When it comes to French property, the South of France is where it's at. The stunning shores of the Provence Alpes Cotes d'Azur have drawn in tourists and house hunters from around the world for years.
The most famous of all, though, is the French Riviera. With hotspots such as Nice promising lively nightlife, beautiful beaches and, for the discerning investor, luxury homes, Southern France offers everything second home buyers need – even the odd mountain or two for those who like skiing.
But which places are the ones to check out? Here are five of the most popular property destinations in South France, ranked by enquiries on TheMoveChannel.com:
Dry summers and cool winters abound in Avignon. The Mediterranean town, located on the banks of the Rhone river, offers a welcome climate for a holiday home purchase, while the medieval architecture, complete with preserved ramparts, promises a unique landscape that draws in tourists all year round.
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Ever since the 19 th Century, Antibes has been a holiday destination of choice, with people such as Picasso enjoying the gorgeous coastline of the French Riviera. Over the years, Antibes' popularity has grown, although the beaches are mostly full of domestic tourists – a vote of French confidence in a hotspot that rivals Cannes and Nice but retains its traditional prestige.
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Located in the Aquitaine region, Gironde's reputation stems from the Cote d'Argent beach, a hotspot that brings surfers from around the world to the department's shores, and the winemaking are of Bordeaux. Whether you want a second home by the beach or a vineyard property investment, Gironde is the place to go.
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Located at the South East tip of the country, Alpes-Maritimes is that rarest of things: a place where you can go skiing in the morning and lounge on the beach in the afternoon. The varied landscape combined with the area's mild climate and towns such as Nice give the department a year-round tourist appeal that doesn't wane, making property investment here both attractive and highly rewarding.
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Right at the base of France, the Pyrenees-Orientales forms a border with Spain, a geographical position that gives real estate investors a unique choice between ski resorts and coastal apartments. Pyrenees-Orientales is also home to a strong wine-growing industry, diversifying the region's property market even further.
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