What's Not to Like about the Cote d'Azur
Originally posted on & updated on 2nd February, 2024
More CHIC than Paris, cheaper than Milan and with over 3,000 hours of coastal sunshine every year – what’s not to like about the Côte d’Azur?
In the fact the entire South East of France, taking in Eze, Nice, Villefranche sur Mer, Antibes, Cap d’Ail, Mandelieu, Cannes, Valbonne, Le Lavandou, Ramatuelle and Mougins has become one of the most sought after destinations for anyone wishing to relocate.
Blue Côte d’Azur
Less than three hours from Paris by TGV train and under seven from London Waterloo, the are also boasts an excellent motorway network linking it to other French regions and beyond to Italy and Switzerland, and with budget airlines operating throughout the UK, is well served with airports at Nice, Marseille and Beziers. Whatever your property requirements, we’re confident we can meet them. Luxury, secluded villas, penthouses, modern style dwellings, farmhouses, traditional stone houses, investment properties, all within a variety of settings.
Near the Mediteranean Coast
Over 40 kms of sandy beaches litter the Côte d’Azur to the Camargue coastline, mountains, the Mercantour National Park to the Rhone river delta, from the Barre des Ecrins to the Marseille calanques, a rich and unrivalled historical heritage, trendy ports including St Tropez and Toulon, smaller coastal villages including Bandol, Cassis and La Ciotat dotted in-between offering a warm welcome to the many visitors who arrive by boat throughout the year.
Sporting opportunities abound too including as you may expect a host of water sports, fishing, riding, walking, cycling and 19 picturesque golf courses
An important trading post to this day, the Phocean city of Marseille was founded around 600BC before the Romans left behind their ‘La Provincia Romana’ legacy including arenas, amphitheatres, archaeological sites, triumphal arches, aqueducts and bridges.
Between Sea and Ski
Apart from a full and varied selection of flaura and fauna, the Alpine area includes the Ecrins National Park, the Queyras Regional Park and many small hamlets and villages where traditions survive to this day.
An hour’s drive from the beaches lie the Ski resorts of the Azzure Alps with the peak of the Southern Alps climbing 4,000 meters above Marseille while the real heart of Provence, including the spectacular river Verdon Canyons in the Var, lies in the rolling hills linking the Alps to the sea.
Art & Culture on the Riviera
Lose yourself in the fields and bright landscapes and learn to understand why and how they became the inspiration for the greats including Van Gogh, Petrarch, Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Renoir, Matisse, and Cocteau.
Take time out and observe the artists and craftsmen of Biot, Vallauris and Grasse at work maintaining the centuries old skills involved in the creation of precious ceramics, stained glass, wood carvings, glass blowing and perfume making.
Delicious Food & Classic Rosés
There’s plenty of food to tempt even the most discerning palettes including ratatouille, farcis nicois, soupe au pistou, artichauts barigoule, omelette de poutine, bouillabaisse. To enjoyed with local rosés and table wines such as the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas, Tavel and Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence.
Offering warm friendships, colourful festivities, a lively cultural life, a huge choice of accommodation to suit all budgets, in Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, there is a place in the sun for everyone. See all our Cote d’Azur Properties & Luxury Homes and our popular selection of new-built and off-plan properties in the area.