With holidaymakers preferring France abroad, hotel apartments and camping houses, it’s the rush for vacation rentals for this summer marked by the Covid-19 epidemic. “More research, more sales, we feel that this is the acclaimed hosting mode at the moment”, welcomes Aurélien Jemma, founder of the comparator Likibu. And the prices are sorely affected.
An increase of 5%
According to the study just conducted by the site, 70% of French seaside resorts have seen their prices increase by more than 5% compared to last year. To compare the prices, the Internet comparator, which brings together 5 million offers (Airbnb, Abritel, Homelidays, Interhome, Amivac …), noted all the prices between July 4 and 8 for a reservation of one week to the month August. He derived the median price of 140 seaside resorts, that is to say the rocking price from which we find as many more expensive rentals than less expensive.
In 40% of seaside resorts, the price increase is even greater than 10%. The strongest increases, all types of housing combined, are in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and along the beaches of the North Atlantic. We can cite an increase of 23% per week in Saint-Tropez (Var), 22% in Nice (Alpes-Maritimes), 20% in La Trinité-sur-Mer (Morbihan) or 18% in Saint-Lunaire (Ille -et-Vilaine).
Only 14% of French resorts see their prices drop by -1% to -5%. The strongest drops noted by Likibu are found in Porticcio in Corsica (-6%) and Soustons (-10%) in the Landes.
The cheapest on the Opal Coast
For the rental of an apartment, it is in Dunkirk (Nord) or Calais (Pas-de-Calais) that we find the cheapest week by the sea in France: 553 euros. Slightly further south, Berck (Pas-de-Calais) offers the week at 609 euros, and in Seine-Maritime, Le Tréport is 581 euros and Dieppe at 602 euros. If you like Brittany, choose Erquy, in Côtes-d’Armor (651 euros), Fouesnant, in Finistère, (644 euros) or Sarzeau, in Morbihan (616 euros). On the Occitan coast, you can hunt for good deals in the Aude, in Gruissan, with a week at 595 euros and Leucate (651 euros), or Le Barcarès, in the Pyrénées-Orientales, (644 euros).
If you are looking for a house, for affordable prices, you should also head to the coasts of the North Sea and the English Channel: Le Tréport offers large houses at 854 euros, Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de- Calais) at 1,022 euros and Fécamp (Seine-Maritime) at 1,029 euros. On the Occitan facade, you can aim at Leucate (917 euros), Le Barcarès (959 euros) and Gruissan (973 euros). You will also find attractive rentals in Fréhel – Sables-d’or-les-Pins, Erquy (Côtes-d’Armor) and La Tranche-sur-Mer (Vendée) at 1113 euros per week.
Records in Saint-Tropez
The old fishing village dear to Brigitte Bardot throws the counters into a panic. It is by far the most expensive of all the seaside resorts. If an apartment for 2 to 6 people is rented there for 1,813 euros per week in August, you have to pay 6,693 euros for a house of 6 to 10 people and… 12,656 euros if it has a swimming pool.
“But that’s the median price,” laughs Aurélien Jemma, the founder of Likibu. If we took the average rental price in Saint-Tropez, it would be even higher since some exceptional properties can be rented for up to 50,000 euros per week. “
The pool doubles the bill
Highly sought after in this exit from the coronavirus epidemic, the swimming pool is driving up prices. When the large villa is equipped with a pool, the median price increases by 81% per week in Saint-Tropez, by 76% in Antibes (5,348 euros) and by 73% in Cannes (7,231 euros), both in the Alps -Maritimes, on the Mediterranean coast.
On the Atlantic side, with a swimming pool, prices double in Arcachon, in the Gironde, (4,543 euros), increase by 70% in Biarritz (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) to 5,019 euros and by 68% in Hossegor, in the Landes (4,172 euros). “In the north of France, it’s complicated to find houses with swimming pools,” notes Aurélien Jemma. It is therefore in Occitanie that we can still rent them at a lower price: 1057 euros per week in Barcarès, 1211 euros in Leucate or 1218 euros in Saint-Cyprien (Pyrénées-Orientales).