The town of Hyères, often referred to as Hyères-les-Palmiers, may seem unassuming, but those who visit only for a day often regret not staying longer. It is very different from the other coastal towns in the Côte d’Azur as it is located 4km inland from the sea. Because of this, it is often referred to as the “forgotten town” of the Côte d’Azur, but thanks to its location it has bags of authenticity and is not overrun by tourists.
In the late 19th century, Hyères became the first ever resort of the Côte d’Azur. Queen Victoria and other members of the European intelligentsia travelled there in search of balmy winters. Later in the century, as the popularity of Nice and Cannes soared, Hyères took a step back. But today, the town has over 50,000 permanent residents, which makes it a thriving and always dynamic place no matter what time of year one chooses to visit. Rich in history, and peppered with more than 7,000 palm trees, it is one of the few places in the South of France that is more popular in winter than in summer. Purchasing a property in Hyères offers you all the benefits of a Mediterranean village and will make you part of a tight-knit community for life.