For those who enjoy the city life, staying in a luxury apartment in Cannes is not to be missed; however for families, staying on the coast might be a little too hectic. Living in the South of France can be difficult, especially in the spring and summer months, as scores of people visit the coast to witness the hype and glamour. A 10-20 minute drive from urban life and the sea, you will find some of the most charming villages on the French Riviera, and the tranquility to make the most of the stunning surroundings.
Some of the most beautiful homes for sale in France can be found in remote villages that offer a quiet life and tranquil settings filled with natural beauty. Situated only a 15-minute drive from Cannes, Valbonne has a great sense of community, as everything revolves around the main square, the Place des Arcades. Here you will find a handful of lovely restaurants and wine bars, ideal for summer evenings. Valbonne’s colourful scenery and charming stone buildings are complemented by a large park, as well as golf courses which join the town. So many English reside in Valbonne, you will be welcomed by ex-pats and locals alike.
This medieval village was home to Pablo Picasso, who stayed in Mougins for the last 12 years of his life. Walk the cobbled streets to visit his last residence and view some fantastic art pieces by Cezanne and other renowned painters at the local art museum. Like Valbonne, Mougins is also right next door to some of the best golf courses in the area and is close to international schools. Mougins offers some of the finest French Riviera real estate giving a wonderful life to it’s residents and homewoners.
Situated on top of the hills, Grasse is notoriously known for the birth of the world’s finest perfume distilleries. Walk the cobbled streets of the village and enjoy an apero in one of the corner bars, before visiting the Fragonard perfume museum. There are many activities to enjoy in the village. Go jasmine picking in the morning or fabricate your own personal perfume. Or perhaps find a home just outside of the village and have your own terraced gardens and lavender fields.
Home to the famous glassmakers, Biot is a beautiful village situated again on a hill, but above Antibes. The town is quiet, yet has a charming labyrinth like interior, with stunning restaurants serving local cuisine and large stone houses. Neighbouring Valbonne and Antibes, Biot is fantastic for the family, with many outings to be done, such as Marine land and the mini golf park. A breath of fresh air, this village in the South of France is a quaint and charming place to call home.
Vence is definitely one of the most charming areas on the Cote d’Azur, and home to one of the oldest medieval villages, St Paul de Vence. A favorite of Many famous artists including Dufy, Matisse and Chagall, stayed in the village due to its stunning sea views and incredible light. It is still home to many artists, painters and sculptors today, who portray their work in galleries situated in the heart of the village. It is definitely the place to reside for art lovers.
If you are looking for a home in any of these areas, Eurofrance has a fantastic selection of Provencal villas and South of France homes for sale. Visit the Eurofrance website for more information.
By Lauren Schmitt