©NOVASOL

France is synonymous with wonderful cuisine, magnificent wines and that certain joie de vivre; so no matter what time of year you decide to visit, there will certainly be no shortage of fantastic celebrations of all three! From traditional food festivals to wine tasting tours, there is always opportunity to discover the best of French cuisine. As an additional cherry on the cake; should you decide to spend your holiday in France with NOVASOL, then you will have a fantastic selection of more than 4,500 carefully selected holiday homes to choose from!

French produce

Seasonality and freshness are an immensely important part of the French cuisine and gastronomy. This means that produce and therefore the dishes which people eat and prepare at home will vary throughout the year with the changing of the seasons. For example, during spring, everything turns a little bit green; artichokes, asparagus and fava beans overflow on local market stalls and kitchens across France come alive with the sound of fresh spring vegetables gently sautéing in butter.

Eygalieres ©NOVASOL

Juicy, ripe melons are the flavour of summer in France. In particular, the town of Cavaillon in south-eastern France is renowned for its incredible melons – which only grow sweeter as summer draws to a close. Cavaillon is so proud of its namesake melons that it has even erected a 9 tonne statue!

Why not visit the lovely town of Cavaillon during your stay in one of our beautiful Provencal holiday homes, such as this one in Eygalieres; only 15 minutes away by car.

Regional Restaurant recommendations

One of the many joys of self-catering holidays is that you are able to venture out and try some of the local restaurants, bistros and cafes. Of course there are countless French eateries for you to try; ranging from Michelin–starred masterpieces to the humblest of hidden gems serving rustic and traditional fare. We have outlined just a few of our favourites below…

Breton gîte, ©NOVASOL


Stay in this gorgeous Breton gîte, located in the picturesque village of Pont Aven with large private grounds and pay a visit to the town of Quimper; whose streets feel as though they have not changed in centuries. Whilst in Quimper, head to ‘Creperie du Frugy’ for reasonably priced, traditional fare.


Alternatively, spend your holiday in this quirky NOVASOL holiday home in the beguiling region of Normandy.

Normandy, ©NOVASOL

Known for its wildly beautiful coastline and as the site of the D-Day Landings, Normandy offers history and spectacular scenery in equal measure. However, Normandy is also a paradise for foodies and is the region which gifted us with such culinary delights as Calvados, Camembert and Canard à la Rouennaise – as well as producing around 25% of all the oysters in France. Take a day trip to the region’s capital of Rouen and sample local specialities at cosy restaurants such as ‘Le Petit Auberge’.


Provence is the epitome of French rustic charm, which emanates from the dozens of traditional markets and hidden away family-run bistros. Experience the real Provence first-hand during your stay in one NOVASOL’s gorgeous Provencal holiday villas or cottages.

Provence St Remy. ©NOVASOL

From this delightful holiday home in St. Remy you are ideally located to explore the many treasures of this one-of-a-kind region. One such treasure is the elegant ‘L’Aile ou la Casse’ – literally meaning ‘the wing or the thigh’. Given the name, chicken is of course a speciality, although the restaurant serves plenty of other sumptuous dishes; including an impressive range of desserts, which are so intricately prepared it is almost shame to eat them… almost!

Vineyards and nearby holiday homes


It goes without saying that France produces some of the finest wines in the world. One of the most prestigious wine regions is of course Bordeaux, home to a seemingly endless string of highly acclaimed vineyards. It’s difficult to pin down just one favourite; however the beautiful Chateau de Pitray consistently produces spectacular wines.  Alternatively, you could stay in this lovely pigeonnier, located in the quiet village of Velines, within easy driving distance of all the Dordognes’ main tourist attractions including many châteaux and caves – and most importantly the wine growing regions of Bergerac and Bordeaux.

Bordeaux Pigeonnier, ©NOVASOL


NOVASOL is Europe’s largest provider of self-catering holiday homes, with close to 50 years of experience. We offer a fantastic range of more than 44,000 holiday apartments, cottages and villas in 29 European countries, including Spain, Italy and Croatia. Not only that, but with both rustic and luxury properties we offer accommodation to suit every budget. NOVASOL is part of the Wyndham Worldwide Group and ABTA bonded, so you can book with absolute confidence.

For more information visit the NOVASOL website.

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