Look farther afield, though, and the bottom right corner of France has a lot more to offer than the glamorous playground of the rich and its famous beaches.
Here are five reasons to look at property in the south-east of France, Riviera not included:
Located in the Rhone-Alpes region of the French Alps, Savoie is one of France’s most popular ski destinations. Every year, it welcomes over millions of tourists looking to ski down the largest number of ski hills in the country, including Les Arcs, La Plagne and Val-d’Isere. The department’s coastal position also means that it enjoy summer tourism on its picturesque beaches; a versatile combination that makes it ideal for investors and holiday home hunters all year round.
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As the name might suggest, Cagnes-sur-Mer enjoys a location right on the sea. One of the suburbs of the city of Nice, its beautiful beaches attract visitors in the warm months, while its transport connections to the famous Riviera hotspot and nearby Cannes boost its investment and tourism potential.
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Just 19 miles north of Marseille, Aix-en-provence is a popular destination for overseas holidaymakers and second home buyers. The region is set inland from the coast, which has allowed the area to retain its charm despite the busy rush of summer visitors. Indeed, the picturesque landscape is only half an hour from some of France’s finest beaches, helping Aix-en-provence to join the ranks of destinations that make Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur the most sought-after property market in France.
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Located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, the southern department of Gard takes its name from the River Gardon, which runs through it. Water is a big part of the area’s appeal: it is home to Vergeze, the source of Perrier mineral water, and the Ceze, a French river that flows from the Cevennese mountains. Combined with the Roman architecture located in cities such as Nimes, its coastal location and pretty surroundings make it a refreshing place to stay.
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Another jewel in the crown of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Vaucluse is far from the coast but no less well know. The “Giant of Provence” (Mont Ventoux) is one of several mountain ranges that dot the landscape, overlooking such beautiful hotspots as the gorgeous Gordes and stunning medieval Avignon.
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