Nice, the fifth largest city in France, acts as a magnet attracting people from all over the world, for a multitude of reasons. Not only renowned for its grace, Nice has become a hub for research in industry, science and advanced technology since the creation of such centers as Acropolis and Sophia Antipolis, the silicone valley of this prestigeous area.
Nice is also a city of art and culture and after Paris, has the most museums in France. The Promenade des Anglais which is 7km long is also a great place for people to gather every day of the week, popular with runners, cyclists and skateboaders alike and over looks the beautiful mediterranean sea.
Valbonne is a very beautiful little old town situated about 10km from Cannes , built in a peaceful valley bursting with Mediterranean vegetation.
It is very chic and residential and has grown tremendously since the beginning of the 70s, at the same time as the nearby science metropolis known as Sophia Antipolis. The engineers and researchers from all over the world who work there have either bought or built villas and country houses in the surrounding area.
Valbonne is lucky in that it has a historic centre sheltered by its rampart of village houses, conserving its charm and beauty. It is a lovely place to visit, and has been beautifully restored and maintained.
With a population of about 265,000, Montpellier is France’s 8th largest city. Unlike many of France’s other large cities, Montpellier’s roots aren’t Roman or Greek. Throughout Montpellier’s rich history, the city has been known for many things, such as being one of the biggest trading centers in the 12th century, as a cultural hot spot where people of many different religions could co-exist peacefully, and as an industrial center. Montpellier is sure to inspire you, from its medieval streets ideal for shopping to new neighbourhoods combining natural spaces and buildings designed by the greatest international architects, via its new modern tram lines designed by Christian Lacroix. It is a fantastic place to live, ideal for families with children of all ages, amazing schools and many sports facilities availiable to all ages.
Narbonne is situated about one hour west of Montpellier. It is a thriving, bustling and attractive town with much to do and see. Its economy has been boosted by the wine and tourist industry. Its center is an attractive place for shopping and sightseeing. The town nestles beside the Canal de la Robine and is dotted with riverside bars and cafes. The daily award-winning food market, La Halles, is reputed be one of the best in France, overflowing with local produce and on Thursdays there is also an open-air market stretching along the canal bank near the Halles.
Situated in the Languedoc Roussillon area it has some very attractively priced properties and is a great place for rural walks and exploring the countryside.
When thinking about French history, many people refer to tales about the French revolution in 1789 and the French resistance movement against the Nazis in Second World War. One of its better known cities is Bordeaux which rests on the Garonne River and it can be an interesting place to visit for a holiday and an amazing place to think of settling to live.
Bordeaux has a great quality of life. Although it is a big city, the locals people seem to have found the perfect balance between working hard and enjoy their downtime. The fact that it is a very bicycle-friendly city and that a lot of people use bicycles as their primary way of transportation is a great way to break down fast-paced rhythm that other places in France are used to.
The diversity found in Bordeaux and its region is one of the key points that makes it very attractive. During the year, there are many opportunities to take day trips to get to know the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. The ocean is only a hours drive away and the Pyrenees are only a quick two hour drive, where you can find some amazing ski resorts.
Bordeaux, is of course, one of the most famous region in France for its delicious wines, alongside its gastronomy which is why you will find many restaurants belonging to an array of famous chefs both French and other parts of the world.
Regardless of which city you go to, there is always a safety risk, but incidents of crime are pretty low in Bordeaux. You should feel perfectly comfortable travelling on the trams late in the evening, as it is often crowded and has a video surveillance systems in place.
Sarlat-la-Canéda – by its full name – is a gorgeous medieval town located in the Dordogne Valley in southwestern France, within the greater region known as “la Nouvelle-Aquitaine". As of the last census dating back to 2016, the city had a total population of 9127 people known as “sarladais(es).
Sarlat is also the capital of a region known to locals as the “Périgord noir” (Black Périgord). It is a town steeped in history and a major tourist destination that attracts between 2-3 million tourists annually. The town center is made up of picturesque streets dating back to the medieval ages, boutiques, hotels and restaurants.
The place de la Liberté is in the center of the town, which is also where the weekly farmer’s market is held and where the many regional specialties are offered for sale: black truffles, the world famous “foie gras” (duck liver paté), figs, nuts and more.
Expatriates from around the world flock to this medieval jewel of a city, in the search of sunlight, culture, food and overall lifestyle. The proximity of the Dordogne River, along with its many outdoor activities. such as canoeing, rafting, fishing, biking and hiking, is a huge draw for people of all ages and from all walks of life. You will therefore routinely hear English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, German and of course French, spoken in the streets of Sarlat as well as in the surrounding towns and villages of Carsac, Cenac, La Roque Gageac and Beynac.
More than 50,000 expats, including many retirees, live in Pau, in the Béarn region of France. This sizable and welcoming community has developed for two reasons—the oil and gas industry and the historical connection of this part of France with the UK.
The city of Pau, also known as the “Green City” and the “Garden City,” has one of the highest ratios of greenery per square meter per person of any European city. Pau’s greenery is tremendously diverse and includes trees and plants from Japan, the Caribbean, Mexico, Lebanon, the Mediterranean, Chile and California. This huge variety of plants, is in part thanks to the English settlers who came here after the Napoleonic Wars and brought with them their love of gardening and parks.
Pau is a landscape of accessible woodlands, the steep slopes of Jurançon wine country, the history-packed Plaine de Nay and its main town of Nay, and the pretty rolling countryside and ancient towns of the Gaves de Béarn. Pau is a university town, with close to 12,000 university students living on and off campus, helping to keep it lively.
Its cost of living is low so it is an ideal place for people to retire to, beautiful surrounding villages make it an ideal place to explore for a permanant residency or a holiday home.
Tucked away in southeastern France, Annecy sits at the tip of the picturesque Lake Annecy and overlooks snow-capped mountains.
The beautiful Lac d’Annecy, one of the biggest lakes in France, sits among snow-capped mountains and is known as the cleanest lake in Europe. Painted by Paul Cézanne, Lake Annecy is partly ringed by a cycle paths that locals and visitors use on a daily basis. Spend a few days exploring the whimsical canals of Annecy. Also known as the “Venice of the Alps”, the winding cobblestone streets of the Vieille Ville, or old town, are lined by pastel houses and bright flower boxes that will make you fall in love with this small French town. Stop for a croissant at a boulangerie, or have an ice cream at one of the town’s many gelaterias and spend the afternoon doing what the French love to do, people-watch, and also admire the amazing architecture. Annecy also hosts a farmer’s market, Au Rendez-Vous du Terroir (Tuesday and Saturday) and in the Old Town Market on the Rue Sainte-Claire (Tuesday, Friday and Sunday), there are also various markets on throughout the week selling an array of fresh foods and market wares. The Sunday Annecy market is one of the finest markets in France, with its colourful stalls lining the old town’s streets and canals, a site to be seen and to be tasted!
Of course the Alps is a great place to invest, not just in Annecy, but across the many resorts that have numerous off plan and resale chalets and appartements for sale. After a long day of skiing and snowboarding, why not treat yourself to a relaxing massage or a comforting jet bath in your own personal chalet? The luxurious amenities included inside of French ski resorts is what makes them incredibly popular amongst travellers from all over the world. There is nothing better than living in a lap of luxury while on skiing holidays in France. A great place to invest as rental income could be 12 months a year, the Alps being as popular in the Summer as the Winter, for off road Mountain biking to trekking and horse riding. Fun for all the family all year round.
Lyon is the third largest city in France and is one of Europe's most important banking centers, while the chemical, pharmaceutical, software and biotech industries are also vital in the city. As such, expats planning life in Lyon can look forward to a variety of working opportunities. France is famous throughout the world for its culture and Lyon is no different, with the city also plays a vital role in the history of cinema. Lyon is the home of the annual light festival ‘Fête des Lumières’, which runs for four days starting on 8 December each year — Lyon is sometimes known as the Capital of Lights because of this.
Gastronomy is very important in Lyon and two of France’s best known wine-growing regions are located close to the city, making it a great place to live for food and wine lovers.
Lyon is not far from everything you want in France. The Alps are just down the road and the riviera coast is about 300 kilometers south.
Beautiful, vibrant and lively, Lyon has everything to offer a young explorer or family looking to relocate to France.
Paris has so much to offer for anyone looking to invest or make a permanent relocation. Here you have Michelin-star restaurants next to historic cafés and an abundance of Museums that it is said even if you visited one everyday of the year you wouldn't visit them all! They are all a brisk walk away from well-stocked flea markets. You’ll never be short of things to see and do while living in the French capital, for example there are 421 municipal parks and gardens in Paris, covering more than three thousand hectares of the city’s territory. So if you love nature you’ll never get bored.
Some of the city’s landmarks include, the secret orchid fields in the Luxembourg Gardens, and the waterfalls and cliffs of Parc des Buttes-Chaumont grottos, right in the centre of the capital.
Of course Paris boasts the timeless architecture of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Pompidou Center and the classic Louvre where you can spend time enjoying the French history and exploring the beautiful streets full of small cafe bars and French gastronomy.
When considering purchasing a property in Paris the first step is to identify the neighborhood where you would want to live. There are so many beautiful areas in Paris, and each one has unique characteristics and charm. Alot of the arrondissements are “colorful and emerging” - many with good new invest potential - and apartment prices tend to be cheaper as a result. Some neighborhoods such as the 6th and 7th are more expensive, but are still the most sought-after by buyers. Maybe you would prefer to be on the outskirts of the city outside of central Paris? You will find the outlying suburbs that are known as Les Banlieues. to the west of Paris are wealthy, attractive suburbs and much-desired neighborhoods.
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