The South of France has inspired numerous artists, one of the most famous ones probably is Van Gogh. The Dutch painter produced numerous masterpieces there and managed to capture its essence! But there is more to the South than Provence. The whole southern part of France is very picturesque with variety of scenery, culture and and people. Those who visited have for the most a very memorable trip. We will cover all regions such as Languedoc and Dordogne in the meantime let’s head for the legendary French riviera! We have selected 6 sweet spots to pick the perfect location for your dream villa in the south of France!
This seaside resort is less known than its neighboring cities, Sainte Maxime and Saint Raphaël. This makes it a hidden gem! It is also poised on the bay of Saint Tropez, just across it actually. This is why you can catch a boat to get to what is arguably the most famous spot on the French Riviera. Les Issambres is famous for its beautiful beach, La Garonette as well as secret creeks to the east. Locals call them “Calanques”. Last but not least, this beautiful seafront is connected to another town called Roquebrunes-sur-Argen, there is more to the sea there! A great spot to pick a villa on the bay of St-Tropez.
Here is our pick: Gorgeous villa with swimming pool
The Var department is such a hot spot for perfect villa locations, some are quite unknown too. In the direct vicinity of St Tropez lies the town of Gassin. It is one of lesser known destinations to own a home in the south of France. The sea is around the corner, you also keep the hustle and bustle from popular spots at a distance. A good compromise especially if price is an important criteria for your purchase. The village itself is poised on top of a rock, you can easily imagine the views of the Med’ from there.
Here is our pick: Beautiful home with swimming pool
We leave the Var now and head towards the East. Not far off Nice, one can find a little peninsula called Cap d’Antibes. It is home to yet another popular spot for tourism on the French Riviera: Juan les Pins. Those of you who appreciate live music and Jazz will have heard of its festival. It is one of the oldest Jazz festival in the world. But again, you can enjoy a quiet and peaceful life on the coast if you head south to Cap d’Antibes!
Here is our pick: Dream villa at the far end of the Cape
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Let’s go west and switch “département”, the administrative name for a region in France. This time we land in Bouches du Rhône, home of major city, Marseilles. Also a perfect location if you like natural parks and walks in the stunning landscapes! Saint Esteve Janson is just about 15 miles north of Aix-en-Provence but just south of the Lubéron parc. You are not far off the coast here yet scenery rimes with greenery.
Here is our pick: Charming villa near natural park
We talked about Van Gogh earlier, well, he also lived in this town for a while. We still are in the same area but we are heading westwards, away from Marseille and closer to Nîmes. Arles truly is a historic city with buildings going back to Roman times. It also is the main city north of la Camargue. This is a wetlands region with lagoons and marshes, also the biggest river delta in Western Europe. As a result, it has an incredible wild life including flamingos! Also a popular destination for horse riding and canoeing.
Here is our pick: Gorgeous property between sea and sky
Last but not least, our last pick is way way west! We ended up in Dordogne in a beautiful area called Purple Périgord. Why purple? Because this is home to vineyards, you are literally surrounded with vines and grapes. Montazeau is a little hamlet located half way through Libourne and Bergerac. It is therefore easy to reach, quite cheap too thanks to low cost airlines. The town was named after the owner of the old castle, it is famous for its wine as well as its cheese flavored with wine.
Here is our pick: Exclusive home with a swimming pool