Welcome to... Provence
Provence, perhaps more than any other region, truly captures the very essence of all that is France. It is has a rich and enchanting character with contrasting elements of beauty, serenity, and vibrancy. Breathtaking snow capped mountains shimmer and sparkle during the long summer days, crystal clear streams trace outlines through the mountainside forests as they follow their ancient and well worn paths down to the lush and fertile land below. Almost defying gravity itself, quaint hill top villages tower above glorious lakes nestled below in landscapes that have captured the imagination of many fine artists over the centuries; Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne and Matisse were all inspired by the beauty that is Provence. Medieval towns, idyllic villages, imposing chateaus, ancient Roman and Saracen ruins, all adorn this region. A delightful melting pot of cultures and civilisations has all left their mark on the area.
Provence is a land of fragrance; no wonder it is considered the perfume capital of France. Wherever one travels in this most charming of regions, our senses are awakened by the subtle bouquet of natureâs beauty; lavender, jasmine, wild sage, rosemary and pine all vie for our appreciation and approval. Follow the lavender route and walk thigh deep in the rolling fields of lavender, starting at Abbaye de Sénanque andacross through the Drôme and the Vaucluse.
The city of Avignon stands on the banks of the river Rhone and is a gateway to Provence. This graceful city is known as the belle of Provence's ball and attracts many visitors to its annual performing arts festival. The papacy relocated here in the early 14th century bringing with it an influx of wealth and influence; its legacy defining the splendour that we have today. From here you can discover the wonders of the ancient port of Marseille. North of the Vieux port lies the Le Panier quarter with its unique history, souk like markets and ethnic diversity. Marseille is a cultural experience whose memory and charm linger long after departure. Just 25kms from the hustle and bustle of Marseille is Aix-en-Provence a small Provencal market town, an enclave of bohemian chic. Art, culture and breathtaking architecture are all steeped into the very fibre of Aix, and are a popular haunt for students and mature visitor alike.
Provence epitomizes all that is calm and tranquil,
more suited perhaps to those who enjoy a more relaxed environment. The jet set can be found some little way from these more peaceful and
quiet surrounds. Many favour the delights of Provence for retirement,
or as a second home, discerning tourists too can find a little piece of
heaven in which to escape. Investment opportunities abound in this
region with a wide choice of properties available.
Estate Net France offers an extensive range of real estate in the Provence region including luxurious villas with landscaped gardens, pools and spectacular views, prestigious apartments incorporating the most up to-date amenities and facilities, penthouse apartments, farmhouses and fishing cottages. Renovation projects too are seen by investors as an option of opportunity. Whatever your requirements, we at Estate Net France will provide a personal service with our representatives here to assist you in finding the property that meets your exact specification.
The region of Provence is vast with a wealth of sights and attractions to discover. It can boast 120km of some of the finest coastline in the world, over thirty ports and harbours. There are in excess of a hundred museums and monuments to explore and savour; splendid national parks and reserves await those who appreciate the outdoors and geological beauty. Throughout the year the region plays host to a range of festivals and cultural events. Provence also caters to the sportsman; fantastic fishing in the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean, exhilarating ski and snow boarding slopes for the discerning enthusiast, and challenging golf courses of breathtaking beauty.