Property by Provence Department

France is divided up into regions, then sub-divided into departments. There are smaller sub-divisions into prefectures, cantons etc.

Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur is one of the regions of France often referred to as PACA. Strangely none of places in PACA are departments! Although Provence and Cote d’Azur are well know “areas” although there is much debate about their extent and borders.

Provence Departments

The departments are:

Property prices are more expensive on the Cote d’Azur and Luberon (often referred to by Peter Mayle in his Provence books)

Our selection of property includes: Var Property, Alpes-Maritimes property and Bouches du Rhone property.

In our Provence guides section, you will discover more about each department, and the popular locations in each department.

Our TOP LOCATIONS in Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur:

Le Thoronet


Var department of Provence-Alpes-Cotes d’Azur

Population: 921.555  Area 6.925 km2

As the gateway to the Cote d’Azur and the Verdon Gorges, the Var offers various landscapes, its sunny Mediterranean climate provides residents with an exceptional quality of life.


Tradition and serenity: with its old perched villages not far from the Verdon Gorges: Cotignac, Tourtour, dominating as far as the eye can see, its traditional provencal villages:Villecroze, Aups, Entrecasteaux, Sillans La Cascade, Tourettes, Fayence, Sillans, where one can still find old stone country houses, charms of another age.

Villages: (NORTH) Aups, Gorges du Verdon, Tourtour; (EAST) Fayence, Seillans; (SOUTH): Entrecasteaux, Villecroze, Sillans La Cascade, Cotignac; (WEST) : Rians; La Verdière.

var property in the hills


Footbridge of greenery between the sea and the scrubland, many vineyards and olive groves following one another, the quietude of shades reflects the softness of living.


Boasts of 300 km of shoreline on the Mediterranean Sea. Beautiful sandy beaches, wild cliffs plunging straight into the sea, protected islands like Porquerolles, well known beach resorts such as St Tropez, St Raphael, Ste Maxime, Bormes les Mimosas, marina towns that are worth the detour like Port Grimaud and Cogolin.

Var Property Prices

Since the arrival of the TGV train in Aix en Provence, there is a massive explosion in property prices but properties are still less expansive in the Var, than the Alpes Maritimes and Bouches du Rhone.

There are also direct flights from the UK to TOULON/HYERES or MARSEILLE.

Prices generally decrease as you go inland from the Mediterranean coast. Old Mas and Bastides built of stones are still available in the north of the department. Nice traditional Provencal villas with swimming pool in the Inland offer good rental yields from Easter till October; there is a lack of gites and B&B, so still places to create some.

You can find apartments, studios, houses made by architects along the coast where there are many marina developments.

Plenty of exits on the motorway from Aix en Provence to Nice (Saint Maximin La Sainte Baume, Brignoles) that offer you the possibility to catch up quickly the roads leading to the Inland and its famous perched villages.