Vence is famous for the historical vestiges (medieval quarters behind the ramparts) and the magical panorama you have from the village. Enjoy strolling through the streets and admiring the Vence properties.
In August 1943, Henri Matisse said: “This morning while walking near my house, seeing all these girls, women and men riding their bikes to the market, I thought I was in Tahiti”. With Matisse, numerous artists, poets and painters have been part of the scene in Vence: Dufy, Chagall, Dubuffet, Anthony Mars, and D.H. Lawrence.
The countryside of Vence is charming and has been protected, keeping the natural, away from crowds and construction. You will discover white and green oaks, Aleppo pines, rosemary bushes, acanthus plants, and bellflowers.
Different from the most Provençal villages, Valbonne was built along the lines of a strict plan drawn up by the monks of the islands of Lérins off Cannes. The village is hidden by fortified houses and counts 4 entrances, one on each side.
Strolling in the labyrinth of streets in the old village you will discover the place des arcades (17thc.), and the hotel de ville and its 19thc. Belfry. There is a charming fountain where horses and mules used to quench their thirst right in front of beautiful doorways decorated with symbols of the penitents and the trade guilds. Discover some Valbonne properties during your visit.
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The city of the perfumes! Here you will find perfume museums and even perfume factories to visit.
You can discover the old city of Grasse on your own just by walking about the shaded streets enjoying its treasures: charm of the old squares (Place du Petit Puy, Place aux Herbes, Place aux Aires), the outdoor markets, the fountains and the winding streets.
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It seems that Biot is the site of an ancient volcano, or rather the “village” is located near a volcano. Not surprising, considering the fact that the region of the Southern Alps is actually an ancient tectonic zone. In addition to this, volcanic rocks were discovered in the ground before the huge construction of real estate.
This perched village overlooks hills covered with mimosas and olive trees. By visiting Biot you will take a real tour through Provençal history. It is well known for its glass blowing, where you can see men blowing the glass and create, just in front of you, colourful carafes, plates, pots.
With its Mediterranean sunshine and exceptional snow cover, the resorts of Alpes Maritimes are a paradise for winter sports. It offers a massive number of snow parks and ski runs.
You can still find old chalets with wooden balconies, old farms or simply apartments right on the border of the ski runs.
In summer it’s the hiking season, through meadows and forests where you will have the opportunity to admire ibexes, chamois deer, marmots, buzzards, hawks.
All the way down to the south east corner of France along the Mediterranean, and adjacent to the Italian border, are the Maritimes Alps and the world renowned coastal strip of the Côte d’Azur.
What makes this departement so beautiful is its rugged coastline with the Alps cascading in the blue sea. At certain times of the year you have the difficult choice of deciding whether to ski or to swim! The slopes and the sea are just an hour apart by car. The sun is shining for 320 days a year.
From Cannes to Nice onto Antibes and all the way to the Italian border, this location is not only beautiful but full of prestige. The coastline is dotted with early 19th C mansions or modern luxury homes, majestic designs, and a mixture of modern designs and refinement.
During the summer months when the Côte d’Azur is particularly lively you can find sun worshippers on the beaches of sand or pebbles and strollers leisurely promenade along the Croisette in Cannes or down the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
The quaint old quarters of Nice and the famous flower market are a delight to visit. All along the coast you are enchanted by the little fishing ports which remain important to the local culture and industry. There are world renowned events that take place here such as Mardi Gras in Nice, the Jazz Festival in Juan les Bains, and the Film Festival in Cannes.
As you leave the sea going inland the landscape changes dramatically. The roads wind through the hills and the mountains abutting high above the water. The vegetation changes too: its Mediterranean character showing through.
The hills are covered with thyme shrubs, pines, olive groves, flowering laurel trees, and giant cactus plants all accompanied by the constant singing of the cicadas.
The city of Grasse has grown into the perfume centre of France thanks to all of these aromatic plants.
In the north of the departement we find the Alps with their snowy peaks and their sunny ski resorts. Some within an hour’s drive from the sea. 80% of this departement is covered by mountains, and offer fabulous skiing in the winter. There are 325 km. of navigable rivers attracting a great variety of water sports including kayaking and abseiling.
The Mercantour Park covers over 120 km. from the Col de Tende to Ubaye. It is a natural reserve sheltering many species of animals and plants and all in a magnificent countryside setting of 68.500 ha.
The village of Villeneuve-Loubet stands on a hill, while the new town and its buildings stretch down to the Mediterranean sea.
In the old part, where stairways are everywhere, you will be surprised to discover an interesting village, with steeply sloping streets bordered by colourful façades and balconies decorated with flowers. Discover a castle built in the 13th. surrounded by 10 hectares of grounds planted with Mediterranean and exotic tree species.
Nice, the fifth largest city in France, is well known for its elegance and charm, and its exceptional year round climate. Very popular overseas property location for Brits – check out Nice Property.
The famous “Promenade des Anglais” (English walk) is always bordered with various flowers. You can view the Baie des Anges (Angels bay) and the beaches on one side, and on the other many luxurious hotels such as “The Negresco”.
You can stroll through the ochre coloured streets listening to the “Niçois” speaking their own language, and taste Nice’s best recipes (try the Pissaladières, Pan Bagnat, the Salad Niçoise or the famous Ratatouille). The main cooking ingredient is olive oil, of course, and many of the local dishes are garnished with the succulent little black Nice’s olives.
But do not forget Nice is also a city of art and culture. After Paris, Nice has the largest variety of museums in France.
In the summer you can enjoy the Nice Jazz Festival held in the arena, the gardens of Cimiez, and on the Promenade des Anglais.
Each quarter in Nice is alive with life featuring markets, boutiques, street cafes and restaurants making the whole city a “nice” place to live.
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Situated on the Cote d’Azur between Cap d’Ail and Menton, and just before Italian border, you can find Monaco. It is one of those magical and glamorous places that rightly have a worldwide reputation.
This tiny capital, is built in front of the mountains (Monaco is nicknamed “The Rock”), and recently several hectares of land have been reclaimed to Monaco’s area by building several sky scrapers right on the sea!
Monaco is full of expensive boutiques with the latest chic fashions, palatial luxury hotels, and very chic restaurants and cafes, stretch limos, expensive cars and beautiful people! This perfect little gem is one of the “IN” places for the international jet set and the houses or apartments are, understandably, very expensive!