Côte d'Azur

The Côte d’Azur, which has no strict borders, is said to range from the Italian border all the way to the town of Toulon or Cassis in the west. The area has hosted some of the world’s most iconic figures throughout its day, from Queen Victoria to Matisse and Picasso. Opinions on the Côte d’Azur are quite varied: some still consider it a fantastic playground, while others can find it a little passé.

Towns in the Côte d’Azur such as Cannes, Monte Carlo and St-Tropez are the epitome of wealth and extravagance still to this day. But despite its reputation, the Côte d’Azur is much more than a playground for the wealthy. At more than 31,400km sq in size, the landscape varies greatly. It offers desolate and quiet beaches along the coast of Menton, history-filled streets in the town of Fréjus, the fragrant winds of Grasse  – known as the perfume capital of the world – and wild ponies roaming the Camargue national park. Apart from the obvious towns that make up the Côte d’Azur, many others are active and have a working town atmosphere all year round.

The Côte d’Azur is popular for a reason – with a wide array of activities, it offers something for everyone. It has one of the world’s largest yachting communities, and hosts nearly 50% of the world’s super yacht fleets. It is home to Europe’s deepest canyon, a research and technology centre in Nice, and has over 100km of white sand beaches, among many things.

The experts say

There are territorial reforms happening throughout France coming up in 2016, which means that Languedoc-Roussillon will merge with Midi-Pyrénées and will cover 72,724km sq.

The property market in Côte d'Azur

The French Riviera property is a safe haven as far as real estate investments go. The market continues to be highly in demand, thanks to the thriving popularity of the location. The prices of property in Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo tend to not be affected when the global financial market is going through bad times. With the development market fairly saturated, prices continue to rise as availability for new accommodation decreases.

There is a lot of variety when it comes to property in the Côte d’Azur for sale. Chalets and villas are available farther away from the coastline, but the most premium properties are the mansions on the hills in Cannes.

The rental market in the area is strong and has remained steady throughout the years.

How to Get There

By Train

There are many regular train services that reach the stations of Montpellier, Nîmes and Béziers. The high-speed TGV arrives frequently from the likes of Montpellier and Nîmes frequently from Paris and London.

By Air

The nearest airports to reach the area of Languedoc-Roussillon are Nîmes, Montpellier and Béziers. Nîmes-Alès-Carmargue-Cévennes Airport is only 120km away from the closest town to the area. It is one-hour-and-30-minute drive away. Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport is only 75km away from the nearest resort of Languedoc-Roussillon. Béziers Cap d’Agde Airport is a short 50-minute drive away and about 50km from the heart of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Weather

Spring / Summer

As far as 20km off the coast, the land has been developed for tourism; however, it has also managed to maintain a very strong vineyard agricultural culture. The average temperature in July is 23°C.

Fall / Winter

The area is known to be dry and warm during the summer, but winter sees strong winds that are cold and a terrain that is very wet. The winds are from the Tramontane and the Mistral region. The average temperature in December is 8°C .

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