We often think of France as having a similar climate to the UK, with fairly mild summers and cold winters. However, there are certain French hotspots where you can catch some rays, even in the winter months.

If you were to buy a property in one of these areas, you could visit in the winter and rent it out in the summer! We list our top 5 for your perfect winter escape.


On the French Rivera in the South of France, Nice is a great winter sun destination. With the Mediterranean Sea on your doorstep and mild temperatures all year round, this city truly has the full package. A historical old centre and beautiful baroque architecture creates plenty of options for sightseeing and trying the local cuisine is a must. It’s also a great base for day trips to other parts of the South of France, especially during the winter months when there’s less of the tourist hustle and bustle.

Property prices average at 4070€ / m² for apartments and old houses.


Toulon is halfway between Marseille and Saint-Tropez and has 2,830 hours of sunshine each year. Winters are mild here, which lends itself perfectly to enjoying the sandy coast, even with a light jacket. Steeped in naval history, there are plenty of museums and old buildings to explore, as well as the beautiful Mount Faron – take a cable car to the top for some stunning views. Pick up your essentials at the daily market on Cours Lafayette, selling fresh produce, flowers and pastries.

Property prices average at 2260€ / m² for apartments and old houses.


Full of tourists in the summer, winter in Camargue makes way for a whole host of different wildlife. It is home to western Europe’s largest river delta, which is made up of water, marshlands, and meadows, supporting life for many bird species, horses, and bulls. Spot wild flamingos at the Ornithological Park of Pont de Gau, visit the pink salt lakes in Aigues-Mortes or explore Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the quintessential seaside town of Camargue.

Property prices in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer average at 3440€ / m² for apartments and old houses.

La Rochelle

La Rochelle is a city located in western France, on the Atlantic coast, and is the capital of the Charente Maritime department. You can experience mild winters and warm summers here due to its oceanic climate. Take a wander along the old harbour, take a trip to the three nearby beaches or venture out to Île de Ré, an island connected to La Rochelle by a bridge.

Property prices average at 3850€ / m² for apartments and old houses.


Montpellier is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea. It has 2,668 hours of sunshine and 148 days of strong sunshine each year. There’s plenty to do in this buzzing city, from exploring the extensive old town, taking a day trip to the beach and wandering around the many museums and monuments. Situated in the world’s largest wine region, tasting a glass or two of vino is a must.

Property prices average at 2830€ / m² for apartments and old houses.

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