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Where is Best to Live on the French Riviera?

Where is Best to Live on the French Riviera?

Once you’ve decided to make the move to the French Riviera, the next big decision is, where to buy your luxury property?

Finding your perfect location along the coast can be tricky when every village is prettier than the last. And when it comes to lifestyle, the French Riviera is incredibly varied, there are so many different options along the coast.

So, to help you make that all-important decision, we’ve put together a handy guide listing the advantages of living in each of the following destinations in the South of France. Browse the different regions below to find a place to call home on the beautiful French Riviera.

Scroll down to cast your vote on where you think is best to live on the French Riviera.

Picturesque Provence

Picturesque Provence

Let’s kick off with the lovely Provence/Var region. Sitting between the Rhone river and the Mediterranean, this area is stunningly beautiful with some astonishingly diverse scenery. The Provence region is perfect for you if you’re looking for:

  • A more relaxed pace of life
  • Traditional festivals
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Vineyards
  • Pastis

Sassy St Tropez

Sassy St Tropez

Next up is the area around St Tropez. Once a humble fishing village, St Tropez is now the best-known seaside resort in the world. If you’re looking to spend your days at the beach and your nights in some of the most glamorous nightclubs in Europe, check out St Tropez for:

  • Miles of golden sand
  • Designer shops
  • Glitzy nightlife
  • Sailing regattas
  • Tarte Tropézienne

Charming Cannes

Charming Cannes

If you prefer to be right in the heart of the action, then Cannes might just be the place for you. Lively and with a full-on social calendar, Cannes is the perfect location for those who are looking for the bright lights of the big city.  Choose a luxury property in Cannes if you enjoy:

  • Chic beach-clubs
  • Gourmet restaurants
  • Luxury boutiques
  • Year-round events
  • Cinema

French Riviera Backcountry

French Riviera Backcountry

The hillsides behind Cannes and Grasse are packed with charming hilltop towns and villages surrounded by lavender fields and olive groves. The pace of life in the French Riviera hinterland is slow and peaceful, ideal for those who are looking to swap city life for a more tranquil existence. Purchase a luxury property here and you’ll love the:

  • Medieval towns
  • Daily fruit and vegetable markets
  • Village squares
  • Cosy bistros
  • Olive oil

Captivating Cap d'Antibes

Captivating Cap d'Antibes

If you’re looking for a modern city with the atmosphere of a Provencal village, the Cap d’Antibes area will suit you down to the ground. With its busy marina and historical old town, there’s always something going on in Antibes, while the coastline has some of the best beaches in the French Riviera. This is the perfect place for those who like:

  • Lively bars
  • Sheltered coves
  • Excellent restaurants
  • Art galleries
  • Superyachts

Stunning St Jean Cap Ferrat

Stunning St Jean Cap Ferrat

St Jean Cap Ferrat is one of the most select destinations on the planet. Small but very pretty, the village has a year-round holiday feel thanks to its designer boutiques and port de plaisance. Just a few kilometres from Nice and Monaco, St Jean Cap Ferrat is ideal if you’re searching for:

  • Golden sunlight
  • Wild coastlines
  • Local restaurants
  • Walking trails
  • Privacy

Majestic Monaco

Majestic Monaco

Last but by no means least on the list is Monaco. The most glamorous principality in the world is every bit as exciting and luxurious as it looks. A modern city centre with a chic beach resort, Monaco is the best of both worlds. Monaco is the best place to buy a luxury property on the French Riviera if you want:

  • Dazzling nightlife
  • Designer boutiques
  • Michelin-starred restaurants
  • World-class sporting events
  • Casinos

If that hasn't whet your appetite, take a look at our collection of luxury real estate on the French Riviera, then you will defintely be ready to up sticks and move to this beautiful region.

Here's the results of our Twitter poll. A tie between Provence and Monaco. Let us know in the comments below where you think is the best place to live on the French Riviera.

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