Book villa holidays on the Cote d'Azur and you can look forward to relaxing on the beach, exploring chic resorts like Cannes and St Tropez, and sampling some fine cuisine.
Wherever you choose for a break in France you will be treated to superb food and drink, as the country has such a wide selection of fresh produce. You will find most towns and villages have a number of eateries serving traditional local dishes, while the bigger cities have a selection of world-class restaurants.
The Cote d'Azur has one of the most distinctive regional cuisines you will encounter while in France, as it combines the best of Provencal-style cooking with Mediterranean influences.
One treat you can look forward to while staying in luxury holiday villas on the French Riviera is some great seafood. Whether you are planning to cook at your accommodation or eat out, the choice of fish available is huge.
If you are staying in a coastal resort such as Nice, Port Grimaud, Antibes, Cannes or Juan les Pins, you will find it easy to pick up the best of the day's catch in the local shops and markets.
For a simple meal, try buying some sea bass, monkfish, red snapper or shrimps to barbecue and serve it with fresh bread, salad and rouille - a mayonnaise flavoured with chilli. You will also find there are all sorts of shellfish on sale, so you can treat yourself to crab, mussels or oysters.
Head into some of the local restaurants, particularly on the seafront, and you will discover there are a host of traditional fish dishes to try. Perhaps the best known of these is bouillabaisse, a rustic stew that contains saffron, tomatoes and a selection of fish - no visit to the Cote d'Azur is complete without trying it.
There are several variations on fish stew available, including bourride and stocaficada, together with a number of other fine seafood recipes to try. Quinquebine Camarguese, a combination of salt cod and leeks, monkfish a la Provencale and moules a la Toulonnaise are all worth sampling.
Meat is less prevalent than fish in the cuisine of the French Riviera, but it is possible to find good lamb and beef dishes. Gardiane d'Agneau lamb stew, daube a la Provencal beef stew and daube de Sanglier a la Provencale (wild boar ragout) are all treats for meat lovers.
With so much good agricultural land away from the coast in the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region, there is a wealth of fresh produce available for vegetarian cuisine. Local specialities include egg plant gratin, ratatouille, Caillettes Gavottes spinach dumplings, zucchini omelette, bean soup and stuffed tomatoes.
Local produce also features prominently in many desserts, with cherries, melons, figs, pears and apples all part of popular dishes. Calisson cookies flavoured with almonds and fruit, creamy tarte tropezienne and the rich cake of kings are all likely to be on the menus of restaurants and available from bakers.
Like most regions of France, Provence also has many vineyards and you are sure to want to try their produce as you enjoy a meal at a top restaurant or spend an evening relaxing around the pool at your luxury villa. Choose from a wide selection of reds, whites and roses, and don't forget to sample the famous anise-flavoured Pastis liqueur.