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Craving some sun after the British summer wash out? Take advantage of our double holiday discount; with our post-school holiday savings and last-minute booking deals catching some late French or Spanish sun is even more affordable.

We have self-catering accommodation available in France and Spain for as little  as £43 per person per week for autumn sun destinations including the south of France, the Ardèche, Atlantic Coast, Picardy, Brittany and the Costa del Sol in Spain.

And if that’s not enough, paying for your booking in Euros will also save you money with the Euro currently at 1.27 versus the pound*  –  one of the best rates available during the last 18 months!

All of our apartments and Holiday Villages are self-catering and are equipped with cooking hobs, a dishwasher, fridge, microwave oven, coffee machine and full sets of crockery and cutlery. Many apartments also have air conditioning, a dining area and garden furniture on the balcony or terrace. Breakfast, bakery, grocery and delicatessen delivery services are also available for those looking for a part-catered break.

Below are outlined a selection of the top savings on late sun accommodation for holidays taken between September and November:

Cap Esterel swimming pool

Pierre et Vacances Holiday Village Cap Esterel, French Riviera – from £85.50 per person

A sea view studio sleeping up to four people from 15-22 September is discounted to £342 from £488.

Perched on a red rock hillside, Cap Esterel overlooks the magnificent Mediterranean Sea. Its self catering apartments are surrounded by a golf course and gardens, and just 30 minutes away from the white sandy beaches and cosmopolitan night life of Cannes. There are also three large swimming pools with wave machines, horse riding, spa treatments, tennis courts and bicycle hire to enjoy in the Holiday Village.

Fly to Nice Airport from 16 UK departure points, road transfer time approximately 45 minutes.


Moliet’s swimming pool

Pierre et Vacances Holiday Village Moliets, Atlantic Coast of France – from £55.25 per person

A studio sleeping up to four people from 15-22 September is discounted to £221 from £276.

This car-free holiday village is set within a picturesque pine forest and boasts four adult pools, bicycle hire, tennis, local sailing and surfing schools, and is within easy reach of sandy beaches, the buzzing seaside resort of Biarritz and the stunning Landes de Gascogne regional park.

Fly to Biarritz Airport from 3 UK departure points, road transfer time approximately 1 hour 10 minutes.


Torremolinos Stella Polaris’ swimming pool

Pierre & Vacances Residence Torremolinos Stella Polaris, Costa del Sol – from £58.50 per person

A studio apartment sleeping three people from 29 September 6 October is discounted to £234 from £320.

Located in the centre of Torremolinos on Spain’s sandy Costa del Sol, apartments in this recently renovated residence have direct access to the famous Bajondillo beach. As well as two swimming pools, guests can also enjoy authentic Spanish spots and sights in Torremolinos on their doorstep, such as the  ‘La Carihuela’ fisherman’s quarter.

Fly to Malaga International Airport from 20 UK departure points, road transfer time approximately 15 minutes.


Cerillos beach 450m from Roquestas de Mar

Pierre & Vacances Residence Roquetas de Mar, Andalucia – from £43.84 per person

A two bedroom apartment sleeping up to six people from 6-13 October is discounted to £263 from £376.

Located on the Gulf of Almeria, apartments in this newly built residence enjoy views of the sea or the lush greenery of the Playa Serena golf course. Guests can enjoy the residence’s large outdoor pool and solarium, the sandy Cerillos beach just 450m away and the Puntas Entinas-Dabinar nature reserve just 300m away.

Fly to Almeria Airport from 5 UK departure points, road transfer time approximately 40 minutes.

Bookings can be made at / 0870 0267 144

*Exchange rate correct on 22/8/2012.


If your kids have been inspired to get active this summer by watching team GB’s triumphs at the Olympics, you can road-test their enthusiasm for multiple sports at Pierre et Vacances Holiday Villages.

Holidays at Pierre et Vacances car-free resorts open up a world of activities, with many included in your booking price  –  meaning your little ones can sample all manner of sporting fun and find the event or activity they enjoy best, before committing to expensive lessons or equipment.

Tennis – Lessons for children aged 5 up as well as adults are offered on the Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village courts for budding tennis champions. And since sing pong or  ‘whiff whaff’ has come home, according to Mayor Boris Johnson, table tennis is also available for those who enjoy the more diminutive game.

Swimming – Not just pools but water parks galore available for children of all ages from water babies to competitive juniors perfecting their freestyle.

Horse riding –  If equestrian sports appeal to your children, riding is available at selected Pierre & Vacances Holiday Villages including Belle Dune, Normandy Garden and Pont Ro$yal en Provence.

Biking –  Cycling in the French countryside is the perfect way to enjoy the scenery. Your aspiring Bradley Wigginses can stage their very own Tour de France with cycle hire available at all of Pierre & Vacances’ Holiday Villages.

Sailing  – Another activity at which we Brits excel, sailing (plus kayaking and windsurfing) is available at Holiday Villages in coastal regions. If the children are not quite ready to take to the water, they can even try their hand at sand yachting on-site.

Volleyball  –  With beach volleyball teams set to get the nation’s pulses racing this summer, kids can hone their skills at any of the Pierre & Vacances Holiday Villages.  Other available team sports in resorts include football and basketball.

Trapeze & Circus Skills – Not everyone is interested in competitive sports; creative kids can also join in the active fun with flying trapeze lessons, juggling and other circus skills.

Pierre & Vacances’ 15 Holiday Villages are located throughout the most popular beauty spots in France, Spain and the French Antilles. For further information or to book, visit or call 0870 0267 144

There’s still time to snap up the last few apartments in Pierre & Vacances Holiday Villages for Summer 2012.  Deals can be found from just €86 (around £67) per person per week.


Holiday diary: a family break to Normandy Garden

June 29, 2012 1:41 pm
posted by Sarah

If you’re a diehard fan of our blog you might be keenly anticipating Nick’s annual write up about his family holiday to one of our Pierre & Vacances Holiday Villages in France. Well, it’s here!

Not a diehard fan of this blog? You will be! And then why not try a visit to Pierre & Vacances’ Normandy Garden holiday village in France yourself – and see why Nick and his family loved it!

We decided on Normandy Garden as we wanted a June half-term break to France, not far from Calais, but with lots to do inside as the weather forecast was rubbish. Normandy Garden sells itself as an all-weather holiday park. So Normandy Garden it was.

A ferry to France

Our littles ones, aged 5 and 3, still love the ferry, so we booked a return ferry crossing with DFDS Seaways who have just started running crossings with LD Lines ships on the Dover-Calais route. Though we were late (again!) DFDS very kindly found us a place on the next boat and the journey was excellent. The kids loved the soft play area and we had a bite to eat from the cafe which offers hearty French and English cuisine at a reasonable price.

From Calais the journey to Normandy Garden is relatively straightforward, and between 2.5 and 3 hours with only a few small toll charges to pay. We all got very excited about the breathtaking journey over the Pont de Normandie bridge.

Normandy Garden Holiday Village Review

When we arrived at Normandy Garden the staff were very welcome and checking in was very quick. Fortunately the mini-market is right next to reception so we were able to grab a few essentials before heading to our house. We had reserved one of their new two bedroom VIP houses. It was lovely.

Both modern and stylish with a bit of Normandy charm thrown in. We particularly loved the spacious modern shower room and the special touches like the DVD player and the Senseo coffee machine (no mess!). Plus there were lovely views of the villages from our terrace.

If the kids had their way we wouldn’t have left the village. Number one on the daily list was the heated swimming pool ‘aqua’ complex with large central pool, lazy river, a choice of hot tubs, a great paddling area for little ones, and two outdoor pools with sunbathing area.

Number two was the hugh indoor playarea – perfect for the Normandy weather. Also in the village is a football pitch, tennis courts, table tennis, outdoor play area, crazy golf and a petanque terrain. You can hire bikes and horse riding is nearby.

Our youngest wanted to try the children’s club so we booked them both in for a session with three other English girls and they had a lovely time. We didn’t eat in the restaurant this time but there is a fab takeaway service where you can order pizza, roast chicken or kids meals and take them back to the apartment.

A local tipple to try when the kids are tucked up in bed

Things to do with the kids in Normandy

When we did manage to get them out and about in Normandy we enjoyed Trouville and Deauville. We found the Trouville beach to have more for the children to do, including an aquarium which unfortunately was closed for lunch when we tried to get in. The nearest resort to Normandy Garden is Villiers Sur Mer which is a lovely little resort with a choice of restaurants and ice cream stalls.

We did peer in to the gorgeous Outre Mer Bar, Glacier and Salon de The but maybe one to visit when the kids are in the children’s club next time!

We also spoke to other families in the village with older children who had made the most of visits to Normandy Landing beaches, D-Day events and nearby Bayeaux. Which all seemed to go down very well with the kids and the adults!

Book Normandy Garden online or by calling 0870 0267 145.


Looking for a bargain summer holiday to France or Spain? Well look no further! Book during our May sale and enjoy discounts of up to £330 (€400) on our Holiday Villages, including bookings for the Jubilee half-term and peak summer holiday period. We’ll also also give you the added advantage of paying in Euros which is really beneficial at the moment as the Euro is at an 18 month low of 1.22 versus the pound*.

Summer fun at The Village Club Le Rouret in Ardèche

Our Holiday Villages in Picardy, Brittany, south of France, the Ardèche, Atlantic Coast and the Costa del Sol in Spain have had a huge re-vamp for this summer. New activities include regional discovery excursions such as making honey with a beekeeper and visiting a dairy to make cheese, as well as more free family activities in the village.

Many of the apartments have been refurbished and there is also an extended à la carte offering to enjoy. All of our Holiday Village apartments and houses are self-catering and have an excellent standard of facilities. Check out some of the top savings on Pierre & Vacances summer accommodation for bookings made before 30 May.

Breakfast in Les Agaves


Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Pont Royal, South of France

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Pont Royal

A two-bedroom house sleeping up to six people from 7-14 July is discounted by £330 to £1,314.

The pedestrian village of Pont Royal is located in the Provence region of France just a few kilometres from Avignon. There are plenty of activities for the whole family with a large pool, artificial beach, separate kid’s pools and a two-hectare lake for sailing. New for this year is that the kid’s clubs are included in the price of the holidays, as well as circus and magic skills lessons. There are also nine and 18 hole golf courses, tennis courts and nearby horse riding, mountain biking and facilities to hire meharis and segways.

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Cap Esterel, South of France

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Cap Esterel

A one-bedroom apartment sleeping up to five people from 28 July to 4 August is discounted by £330 to £1,453.

The 210-hectare village overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is perched on a red rock hillside. It is surrounded by a purpose-built golf course and gardens, and is just 30 minutes away from the white sandy beaches of Cannes. Onsite facilities include three large swimming pools with wave machines, two children’s pools, a small farm, tennis courts and bicycle hire. And there is even a miniature train to help you around the area. Read our family review of Cap Esterel here

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Normandy Garden, Northern France

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Normandy Garden

A two-bedroom house sleeping up to six people from 21-28 July is discounted by £245 to £1,003.

Normandy Garden lies just a few kilometres from the famous ‘Normandy Landing’ beaches and the Fleurie coastline. Our weatherproof holiday village has an indoor ‘Aquagarden’ with heated swimming pools, whirlpools, Jacuzzis, upstream swimming and waterslides. There are also two covered tennis courts, an indoor games area as well as bicycle hire, archery, sports competitions and dance classes.

Bookings can be made via our website or by calling 0870 0267 145.

* Correct as of 30/04/12


Spanish cycling breaks – train with a professional team

April 20, 2012 1:18 pm
posted by Rebecca

Fancy following in the tyre treads of  Tour de France riders this summer? We’ve teamed up with the professional 1t4i-Shimano cycling team at our Premium Altea Hills Residence on the beautiful Costa Blanca to offer a Pro Cycling Experience where you can explore the Sierra de Bernia and Spanish coastline with expert cyclists.

The 1t4i Shimano team, which is named after its five guidelines; team, inspiration, improvement, integrity and innovation, includes a number of big name cyclists such as Marcel Kittel, Johannes Frohlinger and Koen de Kort.

The team is based in the Costa Blanca all year and is currently training for the gruelling challenges of the Tour de France this June and July.

There are 30 spaces a week for guests to take part in as many training and technical sessions as they like and join some/all of the daily excursions which range between 70 and 110 kilometres. The scenery along the routes varies between dramatic coastlines and stunning [but calf-stretching] mountains and all the routes include challenging uphill sections, to help you hone your cycling skills.

Each guest will be fitted with their own professional bike for the week, with preferences and heights received beforehand so you can get straight in the saddle on arrival.

The 1t4i Shimano professionals will also be on-hand to answer your burning cycling questions – from the essentials of bike mechanics to advice on the best sports diets.

And after a hard days peddling, rest those tired legs at the Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence Altea Hills which enjoys stunning views over a picturesque bay.

The Premium residence also has three outdoor swimming pools, sauna, hamman and spa with a range of treatments including thalassotherapy and volcanic stone massages, so you can relax those weary muscles.

Accommodation is available in one bedroom apartments [which include a kitchen and living area] or double bedrooms.

Our Pro Cycling breaks start at 640 € per person based on two people sharing. This includes seven nights accommodation, breakfast, cycling equipment, guided cycling excursions and workshops and use of Altea Hills facilities.

We also offers packages including all meals from 790 € per person and group rates for four to eight people from 740 € per person. Bookings for the Spanish cycling break can be made on our website or by calling 0870 0267 145. The nearest airports are Alicante and Valencia, and you can check the best flight deals on Skyskanner.

And For those of you who fancy a more leisurely paced, check out our guide to five great family cycling routes in France!