The South of France has always been a popular location for property buyers. Full of history, stunning landscapes, delicious food and gorgeous beaches it’s easy to see why. The area offers a plethora of towns, cities and villages. To help you find the perfect location for you, we’ve listed five of our favorites …
The hillside village of Gordes has been named one of the most beautiful villages in France. Located in Luberon, the charming village spirals up the side of the Monts of Vaucluse and offers gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside. The village is popular with celebrities, but still maintains a sleepy feel. It is picture-perfect and full of character, with winding cobbled streets and terracotta buildings.
There’s plenty to do too, with concerts, festivals and exhibitions in the summer. As a popular tourist destination, a property in Gorges would likely have good rental potential.
Arles is the perfect place to buy property for art and history lovers. It is full of Roman history, with much of the ancient architecture still present today and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The large amphitheater, which was inspired by the Colosseum in Rome, held gladiator battles and chariot races for over 400 years but is now the venue for many cultural events in the city.
Arles is also famous for being the home of Vincent van Gogh and is where he created some of his most famous paintings. The historical city is just an hour’s drive to Marseille and is surrounded by numerous natural parks.
This wine-producing coastal village is situated on the banks of the French Riviera and is a popular day trip destination with Marseillais. The colorful village is sheltered between the Calanques National park and the Cap Canaille, and enjoys numerous pebbly coves with calm blue waters.
Residents and visitors alike spend their days admiring the traditional boats in the harbor whilst sipping on a coffee or the famous wine in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants. The village also hosts a market every Wednesday and Friday morning where you can buy all sorts of local treats.
Also known as ‘The pearl of Haute Provence’, Sisteron is a historical town situated at the base of spectacular Rocher de la Baume. A unique citadel, with architecture from the twelfth to the nineteenth century, towers over the town and is a large part of the town’s heritage. As you walk through the winding alleyways you’ll come across quaint squares decorated with fountains and greenery, and charming houses topped with red tiled roofs.
There are also a number of beaches located along the river banks, and plenty of activities to enjoy including hiking on botanical trails, festivals, museums and fishing. It is a popular tourist destination so a property here could produce good rental returns.
Aix en Provence
Aix-en-Provence is a popular and sophisticated city, with picturesque squares lined with trees and chic cafes. The art galleries, markets and quiet gardens make it an ideal place to escape a busy city. It was also the birthplace of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Properties tend to be classic townhouses and it is upmarket, so prices are higher than other areas. However, it would be a fantastic place to rent out a holiday home. Plus, you can easily get there via the Eurostar.
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