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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 & 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 & 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 www.pierreetvacances.co.uk / 0870 0267 144

*Exchange rate correct on 22/8/2012.

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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!

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October half term offers with Pierre & Vacances

October 5, 2011 1:04 pm
posted by Rebecca

This October we’re making family half term affordable for those after some last minute rays, with up to 20 per cent off self catering Pierre & Vacances accommodation in the south of France and Spain. Our family friendly accommodation along the Mediterranean coastline all have access to swimming pools and a range of activities, with prices starting from just £7 per person per night!

Pierre & Vacances Village Cap Esterel

This half term families can take advantage of the free kids clubs offered at Pierre & Vacances’ Resorts, the clubs are available for three to 18 year olds and provide a range of activities for all ages, such as sports tournaments and handicrafts. Our resorts also organise day excursions to local towns and markets, plus activities such as whale and dolphin watching boat trips in Spain.

Children at Pierre & Vacances’ Resorts kids club

Below are a number of discounted Pierre & Vacances family accommodation. All the examples are for week long stays from 22- 29 October. Enquiries and bookings can be made here or by ringing 0870 0267 145.

Pierre & Vacances Village Cap Esterel, South of France
A two bedroom sea view apartment sleeping up to seven people for a week’s holiday is reduced by 20 per cent to £695- that’s £14 per person per night.

The 210-hectare resort overlooks the Mediterranean and is perched on a red rock hillside. The resort is surrounded by a golf course and gardens and is just 30 minutes away from the white sandy beaches of Cannes. Facilities include three large swimming pools with wave machines, two children’s pools, a small farm, tennis courts and bicycle hire. Kid’s clubs are available.

And for a taste of what Cap Esterel has to offer, see a real family’s holiday diary here.

 

View of Ardèche

Pierre & Vacances’ Residence Bonavista de Bonmont, Catalonia
A two bedroom apartment sleeping up to seven people for a week’s holiday is reduced by 20 per cent to £346- that’s £7 per person per night.

Bonmont lies on Catalonia’s coastline and backs onto the prestigious Bonmont golf course and the famous vineyards of Priorat. Guests can enjoy the aquatic centre which has a heated swimming pool, relaxing jets, a hydro-massage mattress and Jacuzzi. There are special rates for all guests at the nearby golf course and those with adventure in mind can go quad biking or go carting. And for a cultural day drip, Barcelona is an hour and a half away.

Or for a holiday in the countryside …

Pierre & Vacances Village Le Rouret, Ardèche
A one bedroom apartment sleeping up to four people for a week’s holiday is reduced by 20 per cent to £364- that’s £13 per person per night.

Village Le Rouret is a 100-acre multi-activity resort, ideal for family holidays. Set in the Ardèche region with views over the valleys, the village has an aqua area with fountains, water rapids, a rubber ring river and a swimming pool, tennis courts, multi-sports courts, a mountain bike path, sauna and Jacuzzi. Offered nearby is canoeing, canyonning, paragliding, quad biking and go karting. Kid’s clubs are available.

Find out more about family activities to try in the Ardèche region here.

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The Three Musketeers: All for one, and one for all!

September 23, 2011 3:46 pm
posted by Rebecca

 

From Oliver Reed and Charlie Sheen, to Mickey Mouse and Dogtanian, our love affair with the Three Musketeers shows no signs of waning.  With the imminent release of the new movie version (starring Orlando Bloom and Matthew Macfadyen) we thought the time was ripe to zone in on some of the locations associated with the original fab four (not forgetting D’Artagnan!) from Alexandre Dumas’ novel.

So here’s our guide to enjoying some swashbuckling adventures around France.

Head to Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées for: The real McCoy

Inspired by a 17th century work Memoires de d’Artagnan by Gatien de Cortilz de Sandras, The Three Musketeers is believed to be based on various historical characters who really existed

The real Porthos, Aramis and Athos as well as D’Artagnan all hailed from the Béarn region of Gascony.  Criss-crossing the borders of Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées will transport you to the home-land of these French Guard elite.

Issac de Porteau, Dumas’ Porthos, was born in 1617 in Pau and his manor is still standing, in the village of Lanne.  The Chateau de Porothos – where he retired from service – was damaged in an earthquake but restored in 2005.

Henry d’Aramitz, the inspiration for Aramis, was an abbot in the valley of Barétous, whilst Athos was based on Armand de Sillègue, who was born in the village of Athos-Aspis.  His cousin, Arnaud-Jean du Peyrer, Comte de Treville, Captain of the King’s Musketeers, lived at le Chateau de Trois-Villes in Tardets.  A private residence, the castle is open year-round bar June.

Charles Ogier de Batz de Castelmore, Comte d’Artagnan – who Dumas’ character is believed to be based on – was born in Lupiac in Gers.  Today the village is home to the D’Artagnan Museum, where visitors can learn the legend behind the hero. And you can also pay a visit to the Chateau of Castelmore, where Batz was born.

Also worth a visit is nearby Auch, the ancient capital of Gascony, to snap the statue of D’Artagnan.

Statue of D’Artagnan

And in Condom you can see the recently commissioned sculpture of the three musketeers by Russian artist, Zurab Tsereteli.

Sculpture of the three musketeers by Zurab Tsereteli

The Château d’Arricau-Bordes in Madiran, known locally as the ”ancienne résidence de d’Artagnan, le fameux mousquetaire’’, may not hold many musketeer relics but is worth a visit for the vineyards – as one of the oldest wine estates in France.   It was the 18th-century home of the Comte Jean-Paul Montesquiou d’Artagnan, uncle of the illustrious musketeer and D’Artagnan is said to have stayed in the property on numerous occasions.

The Château d’Arricau-Bordes in Madiran

And if you want to explore the region famous for the real musketeers, the Pierre & Vacances’ Residence Le Hameau du Lac, Marciac, offers self catering accommodation for all the family. 

Head to Rhône-Alpes for: Following in the Footsteps of Celebrity

If, like us, you’re a little bit in love with the 1973 film version starring Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Michael York, then you’ll want to make a beeline for Perouges at the foot of the Alps.  Whilst much of the film was shot on location in Spain (quelle horreur!), Perouges’s charming cobbled streets and old stone buildings appeared as a backdrop for certain scenes.

For comfortable self catering accommodation, the Aparthotel Annecy Centre is ideal for those wanting to wander in the footsteps of film stars. 

Head to Paris for: A Piece of the Action

A Three Musketeers pilgrimage wouldn’t be complete without retracing their steps in the capital, where the main protagonists lived.

Val-de-Grâce church on rue St Jacques in the 5th was commissioned by Anne of Austria, wife to Louis XIII and the French Queen in The Three Musketeers.  Legend tells that she originally built just the cloister, but when she had a son after 23 childless years of marriage, she had the church built in celebration.  Louis XIV himself is said to have laid the cornerstone for the Val-de-Grâce in a ceremony that took place April 1, 1645, when he was seven years old.

The real Cardinal Richelieu lived at number 21 Place de Vosges, the oldest square in Paris, from 1615 to 1627.

Place de Vosges

The musketeers of the novel lived very close to each other:

  •  Athos in Rue Férou – between St. Sulpice and the Luxembourg garden, a narrow street lined with high-walled courtyards and 17th century buildings.  Athos lived here, “two steps away from the Luxembourg Garden”, and it is here that he was wounded in a duel at the beginning of the story
  • Aramis in Rue Servandoni
  • Porthos in Rue du Vieux Colombier

When D’Artagnan arrives in Paris he finds lodgings on the Rue des Fossoyeurs.  Monsieur de Treville’s residence, is on the Rue du Vieux Colombier, which we later learn is where Porthos lives and which runs along the north side of the present place Saint-Sulpice, joined on the south side by Rue Férou, where Athos lives.

Rue de Fossoyeurs, where D’Artagnan used to live, is present-day Rue Servandoni, running parallel to Rue Ferou, between the church and the park.

Rue de Fossoyeurs

The dueling site where they all showed up to fight D’Artagnan was at the Carmes-Deschaux, Rue des Carmes.

The Louvre was the setting for various scenes in the novel as was the Luxembourg Palace.

And as a last homage, visit the crypt of the Pantheon where a number of French heroes are buried and where Dumas himself keeps company with the likes of Marie Curie, Victor Hugo and Louis Braille, the inventor of the script for the blind.

Alexandre Duma

And for those wanting to retrace the steps of the Musketeers’ Parisian adventures, Pierre & Vacances has a wide range of self-catering accommodation in the heart of Paris.

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